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Old 03-05-2015, 09:22 PM
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2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

Good news folks. I just picked up my new 2015 Overland EcoDiesel this evening and was happy to see there is now a factory SKID plate that covers the DEF injector harness. This is a heavy duty small steel plate that protects the harness wrapping under the unibody frame.

This is something that must have been changed just within the past 4 weeks. I know because this is our second new Overland within the past 4 weeks. Our first one arrived on February 9th (ordered on December 15th) but it did not have the skid plate. We did not accept the vehicle because of a damaged roof and ordered another one the same day. It arrived this evening and I like what I see for the most part. Letís hear some of your thoughts after seeing the attached photos.

I already have one of Domís aluminum plates, but I wonít need it. Domís plate certainly covers more than the factory plate, but it just wonít fit with the factory skid plate installed. If anyone wants to buy mine, Iíll let it go for a great priceÖ never been used.

Dom, you may be able to improve upon the new factory skid plate. It doesnít cover the actual injector itself. It offers more locations to bolt additional protection wings to it to perhaps cover the injector itself.

When I have time Iíll jack the car up and take some better photos, but itís -3įF here and dark.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:39 PM
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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

I wonder if Jeep will have some TSB for the early 15's and 14's?
This doesn't speak well for Jeep if they don't given they know this was a problem and took a long time to do a solution but what are hearing from them? So far nothing....
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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

Well I guess that helps protect the wiring. But it isn't going to do a lot for the injector if you drive through some thick mud, or throw up some ice or rock off the wheels. Time will tell I suppose.
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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

Hats off to Dom for doing a better job than Jeep's engineers.
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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

I agree
Thanks DOM for making a better protector plate than Jeep
The Jeep one looks beefy but does not protect the injector as well


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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

Didn't one of the TSBs say to zip-tie the wiring up to the frame? This may be intended as a clean factory fix for that problem. They may still internally be in denial over the injector, especially if they saw a lot more cases of damage because of the wiring than from impacts to the injector itself.

It's a shame it interferes with adding dom's plate....
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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

Maybe I'm not seeing it correctly, but this doesn't appear to actually protect the injector at all.
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It's a shame it interferes with adding dom's plate....
Why is that a shame? Just remove it and put it in the trash, then install Dom's plate that actually protects the injector.
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Maybe I'm not seeing it correctly, but this doesn't appear to actually protect the injector at all.
It doesn't cover the injector, but It slightly covers the heat-shielded connector that plugs into the injector. It will limit the size of what can get up into the area of the injector to do damage, but they could made it a little bigger to protect it even better.
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Why is that a shame? Just remove it and put it in the trash, then install Dom's plate that actually protects the injector.
I'm thinking of doing that, but I do like the strength of the steel vs. the aluminum. My gut says the factory plate has 95% of the scenarios likely to cause damage covered and Dom's plate has 99% covered. I may just leave well enough alone. The factory plate would deflect anything kicked up by the wheel, but deep snow, mud, or thick brush along with some very bad luck is still potentially a problem for the factory plate.

I think the steel factory plate offers better protetion against going over a large rock or stump and smashing the harnes where it crosses under the frame. I may experiment and cut Dom's plate to fit along with the factory plate.
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Re: 2015 EcoDiesel DEF FACTORY SKID PLATE

I'll stick with Dom's plate thanks


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