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Old 12-19-2013, 11:46 AM
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Re: ORA2 Skid Plates

I am not happy with the vulnerability of some items under my new Grand Cherokee. It looks like they are diesel-related. Did Jeep assume that diesel owners would not drive through brush or on rocky or icy roads? As posted by others, there is no protection for some hoses, cables, and an electronic module, as well as the infamous non-metal transmission cover.

My plan is to add my own protection. There are a couple unused threaded bolt holes that will be useful. I will have to drill a few holes in the skid plates as well. I don't yet have it all figured out, but I have a basic plan. I plan on bolting flat steal strips over the exposed cables, hoses, and electronic module. I have to respect the heat shield on the transmission cover, so I am thinking of placing a piece of expanded metal over the transmission cover. It would span from the two steel skid plates.

I am trying to make it survive brush, downed trees, and flying rocks and ice. Stuff I do with my '95 Grand Cherokee without any concerns.

Maybe I'll post some pictures... BTW, I am not much of a fabricator, so it may be a little crude.
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