Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission? - Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum

Go Back   Jeep Garage - Jeep Forum > Jeep Platform Discussion > Grand Cherokee - WK2 - > 2014+ Jeep Grand Cherokee Ecodiesel 3.0

Join Jeep Garage Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
  #1  
Old 05-18-2015, 09:44 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 44
Thanks: 1
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 697
Gs WK2 is on a distinguished road
Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

Has anyone figured out why the factory only offers the plastic transmission "skid plate"? Seems silly that they install the metal ones over the transfer case, engine belly and fuel tanks with the ORAII package but keep the plastic over the transmission.

Could it have something to do with transmission cross member subframe mounts and concern with noise/vibration/harshness?

Do you think the transmission needs some kind of cooling and they don't want the metal to radiate the heat back on it?

I wonder if my warranty will be in question if I install a metal skid plate and then have some transmission related issue. I did notice the plastic plate has a fancy heat shield to keep the exhaust heat away from the transmission.

Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Gs WK2 For This Useful Post:
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 05-18-2015, 02:47 PM
dom42's Avatar
Premium Member
My Jeep: 2014 3.0L WK2
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: so cal
Posts: 877
Thanks: 560
Thanked 162 Times in 114 Posts
Rep Power: 2628
dom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond reputedom42 has a reputation beyond repute
Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

It will not void the warranty. I'm working on a metal plate for that section
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-18-2015, 10:02 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 123
Thanks: 5
Thanked 23 Times in 23 Posts
Rep Power: 934
hayasa is on a distinguished road
Re: Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

Quote:
Originally Posted by dom42 View Post
I'm working on a metal plate for that section
Wow, Dom, you'd really be popular if you can put that out! And how about a front engine under-tray (bash plate), the other weak area of the vehicle?

Also, FYI on your DEF protector. It took a beating last week when I went off-roading and over estimated the clearance on a particularly big mound of dirty rocks. The protector got a little messy after being dragged through the dirt but it cleaned up easily and now has a few battle scars. I can't imagine the plastic DEF injector surviving that kind of dirt bath. Anyways, thanks again for the protector and wanted to let you know it survived.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to hayasa For This Useful Post:
  #4  
Old 05-19-2015, 02:48 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,288
Thanks: 46
Thanked 155 Times in 126 Posts
Rep Power: 2811
Roadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond reputeRoadkill has a reputation beyond repute
Quote:
Originally Posted by dom42 View Post
I'm working on a metal plate for that section
Awesome. The only other option I saw was from an Aussie off-road outfitter and god only knows how much that would have cost to obtain.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-19-2015, 02:51 AM
Benn0's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 2,061
Thanks: 100
Thanked 326 Times in 255 Posts
Rep Power: 18660
Benn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond reputeBenn0 has a reputation beyond repute
Garage
Re: Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

The AUD is falling to the USD, so shouldn't be too expensive:

WK2 Transmission Protection Plate | Chief Products
__________________
MY14 Grand Cherokee LTD CRD - ORA2 & QL | Mopar 18" Night Fever Rims & Rock Rails | Chief Recovery Hooks & Sump Skid Plate | STMaxx 275/65R18
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-20-2015, 09:31 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Posts: 44
Thanks: 1
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 697
Gs WK2 is on a distinguished road
Re: Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

As for AM options, the Chief Products looks very top notch. I think RR also makes it but there web site is not very informative on what they are selling. Any other options out there? Any good or bad experiences with AM transmission skid plates.

As a side comment to the 2015 factory DEF skid, sure am glad they now install this as my first dirt experience in new rig with the wife few weekends ago in Joshua Tree I probably would have pinched/sliced the DEF wires and been screwed. Minor impact on that skid protected things as it should. This under carriage location is just in the impact zone when rolling over an object.


Sent from my iPad using JeepGarage
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-20-2015, 09:04 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 72
Thanks: 4
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 871
Terex is on a distinguished road
Re: Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

Quote:
Originally Posted by hayasa View Post
Wow, Dom, you'd really be popular if you can put that out! And how about a front engine under-tray (bash plate), the other weak area of the vehicle?

Also, FYI on your DEF protector. It took a beating last week when I went off-roading and over estimated the clearance on a particularly big mound of dirty rocks. The protector got a little messy after being dragged through the dirt but it cleaned up easily and now has a few battle scars. I can't imagine the plastic DEF injector surviving that kind of dirt bath. Anyways, thanks again for the protector and wanted to let you know it survived.
People who clean their skid plates live in a different universe than me.

Glad it performed well and that you had a good experience.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-20-2015, 09:08 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 72
Thanks: 4
Thanked 12 Times in 11 Posts
Rep Power: 871
Terex is on a distinguished road
Re: Why Plastic Skid Plate for Transmission?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Roadkill View Post
Awesome. The only other option I saw was from an Aussie off-road outfitter and god only knows how much that would have cost to obtain.
Wish I would have gotten down under the JGC Diesel at the Expedition Expo last weekend and looked for a skid plate. Everything was so wet and muddy that I wasn't thinking about getting on the ground. The integrated winch is great.

They had most of the vehicles from the Easter Jeep Summit in Moab.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Front Axle Skid / Splash PLASTIC guard. JoeJeep01 Troubleshooting/Problems 2 03-25-2013 09:55 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 - JeepGarage.Org
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Owners Community

JeepGarage.org is in no way associated with or endorsed by FCA US LLC. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Mopar and SRT are registered trademarks of FCA US LLC.