Originally Posted by JMessick82
Yeah, I was probably being a bit too aggressive for not having the skid plates installed yet. I have ordered them and the pieces that were damaged and I hope to get them in and put them on by this weekend. I read through the thread you linked and that is actually a different piece that they were discussing. What came off on mine was the Transmission Shield (Part# 68191341AB). It didn't travel down the undercarriage, what you saw in the photo was that one of it was still bolted in place and the other end had torn through the bolt holes and was hanging down. One of the issues I think is that the bolt holes are too close to the edge of the shield (there is only maybe 1/4" or 3/8" of meat between the hole and the end of the shield). The piece I think your were talking about is called "Front Shield" (Part# 68037063AD) on moparonlineparts.com and that was damaged too. The same bolts that hold up the front end of the transmission shield hold up the back of the front shield and the front shield tore at through the bolt hole there too. Because of it's rigidity and that it is attached in more places (I think) it actually stayed in place other than that back end is hanging down about 1". Anyway, once I get the factory skidplates & the RRO pre-runner skidplate I ordered yesterday on it should be fairly bullet proof.
Ah, I see. I thought it looked more like the location of the plastic trans cover, but saw in your other pic that it looked like the front cover, so I assumed it was the same piece.
Anyway, both of those pieces are a joke as far as protecting anything, granted I rather have them there than not, but they won't stand up to any abuse off road. If I were you, I'd replace that plastic trans cover with a real metal one, although Mopar, or anyone in the states as far as I can find online, doesn't offer one for nonsensical reasons.
I'd also say you'll be pretty far from bullet proof with that setup too, as much as I wish it was. The factory skid plates will definitely help out, but as I said, they are lacking with protecting everything that's being jeopardized, ie: both pieces you broke. And the RRO prerunner only protects about when the front sump cover starts at the front of your bumper, so it doesn't really protect or replace that part at all, although it's still better than OEM bumper setup for off road purposes.
I'd say these following setups would be much more bulletproof with the addition of your prerunner, but still not all the protection I'd want if I was really pushing it.
ASFIR skid plate set (Israeli based company)
Chief Products - Lower Front Guard, Front Sump Cover, Transmission Plate + the additional Mopar skids. (Australia based company)
I wish there were more options out there for us, like the WK has/used to have. 4xGuard makes a ton of parts for them, but show very little interest in WK2 platform unfortunately.
Keep us up to date with your mods and adventures though! Best of luck.