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New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

Just looked under the rear of my overland and was surprised with the bundles of wire running underneath without some kind if bellypan to protect them. Is this normal on the non off road package jeeps or did they forget to install something?
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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

The connectors are weatherproofed, wires are in cable loom, taped up to factory looks... looks legit to me. There are many more examples like that on many other vehicles. They don't pose a risk, as long as no one starts messing with them. The biggest reason wiring fails is because someone messes with the connector, compromising its weatherproofing.

Your O2 sensors are one other off-hand instance I can tell you about this kind of wiring. EVAP system can be as well, depending on where it is located on our model (haven't explored mine much yet).
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Just seems like it wouldn't take much more than running over a branch to rip one of those wire harnesses apart.
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Exactly why I want skidplates....

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Just looked under the rear of my overland and was surprised with the bundles of wire running underneath without some kind if bellypan to protect them. Is this normal on the non off road package jeeps or did they forget to install something?

This is exactly why skidplates are a good idea....
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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

Exactly. Skid plates will prevent anything from hitting them. But for 90% of people that never take it off road, they'll never see an issue. Also worth mentioning they are tucked up there pretty well, it would have to take a pretty well-placed (i.e. 1 in 1000) hit to the area to cause damage.
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Exactly. Skid plates will prevent anything from hitting them. But for 90% of people that never take it off road, they'll never see an issue. Also worth mentioning they are tucked up there pretty well, it would have to take a pretty well-placed (i.e. 1 in 1000) hit to the area to cause damage.

I'll never understand why skid plates aren't standard.
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I'll never understand why skid plates aren't standard.
Weight and the subsequent mpg hit.
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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

It seems like just a plastic cover/belly pan would be sufficient for protecting these wires from a kicked up rock or running over some brush. Certainly for rock crawling you might want a metal skidplate, but I'm surprise they are so exposed even if the vehicle may never see more than gravel roads.
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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

I think you are being overly critical; I don't see much to be concerned about. Take a peak at some of the pickups on the road and you can usually see fuel lines and wiring harnesses in plain sight. Also, with the exhaust and the suspension arms in the way, what kind of laser guided rock or branch are you expecting to come in at the perfect angle with enough force to actually damage those wires? I don't even think the factory skid plates even cover that area.

If it really is concerning, you can always have something custom fabricated to protect these areas.
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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

There are not many cars in the world that cover all the "wires" underneath. Nothing new, nor is it a problem in a way.
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Re: New overland 4x4 should something be covering these wires underneath?

I used to own a Cherokee and currently own a Commander and Wrangler. All have similar "exposed" wiring. I have never caught it on trees or rocks off road. Nor have any heat-seeking sticks or stones managed to nick the wires.
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