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    After my last trail ride I did an inspection and some maintenance on my Jeep (JK). I noticed a little scraping on the oil pan. I am sure it is time to add a little armor to the oil pan. I came across the Jeep Rancho JK Oil Pan Protection Cover RS6208

    I found a pretty good writeup on it on Project JK. It looks good from that writeup, but I wonder if anyone has experience with the product or something like it. It is held on by Permatex RTV Adhesive, not bolted on like all of the others I find online.

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    Last time I crawled under a JK it was with a crowbar in hand to pry something off that was hanging down, so I am not really sure what the oil pan situation looks like on thr JK, but are you going for something that is not bolt on?

    I have a TJ, but I got a bolt on engine skid from Jeep Medic. It is sturdy enough that I could probably drop my jeep down on a jersey barrier and still be good to go.

    Bolt on products are pretty easy to install and it may help minimize the risk of it getting torn off if you run into some bad stuff.

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    If you have access to a welder and materials you could build a solid skidplate that you'd never have to worry about.

    My oil pan skid attaches to the front of the RE center skid and then to some brackets that were welded to the frame.



    A "stick on" skid will protect the pan from scratches on the bottom but what happens when you come down hard on the pan? All of that force will be transferred to the pan.

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    I was expecting to get a bolt on skid plate when I started looking. I just happened upon the the oil-pan pastie. I am glad I asked. I doubt that I can easily get something welded on but will go for a bolt on.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hely74 View Post
    After my last trail ride I did an inspection and some maintenance on my Jeep (JK). I noticed a little scraping on the oil pan. I am sure it is time to add a little armor to the oil pan. I came across the Jeep Rancho JK Oil Pan Protection Cover RS6208

    I found a pretty good writeup on it on Project JK. It looks good from that writeup, but I wonder if anyone has experience with the product or something like it. It is held on by Permatex RTV Adhesive, not bolted on like all of the others I find online.

    Thanks,
    Henry
    I have the Rancho on mine after a trip that dented the heck out of my oil pan. I used RTV adhesive and also I safety wired the Rancho at all 4 corners so there is no chance of failure. Been running it for well over a year now with no problems...

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    I would go with a bolt on application that bolts into the frame, engine mounts, trans skid, etc.
    The problem with that one is, when you hit a rock, you're still hitting the oil skid. If you get a bolt on one, you hit the skid and transfer the force of the impact out. It also works as a slider instead of getting a rock wedged up there.

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    I have the Nth Degree (now AEV) skid. I got it exactly for the reasons above about transferring force to places other than the oil pan. Sorry, I don't know much about the JKs so let us know what you decide on and why.

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    Finishlinewest.com has a skid for under $150, Riverraider.com has some great parts too but they cost a bit more.
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    I went ahead and ordered the Rock Hard Jeep JK Wrangler
    Oil Pan, Transmission & Dual Catalytic Converter Skid Plate
    . It covers a lot more than what I initially intended, but I probably would have piece parted it later. The installation looks clean on the web. I will post up some pictures when I get it so we will know if it is really yellow!

    Thanks for your help,
    Henry
    Last edited by hely74; 10-19-2009 at 20:10.

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    Looks pretty beefy. Is there an add-on solution for the tcase that's hanging naked? or does your belly pan go back on.

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