97-06 TJ Belly Skid Kit for AW4 Swaps


Regular price $499.99

Estimated 3-5 weeks to Ship

97-06 Jeep Wrangler Flat Belly Skid


Looking for better protection and a significant gain in clearance? Improve your rigs break over angle with Next Venture's TJ/LJ Belly Skid! This skid is purpose built for use with TJ's with the Jeep 4 liter, with an AW4 (Aisin Warner) from a 1987 to 2001 Jeep Cherokee XJ swapped in place of the original transmission.

  • Truly flat bottom: even the mounting hardware has been moved from the bottom to the side of the frame rail.

  • Over 4 inches of clearance gained over the factory skid plate!

  • Skid Laser cut from 3/16" steel (or 1/4" if optioned); 1/4" cross member and frame brackets.

  • Flanges front and back for additional strength and to prevent the skid from digging into/catching on any obstacles.

  • Cad designed and CNC bent for the right fit every time

  • Ships bare metal - will require paint prep and paint/powder coat. Available powder coating options only apply to belly skid plate component as other components will require welding.


Included in kit:

  • (1) Belly Skid

  • (2) Inner frame plates/crossmember brackets

  • (1) Transmission Crossmember (this functions as the transmission mount and is mounted to the inner frame plates/tabs via rubber bushings)

  • (1) Hardware Kit (excludes AW4 mounting bolts; re-use factory metric hardware)

  • (1) Transfer Case Clocking Jig (Click here for more information; do not add this to your cart separately as it's already included!)

Not included but available here:
2" Raised Motor Mounts



Installation notes:
Welding and drilling is required. This is not a bolt on kit! We'll be happy to provide technical support via phone/e-mail and text; but this kit should be installed by a competent welder!

*This kit does not include any ECM/wiring components or shifters; you are free to choose between conventional shifting (done via ECM) and manual shifting. Check out http://www.radesignsproducts.com/ for some manual shifting options!*

*Clocking of the transfer case is *required*; a drill template is included*

*1.25" body lift is required and is not included* Skid is compatible with factory body mounts and most boat side body mounts (both stock and 1.25" raised mounts)

*Exhaust modification/rerouting usually required*

*Transmission cooler lines and cooler are required and not included*

*Raised Motor Mounts are required and are not included by default* Can be purchased here! https://nextventuremotorsports.com/product/jeep242mm

*SYE (Slip Yoke Eliminator) KIT required and not included*

*For use with Jeep 4.0 and NP231 ONLY. It is not intended for use with Atlas 2 or 4 Speed Cases. Not compatible with Rubicon/Unlimited Rubicon models with the larger 241 transfer cases*

Why choose next venture?

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Our team got into the game after rock crawling, wrenching, fabricating and being inspired to design and build parts for what we love to do: hit the trail.

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what our customers are saying

My rear Next Venture diff skid takes a beating! Best rear diff skid available. Well done!

Lee Bower

Quality is amazing, items fit perfectly. Couldn't be more happy; these are gonna help out a lot between the tons and LS1.

Austin Besnier

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