The Bronco Rear Diff Skid and Pinion Guard is designed to provide protection for your pinion, and provides a smooth surface to slide over obstacles.
As any rock crawling enthusiast will tell you, every inch of ground clearance matters. Anything on your Bronco's underside that can be smooth should be, or it's likely to catch on an obstacle. Our Bronco Rear Diff Skid is CAD designed with 3D modeling and Precise 3D Scans to retain every bit of possible ground clearance for critical protection you need on the trail.
We build the Bronco Rear Diff Skid from a combination of 1/4" and 3/8" thick steel. This diff skid ties into multiple locations on the differential flange, as well as clamping tight to the snout of the differential. As a result, you will distribute any force -- such as the weight of the vehicle on a rock -- over a much larger area. This skid also extends your coverage to the pinion seal and yoke/flange where the rear driveshaft attaches.
This skid fits the Bronco rear M220 Differential. This skid will not fit the Bronco Sport Or Bronco Raptor.
*This skid is designed and recommended for use with our heavy duty Bronco Differential Cover.*
Included with purchase:
(1) Rear Differential Skid Plate with Top Clamp
(2) Hardware Sticks with hardware/ bolts
(12) Class 10.9 Zinc Plated Fasteners
Do I need to empty my differential fluid before installation?
In our experience, no. The factory gasket in addition to the very thick/ rigid flange on our HD Diff Covers has not leaked any fluid when removing the lower 6 bolts on the cover, as long as the upper 6 bolts are left in place during installation.
This ties into the diff cover; will it cause the gasket to begin leaking fluid if hit hard enough?
In our experience, that would be unusual. When properly torqued with a good gasket, the clamping force of the differential cover bolts along with a very thick/ rigid flange. This prevents most impacts from compromising the integrity of a good gasket/ seal between the cover and differential. Our diff skid extends so far forward, it arguably offers more leverage than the diff cover itself. This is why the pinion/ snout clamp components and hardware are so substantial.
Will this work with my factory diff cover?
Installation with a factory cover is possible, but will require a shim/spacer to account for the factory cover's thinner material. While a stack of washers may do the job, we also offer this laser cut spacer for a clean, 1 piece solution. For ultimate strength, protection, and rigidly tying into all 12 mounting points that the axle offers, we recommend using this product in conjunction with our HD Bronco Differential Cover.
- What are the torque specs for installation? 26 ft/lbs on the M8 Hardware, and 37 ft/lbs on the 3/8"-16 Hardware
Products are designed and fabricated to fit vehicles that have varying tolerances from the factory, minor hand fitting may be required.
Products are shipped bare metal unless otherwise specified by the customer. Bare metal products may have scratches or surface imperfections as a result of raw material handling, manufacturing, and fabrication. However, these imperfections are easily covered up with a textured powder coat finish. Additional finishing, sanding, and prep work may be required if you wish to also have them finished with a smooth powder coat or paint.
Projected lead times are estimates only, and are subject to changes due to production realities, including material and labor availability and sudden variability in order volume. Lead times are not guaranteed, but we do guarantee that we are hard at work trying to get the best product we can produce and into our customers’ hands as quickly as possible.
All Next Venture Motorsports products are laser cut, CNC formed, and hand-welded with pride in the USA. We are a Colorado-based business, and welcome visitors by appointment at our Grand Junction, CO headquarters. We hope to see you out there on the trail soon!
Very solid skid plate. Beautiful welding job as well.
This thing is strong (1/4" plate) with a rock solid mounting system. Fit up was excellent. It protects the driveshaft joint and is sloped to slide over obstacles. It also has drain holes at the lowest point. I don't think there is anything that I would change. The supplied bolts are shiny and give your diff a little bling (for now). I'm not really a bling guy, but I've already received positive comments about it. It looks great. It also provides some protection for that brake line that dangles down on the back side of the diff. I'd definitely buy it again. Install was under 20 minutes. I did throw some blue thread locker on there just to be safe.
Installed skid plates after having them powered coated. They look great and easy install. Made of heavy steel, confident they will protect my Bronco.
Had a delivery issue (from the shipper not nextventure) but nextventure took care of it and got everything squared away! Diff skid is stout and the quality of everything is top notch!
Install was a snap! All of 15min if that. Fits literally "like a glove". Alot of peace of mind with the way it's built. Many moons have passed since we played the game what kinda truck was in front of us from the diff drag marks cut into the ground. Now I can play all day!
Why next venture?
parts inspired by the trail
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.