When you want to be ready for any trail any time, skid plates are important. They protect your JKs most critical components -- and you want your engine, transmission, transfer case and fuel tank in good shape while you're tackling tough terrain, technical obstacles, and of course for the ride home.
Given all of the added protection these offer over factory pieces, full belly skids become the largest piece of real estate to consider on or under your Jeep when you're looking to save weight. We chose to build these out of 5052 Aluminum for it's superior formability and strength compared to many other alloys -- as the design and shape of the skids largely determines how rigid they will stay over time. We designed these belly skids to locate bolt heads up and out of the way where possible as can be seen on the rear crossmember and fuel tank skids. The skids shown here are a pre-production unit; production units are countersunk on all the bolt holes on the bottom faces of the skids.
Weight comes in at 85 lbs for the skids, including the steel crossmember and brackets/hardware. Removal of the factory gas tank skid is required and nets you a 3/4" gain in ground clearance; in addition you also lose the weight of the factory steel gas tank skid.
We also designed these pieces with compatibility in mind for popular aftermarket suspension kits (such as the Rock Krawler Long Arm Suspension), larger axles, and driveshafts.
UHMW - THE ULTRA HIGH MOLECULAR WEIGHT OPTION
Want to make these skid plates slippery and even more impact-resistant? Select the UHMW Option! UHMW stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight. It's the 3/8" thick black cutting board like material that can be optioned onto these skids; it is more abrasion resistance than carbon steel, and it's fairly light weight. It helps to better distribute and absorb impacts, and keep you sliding along rather than getting stuck or hanging up on an obstacle since it's slippery and self lubricating. If you select this option, the UHMW will come pre-installed on the bottom of the aluminum skids.