2020 stock Rubicon 2 door - need diff skids?

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So I will be headed to Colorado this summer to do 10 days of exploring easy to moderate Jeep trails and camping. The roughest from research would be like the Alpine Loop. My question is should I be putting diff skids on to at least protect the drain caps or am I okay running without. I am new to this so learning to pick lines will be important. Anything else I should protect?
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So I will be headed to Colorado this summer to do 10 days of exploring easy to moderate Jeep trails and camping. The roughest from research would be like the Alpine Loop. My question is should I be putting diff skids on to at least protect the drain caps or am I okay running without. I am new to this so learning to pick lines will be important. Anything else I should protect?
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I've been going out to Ouray for 10 years in both a lifted JKUR and most recently my JLUR without a lift and have not had any issues on Imogene, Engineer, Black Bear, Yankee Boy, etc.
 

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I have been on all of the SW Colorado trails except Poughkeepsie gulch in a stock Xterra, a stock 4Runner, and a stock 2dr JK and never had a problem on any of them. I have seen people drive the Alpine Loop in a Subaru (although probably not without scraping).
 

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So I will be headed to Colorado this summer to do 10 days of exploring easy to moderate Jeep trails and camping. The roughest from research would be like the Alpine Loop. My question is should I be putting diff skids on to at least protect the drain caps or am I okay running without. I am new to this so learning to pick lines will be important. Anything else I should protect?
Thanks
You won't need skids at all for anything around Ouray, even Poughkeepsie. I ran everything there stock this past August with no issues. You'll be ok. You can always use this trip as a scouting trip to see what you think you'll need for next time.
 

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I installed a front diff skid shortly after buying my 2 door JL Rubicon. I never ran a diff skid on my previous TJs or any other vehicle I've owned. But the JL had me concerned.

Sounds like you won't be seeing any sizable rocks on the trails you plan on running, but when you get here you might find yourself on a different trail. To me, that downward facing drain hole seems to be quite exposed and it wouldn't take much of a rock, even a loose one just laying on the trail, to tweak it so that it could cause a leak. May not be enough to cause catastrophic failure on the trail, but it sure would suck to have a minor drip that you don't notice before getting on the highway back to NE. I have the rancho diff skid, I think I paid $160ish for it. I find it to be pretty cheap peace of mind for me. The rear drain plug is better protected by design, so I did not bother with a skid for that diff.
 

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