Belly pans on 3.0 Diesel

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I have gotten the same response from my Jeep Builder, but, was told the delay has to do with Artec moving into a new distribution facility. I have been promised that the aluminum skid plates will start shipping at the end of August. The aluminum skid system will have a net weight increase of only 12 lbs, once the OEM skids are removed, though the Artec plates will have full coverage.
I get reports that they are just finishing test fitment, then confirming fitment, then creating install documents, then material holdups, then...
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I get reports that they are just finishing test fitment, then confirming fitment, then creating install documents, then material holdups, then...
I wish Motobilt had a version for the 3.0, and if they made it in Aluminum even better. they still are my favorite overall design as far as how smooth of a belly it has. its not perfect, but I do really like it.
 

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I got the first 2-door JK belly pan (Al) from Artec. They installed it for free since they did not have such a vehicle of their own for testing. They found something was not quite right so they had to reinstall it a month or so later. That was when they were in Mescal, AZ. Maybe someone in the Salt Lake City area can arrange the same deal with them now.
 

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Got me a 21 JLURD recently and have been a little worried about dragging the belly. I've been offroading a CJ5 for so long that I haven't had to worry about the belly.
I thought I read somewhere that there was one of the belly skids that raised the ground clearance about 3/4 of an inch over the stock skids. Does anybody know which one that would be?
And how does the stock Rubicon stuff compare to this aftermarket ones for coverage and strength? It will probably be awhile before I need to drag it around on it's belly.
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Maybe someone in the Salt Lake City area can arrange the same deal with them now.
I've offered mine numerous times... Even just to get the skid into production.
 

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Got me a 21 JLURD recently and have been a little worried about dragging the belly. I've been offroading a CJ5 for so long that I haven't had to worry about the belly.
I thought I read somewhere that there was one of the belly skids that raised the ground clearance about 3/4 of an inch over the stock skids. Does anybody know which one that would be?
And how does the stock Rubicon stuff compare to this aftermarket ones for coverage and strength? It will probably be awhile before I need to drag it around on it's belly.
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Stock Rubicon skids are entirely inadequate.

I don't know of anything that improves ground clearance on the JL. There were some flat belly skids for earlier generations of Wranglers but those had the transfer case hanging down a bit. The JLU already has the transfer case mostly above the bottom of the frame.
 

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The pics on the website are from my Jeep. I'm very happy with them. Great customer service also.
Artec kept promising something never happened. Otherwise no issue with the vendor.
Metal Cloak is quality stuff and if I wasn't running such a heavy setup where the steel weight wasn't a problem, I recommend their stuff also. No experience on RockHard, but they were def too heavy for me.
What is the fuel filter access like with Next Venture? I see MC added a access window.
 

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What is the fuel filter access like with Next Venture? I see MC added a access window.
There is an access hole same as the stock if you need to let the water out. To actually change out the filter you take the skid off which I believe is at the 20K mile mark.

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Not sure what the clearance gain was, but its about as tight as you can make it
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For those waiting on Artec, they kept telling me soon since Sep of last year and we are almost a year later still not available.
 

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I know this is an old post but I ended up getting Next Venture stuff. Pricier, but super nice and lightweight

How do you like the Next Venture stuff? I saw they mention being compatible with long arm kits which I need...vs. Rockhard.
 

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How do you like the Next Venture stuff? I saw they mention being compatible with long arm kits which I need...vs. Rockhard.
I like it and would buy it again.
since I got mine they now have a removable panel for the fuel filter.
 

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I like it and would buy it again.
since I got mine they now have a removable panel for the fuel filter.
Are the bolts recessed? The rockhard on my JK was nearly impossible to get off after some hard wheeling.


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I wonder what impact on operating temps a full belly skid system will have? I would assume it will trap quite a bit more heat underneath where all the exhaust components are, and when in Regen I bet the floor gets warm. will be interesting to see before and after temps for oil, trans etc. when towing and offroad.
 

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I wonder what impact on operating temps a full belly skid system will have? I would assume it will trap quite a bit more heat underneath where all the exhaust components are, and when in Regen I bet the floor gets warm. will be interesting to see before and after temps for oil, trans etc. when towing and offroad.
Doesn't look like too much of the exhaust is covered. Doubt it will make any noticeable difference. I ordered mine at the beginning of August so hopefully I'll find out soon.

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