Diesel Skid plates.

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FYI the RockHard Al skids will NOT work with any suspension that actually has droop. Just tried installing on a 2021 JLU Rubicon Diesel using a 3.5' MC lift. The front drive shaft will hit the skid cross member when the suspension is fully drooped. I'm sure it would also happen fully flexed.
Are you using the stock drive shaft or a replacement?





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Thanks for the info. This makes getting the MC lift more difficult. I was told by MC that the drive shaft would clear the cross member, but apparently not true. Any suggestions what to do?
 

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Yes get the suspension you want and then get a skid plate system that doesn't limit droop. Any other choice is a huge compromise.
IMO its designed for a street Jeep not one that rock crawls.

For the $$$ you could have a off road shop build you a skid plate from steel or Al.
 

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Yes get the suspension you want and then get a skid plate system that doesn't limit droop. Any other choice is a huge compromise.
IMO its designed for a street Jeep not one that rock crawls.

For the $$$ you could have a off road shop build you a skid plate from steel or Al.
I am currently using the MC full underarmor, plus rock hard LAC skids. Not sure if this is a good setup.
 

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Nothing wrong with that..we used the RH LAC skids also, very nice product for protecting stock link brackets.
 

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Nothing wrong with that..we used the RH LAC skids also, very nice product for protecting stock link brackets.
With your experience, do you recommend getting the MC 3.5 GC lift for the diesel?
 

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Yes its a nice kit I would just get some custom valved bypass shocks.

Bypass shocks custom tuned will ride better than any other shock on or off road.
 

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Yes its a nice kit I would just get some custom valved bypass shocks.

Bypass shocks custom tuned will ride better than any other shock on or off road.
Thanks again. Are you still experiencing the drive shaft impacting the cross member?
 

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Nope returned it, my bud who owns the JL is deciding on custom AL or a MC
 

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Nope returned it, my bud who owns the JL is deciding on custom AL or a MC
Thank you. I guess down the road I will get the 3.5 MC GC with the drive shaft. I wonder if the Adams drive shaft would be any better. I am going to change out the steering bars with the MC also. It will be a pretty much complete setup.
 

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Better...you want a better one have B&W driveline in Auburn Ca build you one. They make DS's for KOH rigs. Much better quality that anything you will get from the std DS manufacturers.
 

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FYI the RockHard Al skids will NOT work with any suspension that actually has droop. Just tried installing on a 2021 JLU Rubicon Diesel using a 3.5' MC lift. The front drive shaft will hit the skid cross member when the suspension is fully drooped. I'm sure it would also happen fully flexed.
take a picture, I was planning on getting these for my diesel.
 

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Artec as of today says 1-3 months for the aluminum skids.
I was hoping to save weight vs steel.
 

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