Hard rock skid plates - heavy heavy

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I’m looking for any opinions here. I put on the rock hard 4x4 steel skid plate system a couple years ago, it is great for protection. It they weigh close to 300 lbs. I drive easy-moderate trails 2-3 times a year. My concern is that the weight of these, for 99.5% of my driving, is hurting MPG and stressing the engine etc. am I thinking right about this? Im considering swapping out for lighter skid plates.





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Why would 300 lbs stress the engine? That’s like my and groceries in my wife’s Jeep.
 

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If you don’t really need them and care about fuel economy, then yes. Take a look at them. See where they’ve got scratches and dents. That’s where you need protection. If they don’t have any, we’ll...

Ive got Artec aluminum skids. I think they added 10-15 lbs net weight when you take into consideration what they weigh vs what the OEM steel plates that they replace weighed.
 

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Adding weight is a performance issue for sure. Look at the concept Stitch and what happened when weight was removed.
 

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You are way overthinking this. It’s a Jeep, you made the investment, and they might come in handy at some point.
 

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If you don’t rock crawl you likely don’t need the skids, pick a better line and you’ll likely never need them. They are mostly just a conversation starter and probably retains heat underneath.

FYI I don’t have skids.
 

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There are a lot of Aluminum options available and I have found some that can be under 100 lbs for the belly skid system, removing weight is the biggest thing you can do to your rig to make it perform better, every pound adds up.
 

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Just buy a cheap good used gas mileage car and leave the jeep as is.
 
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Appreciate the replies. I got the hard rock skid plates because they fit with the hard rock rock rails, the LOD rock rails I originally had wouldn’t fit with these. That was a couple years ago. There weren’t many options available back then. I’ll check a few out to see if I can find something that will fit, be lighter, and
 

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I have LOD sliders and the Artec underbelly. There was only one bolt that they shared. I had the LOD slider mount cut and rewelded 1/4" lower to accommodate the skid.
 

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