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The skid plates look very nice. Great job.

I saw a video with a Jeep engineer and he was asked about additional skid plates. He defended the production JL by saying:

1.) Additional skid plates are not necessary as the production Jeep has all of the critical parts protected with the factory skid plates.

2.) Addition skid plates add extra mass and affect fuel economy and GVWR.

3.) Addition skid plates affect the heat dissipation of the engine, transmission, transfer case, exhaust, ect.

I wheel, but I don't do anything crazy. I decided not to add any additional skid plates and see what happens. If something gets damaged, I will then do whatever I need to do to prevent reoccurance. So far, so good, with just the production skids.
 

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The skid plates look very nice. Great job.

I saw a video with a Jeep engineer and he was asked about additional skid plates. He defended the production JL by saying:

1.) Additional skid plates are not necessary as the production Jeep has all of the critical parts protected with the factory skid plates.

2.) Addition skid plates add extra mass and affect fuel economy and GVWR.

3.) Addition skid plates affect the heat dissipation of the engine, transmission, transfer case, exhaust, ect.

I wheel, but I don't do anything crazy. I decided not to add any additional skid plates and see what happens. If something gets damaged, I will then do whatever I need to do to prevent reoccurance. So far, so good, with just the production skids.
He’s saying what you’d expect to defend his work and company, but he’s wrong.

I also have the Artec aluminum skids.
1) not really. The Artec skids cover the same areas and a lot more areas that also need protection if you crawl around on the rocks. They protect those critical areas better plus add protection to additional critical areas.
2) they are made of 1/4” aluminum and are several pounds lighter than the OEM stamped steel skids they replace.
3) my temperatures have not increased at all. They allow plenty of air flow.
 

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3) The Rusty's cover even more (so it should be even worse in this regard) its regularly 110+ in Phoenix and I haven't had any over heating issues. Temps are about the same as before I had any skid plates.
 

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The skid plates look very nice. Great job.

I saw a video with a Jeep engineer and he was asked about additional skid plates. He defended the production JL by saying:

1.) Additional skid plates are not necessary as the production Jeep has all of the critical parts protected with the factory skid plates.

2.) Addition skid plates add extra mass and affect fuel economy and GVWR.

3.) Addition skid plates affect the heat dissipation of the engine, transmission, transfer case, exhaust, ect.

I wheel, but I don't do anything crazy. I decided not to add any additional skid plates and see what happens. If something gets damaged, I will then do whatever I need to do to prevent reoccurance. So far, so good, with just the production skids.
I too have the Artec aluminum and the weight added is negligeable. What you will find out if you wheel a lot, specially in a 4-door, is that you will start to bend and rip the factory skids. Then, when you go to install an aftermarket skid, the job is that much harder with all the bent crossmembers, brackets and bolts.

Remember, Jeep built a product to a cost point and a capability point. The vast majority of Jeep buyers don't go off road, the ones who do, mostly do sand/beaches/open desert/mild trails. A tiny minority do stuff on the rocks where protection is need. Sadly for me in New England, all trails are rock heavy - not a choice to go without skids.
 

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Wait, did you say 15 pounds??? My JK has steel skids (and they have saved me a few times) but they must add 150 pounds to my Jeep. Please tell me these provide some real protection and are actually that light. If so I'm in for my new 392!
 
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Wait, did you say 15 pounds??? My JK has steel skids (and they have saved me a few times) but they must add 150 pounds to my Jeep. Please tell me these provide some real protection and are actually that light. If so I'm in for my new 392!
Artec claims the gas tank, tranny and oil pan skids only weigh 10 lbs more than the stock steel skids (which are removed) then another 5 lbs for the etorque battery (stock etorque skid is retained)
 

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I can from personal experience of seeing two friends crush a cross over pipe and an exhaust loops that the factory protection is not adequate.
 

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Do you have the Etorque motor, it kind of looks like you do with that driver side rear skid plate.

Does that manufacture have a bracket to hold up the cables on the front of the 48 volt battery?

I have Metal Cloak skid plates and they look near identical to yours, BUT metal cloak does not have a bracket holding up the cables on the front of the 498 volt battery.
 

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Why don't they come this way from the factory?
 
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