If you're going off-road, protect that front differential from damage/leaking!

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    Another confirmation that one of the few things Jeep got wrong on the new JL is the front diff drain plug. If you are going off-road, especially in rocks, get a rock slider under there. Mine took some hits, it turned and started a slow leak. Could of been much worse! I was able to get over a full rotation on it before it started getting tight again. Hopefully we'll see more vendors release diff sliders for the front soon. Right now, Rancho is the only one I know about.

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    And a heavy duty diff cover front and rear. Was wheeling with a buddy one time, and he backed into a big rock. His stock cover caved in on his ring gear, breaking the teeth off, and putting a hole in the cover.
     
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    Dumbest location to put a drain plug

    Come on Jeep!!
     
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    Have been waiting on Metalcloak to come out with their front diff skid.
     
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    I have the Rancho one, it's pretty sturdy and easy install. It's also a lot better than nothing.

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    Just ordered the Rancho. Thanks for the reminder. Yours is not the first damage I have seen!
     
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    I know the obvious is a skid plate, but I wonder if some genius somewhere has a simple-but-highly-effective solution to this problem. Is a skit plate it???
     
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    I have been waiting for @Metalcloak for this as well. Hopefully soon..
     
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    Maybe not simple but an upgrade to a Dynatrac Prorock 44 can also solve it. Lol.
     
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    It seem so TOTALLY SCREWED UP--JEEP spent 10 years CORRECTING the JK problems and then they issue this KINDERGARTEN OBVIOUS front DIFF. DRAIN PLUG--

    I gotta go with the RANCHO SKID PLATES--I used them for 8 years on my '08 JKUR and SPECTACULAR !

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    At least there is a drain plug. Better than the days when there was none, and your only option where to take the cover off or extract it thru the fill hole.
     
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    Matson from Metalcloak said that their front diff skid would be in production in another month or so.
     
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    I have the Metalcloak rear ordered, and the Rancho front. once Metalcloak comes out with the front I will swap out the Ranco one for the Metalcloak one. I also have the full Undercloak skid system, and the Rock Hard LCA skids ordered.

    after sliding under the JLUR, I was shocked at how exposed everything was. seems like FCA got everything wrong in regards to rock protection.

    1. front and rear diff, easy to trash due to drain plug location and ridges.
    2. no skid for oil pan or transmission.
    3. exhaust loop vulnerable
    4. FAD not the best protection
    5. STEERING STABILIZER LOCATION SUCKS
    6. muffler easy target
    7. coolant lines on the 2.0 rear battery. (I have the 3.6, so the one does not impact me)

    I'm sure I am missing more, and not counting how the rear bumper and Rubicon rock rails damage the body tub due to flex.

    while the Jeep can do so much off-road, there is a good chance of damage that you would expect would be protected against (especially in a Rubicon)
     
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    One of the very first things I'm doing when I get my JLUR in two weeks is adding all the necessary skid plates and replacing the stock rock rails. I'm honestly surprised that Jeep doesn't offer an upgraded skid plate option for the Rubicons as a factory option, but it probably wouldn't be nearly as good as aftermarket.
     
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    There is. Tack weld the plugs in after making sure they're tight. Two to 3 tacks usually do the trick...though you should periodically check them if you rockcrawl a fair amount.
     
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