Three cheers for Tribe-16's custom DEF/exhaust body armor!

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Finally took my ecodiesel out on the trails today (Hidden Falls Adventure Park, near Austin). A bunch of us vets got together to hit the trails, and we hit them HARD. This was the first time I had my Jeep offroad. I had stock Rubi suspension but I also had 35s (Falken Wildpeak AT3W on Fuel Cleavers). I watched a couple videos warning about the exposed DEF tank and exhaust, and conveniently knew somebody who had bought two of the new body armor designs from https://tribe-16.com (he offered to sell me his spare one -- I took that offer immediately!)

Let me tell you, that body armor made ALL the difference! More than once I scraped my belly because I just didn't have the extra lift needed for these 4-5 star trails. You can see from the photo that the Texas sandstone tried to do a number on my Jeep and Tribe-16s armor fought back with a vengeance! I am truly impressed with how well their design held up. Alas, my tailpipe tip got smooshed a bit, but nothing serious!

It was fun, but I'm not going to do that again until I get a decent lift on my jeep. Scraping body armor should be the exception, not the rule :)

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I don’t know how many of y’all were part of the TJ days but I had a gas tank skid on both of mine from Brad Kilby and that DEF skid looks identical.
 
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Gas/Exhaust armor isn't all that different, just the mounting dimensions, usually. One thing I will say, the "armoring" that Jeep gives you for that section in the Rubi is pretty lame. My muffler, and probably my DEF tank, would have been utterly destroyed had I not installed that armor. Best $260 I ever spent (I was able to buy it at a ridiculously discounted price - I think the actual cost is a little over 2x that, but ask the Tribe-16 guys)
 

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I’m not saying it’s a copy I don’t even know if that company is in business anymore just an observation
 

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@kogar do you happen to have any more pictures of the rest of the body armor? The ones you did post look sick though!
 
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@kogar do you happen to have any more pictures of the rest of the body armor? The ones you did post look sick though!
no other pics, but here’s a video of someone else installing theirs. I think they have a slightly earlier design, but it’s generally the same.
 
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Instead of protecting the muffler, I got rid of it. Zero sound difference
I’m really curious about this. Would that have any effect on mileage or EGR? I’m not super smart about the ED engine (yet), but my understanding is that the exhaust design played a critical role in the engine tune.
 

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I’m really curious about this. Would that have any effect on mileage or EGR? I’m not super smart about the ED engine (yet), but my understanding is that the exhaust design played a critical role in the engine tune.
I was in Moab over the weekend and while I didn't drag the muffler or DEF tank, It was always on my mind. After looking at the area, I wonder the same thing... why not just get rid of the muffler? Like you though, I don't know if this has any affect on the tune, EGR, Etc.? Would love to get rid of it if it there is not a problem with doing so. Doesn't appear to affect the sound anyway.
 

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Regarding muffler removal, I would say it should not affect the EGR or anything else. There is an exhaust throttle valve just in front of the axle that actively manages exhaust back pressure. I like the idea of getting rid of the muffler.
 
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