So.....BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD on my engine skid plate project.Installed a TNT Customs engine skidplate. Kind of a pain. Very nice piece, but NO instructions (I emailed them and the written description of the install he gave me was vague to say the least. They really need to at least label top and bottom for their support arms. And it took a little trimming to get it to not hit the gas tank skid. OK... rant over haha!
Anyway - overall very nice piece. and I would say very close to the same weight as the factory "skidplate" that you remove top install this.
Here's the evidence:Yesterday: Installed the Mopar winch plate, Quadratec Stealth 10 winch and hawse fairlead license plate holder.
Today: replaced both batteries, main and auxiliary. Whoever designed the mounting location of the auxiliary battery should be sentenced to replacing auxiliary batteries for the rest of his life!
Thanks for the update. I had a similar experience with my EAG doors, then. They had to send me a new rear door and multiple mirrors (came with them), and I had to adjust the rear doors for gap. and fit. I liked your design and the Mopar ones. Was considering switching from my EAC mesh look at some point, but I still really like them. We will see.They are Warn. Yes, I really like them. They are solid. I bought them partly because Warn said they would come out with a pad for the front doors' arm rest, then later said they weren't coming out anytime soon, then said they aren't doing them. I do like the locks because I can lock the rear doors when kids are back there and not worry about them accidentally opening a door.
The mirrors are TJ mirrors. They fit fairly well. If I did it again I'd go with YJ mirrors. The way they mount, they would have more range of adjustment. But the TJ mirrors are good enough.
I wish they'd come out with the mesh that Rugged Ridge has for theirs, too.
Install took a bit to get the adjustment just right. They were bumping the paint in the door jam and I had to talk to Warn about it. They suggested a minor adjustment and it fixed that.
The powdercoat on them is very good, too. They are actually my second set. The first set was from their very first production batch and they had all kinds of flaws. Northridge arranged for a new set to be sent and the new set was perfect. No flaws, at all.
How in the hell is your rig that f...ing clean under there .......... ...........I put on an Arcus front bumper. (painted the hooks red) Looks way better than I was anticipating. Winch goes in soon. I also did the Synergy relocation bracket for the e-brake cables. After my last e-brake fiasco I decided to leave them attached and cut the Rubber O-rings.
Not impressed with the Element. I was curious so I bought one to try. For training at my fire company recently we set up a sedan with an engine compartment fire. The hood was purposely left down since that it how we usually find them. I tried to put the fire out with it, but was unable to. Mind you I was in full gear with SCBA, so I was able to approach a lot closer than soneone would be able to in street clothes. Also, it seems to be an exothermic reaction, because when I tried to put it in the gap between the hood and the headlight, it started to melt the headlight. I‘ll post a link to the video we took once it’s on YouTube.Added an Element fire extinguisher closer for easy access.
So..... just in case anyone was wondering if this would work out...So.....BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD on my engine skid plate project.
As you can see, and if you read my comments there were no instructions, no pictures, and quite a bit of room for guessing on the placement of the front support arms.
WELL!!! Went to drive it today, and did not even get out of our neighborhood. I have a pretty bumpy road and that meant Instant clunking!!! Turns out what I thought was the correct orientation of the drivers side bracket was far from correct!
The front axle was contacting it just going down the road.
As you can see from my pics, I installed this on a lift. The suspension is basically at full droop when on the lift. While I did think of this, there was no way to test it out really. Well long story short I now had about 1-1/2" of up travel available in my suspension.
So, lucky me I got to quickly turn around, put it back on the lift, and quickly put it back to stock thus erasing the 3 hours I worked on it yesterday. All while wearing nice clothes and trying not to get dirty because we needed to be somewhere. ARGHH!!
I might try again tomorrow since it is a holiday and we have no plans, but right now I am so fed up I am surprised I did not throw it in my scrap pile yet! I will try again because it is such a nice piece but the brackets leave A LOT to be desired.
Is it possible that this thing will only work with lifted Jeeps!!?? If that is the case and they don't say so on the website I will be very angry to put it really kindly.