SkidRow Lower Control Arm skids
For Jeeps with Dana 30 or 44 Front Axle and Coil Springs
- 1997-2006 TJ Wrangler, including Rubicon and Unlimited
- 1984-2001 XJ Cherokee,
- 1986-1992 MJ Comanche,
- 1993-1998 ZJ Grand Cherokee
These skid plates are completely bolt-on and protect the mounting tabs of the lower control arms on the Dana 30 or 44 front axle. Why does this matter? Simply because the mounting tabs are among the first parts to hit the rocks and they are pretty easily damaged. They're made of surprisingly thin material and we've seen and heard of them being literally torn off while wheeling.
A set includes one skid plate for the left side and another for the right, as well as all mounting hardware and easy to follow instructions.
Other companies offer beefier mounting tabs that you can weld in place once the originals are damaged, but why let them get damaged in the first place? Replacing these tabs with beefier ones takes a lot longer than preventing the damage.
There are also weld-on skid plates that can be welded to the mounting tabs, but if you can't weld, you'll have to pay someone to do it for you. Even if you can weld, the small plates that are being offered don't offer the protection these bolt-on units do. These skid plates can be installed in about an hour with simple hand tools which means you get to spend more time on the trail!
Another benefit to having bolt-on skids is that you can move them from one vehicle to another. For example, if you sell your Jeep or it gets wrecked, the skids can be removed and put on your next Jeep.....if it's one of the models they fit, of course. We've had several customers do this and they LOVED not having to pay someone to weld on another set.
These skid plates are built to take a beating! They are made from 1/4" steel plate and use custom-made, grade 5 U-bolts and carriage bolts to mount them to the axle. They fit tight against the sway bar mounting tab on one side and up against the axle housing on the other side. The are also attached using the control arm mounting bolt so there's no way they'll rotate.
These skids are designed to fit with stock or aftermarket control arms and will work with virtually any aftermarket track bar. We've redesigned the passenger side skid to create more clearance for the larger track bars that several companies are now making.
Please Note: If your track bar has been lowered on the axle end, (SkyJacker makes a kit like this) the skid on the passenger side won't work.
Installation instructions [pdf link]