I looked at many different types of skid plates to protect the steering boxes on the TJ's. Now the 2003's went to a cast steering box, so we didn't have to worry about the aluminum cover or o-rings on the old ones. I was still concerned with catching it on things and just possibly doing some damage to it. Spending a little money on piece of mind for that opps matters. I almost bought a Skid Row when Brad Kilby released his. Now I have seen his gas tank skids and know the quality involved in them, so I ordered his steering skid. Having it be a lot cheaper in price than the others factored into the purchase. When it arrived in the box I was surprised at how heavy it was. I was now holding 7lbs of steel protection in my hands. I felt sorry for the rocks.
5/16" Drill bit
File or Dremel
|1. First take a look at how your bumper is mounted. In my case I had an aftermarket bumper so I would need to drill a hole into the front cross-member. The skid is designed to work with either factory or aftermarket bumpers. Remove the lower bumper mount bolt with a T-55 torx.|
|2. You will need to remove the lower front bolt from the steering box. This requires a 5/8" socket or wrench to get off.|
|3. Now place the Kilby's skid up and reinstall the bumper mount bolt, and the steering box bolt.|
|4. Now that you have it firmly bolted in place, you can mark and drill
the cross-member support. I took the skidplate back off, deburred
the hole I drilled and touched it up with some paint. Since
I wasn't going anywhere I decided to let it dry and put all the bolts
back in then.
Note: If you have the factory bumper you can drill the additional hole in the bumper. The skid plate already has a hole provided in the front lip.
|N-m||Ft. Lbs.||In. Lbs.|
|FRONT BUMPER SCREW||104||77||-|
|POWER STEERING GEAR GEAR TO FRAME BOLT||95||70||-|
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