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Old May 21st, 2009, 06:17 PM
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who makes this skid plate?

I have this skid plate on my defender (previous owner purchase), but I haven't seen it on another d90 until now. I found picts of it on a seriously overpriced defender on ebay . I've looked for the manufacturer of this with no luck. My guess it's no longer made or sold. Does anyone know who makes (made) these, and is it worth it's weight and loss of ground clearance? Looks like it can get hung up on rocks as well.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 06:30 PM
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Looks like the one AB sold.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 06:40 PM
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Looks like the one AB sold.
You are correct!
http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/9578A.cfm

I guess I didn't search hard enough

I've been on their website before and didn't see it until now.

Thanks to pointing me to who makes it.

So I guess I don't have to worry about my gearbox getting mangled
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Old May 25th, 2009, 09:36 AM
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If you do any wheeling ditch it. I had one for a little bit and it filled with mud and hung up on rocks.
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Old May 25th, 2009, 12:31 PM
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If you do any wheeling ditch it. I had one for a little bit and it filled with mud and hung up on rocks.
No kidding! That thing looks like it hangs down 5in below the frame!
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Old May 26th, 2009, 09:18 AM
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Something like that. Might nor have been much of an issue on a lifted truck but stock it was a great ground anchor.
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I cant think about how much heat that thing holds in.
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Hmmm.... I have one and love it despite it's drawbacks. I'd rather have the armor than bash my exhaust, cats, or t-case. I have a 2" lift and have not had many issues with it hanging up on rocks. Although, I do try to avoid the larger variety. Not many rocks in my driveway or garage.
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Old May 26th, 2009, 10:34 AM
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I have a similar one from Rockware, it connects via small tabs welded on their Frame sliders. It may hang down an inch below the frame. I have needed this many, many times and it has the deep scrapes to prove it...
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Old May 26th, 2009, 11:21 AM
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If you do any wheeling ditch it. I had one for a little bit and it filled with mud and hung up on rocks.
Right now I am hesitant to just ditch it, although I see your point. I was thinking of getting the Safari Gard frame sliders, but didn't know how much better those would be or if they would protect the gearbox at all.

I have full skids on my FJ (Bud Built, Total Chaos, All Pro Shock and Link Skids and more) see pics The Bud Built are really designed well, as I pretty much slide right off rocks. With the IFS on the FJ, I wanted as much protection as possible.

I would want something similar for the D90, but don't want to over do it. I know the D90 is very capable in stock form so I want to test her out this summer "as is" with the addition of good sliders. Mine has stock suspension with steering guard, gearbox mid skid and tank guard. I would like to be able to get home in one piece, but I have a tendency to push it every now and then

I know driving skill is the most important thing to bring with you on the more difficult stuff (and having the brains to go around when needed) What do you guys think is the best protection setup for a D90?
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what are shock skids?
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Old May 26th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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what are shock skids?
Shock mount skids and rear link skids
here are screen grabs of All Pro's version (which I have on my fj)
There are other manufacturers that make beefier versions, but these were what were available at the time I bought them.
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Shock mount skids and rear link skids
here are screen grabs of All Pro's version (which I have on my fj)
There are other manufacturers that make beefier versions, but these were what were available at the time I bought them.


I had my FJ similarly protected...
Bud Builts, and misc All Pro rear shock and lower link skids.
Fun stuff.
Them Bud Builts are the stuff!
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I had my FJ similarly protected...
Bud Builts, and misc All Pro rear shock and lower link skids.
Fun stuff.
Them Bud Builts are the stuff!
Maybe I'll ask Bud to do some stainless steel custom skids for the D90
Not sure if I like aluminum down below protecting my privates.
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Rockware is the way to go... They have a brilliant cat guard and their frame sliders rock. I have the complete set up for both my trucks.
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To be honest the bit the skid covers are pretty well tucked under the truck. My experiences have been that I need frame sliders more than something to protect the gearbox. But ultimately we all do what we want and think is best for our trucks.
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Rockware is the way to go... They have a brilliant cat guard and their frame sliders rock. I have the complete set up for both my trucks.
Would you mind posting up a bunch of pics of your frame sliders? I would love to get a closer look at what RW did as I may end up with them or build my own.

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Old May 27th, 2009, 10:36 AM
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Would you mind posting up a bunch of pics of your frame sliders? I would love to get a closer look at what RW did as I may end up with them or build my own.

Thanks
I grabbed these from their website.
I like how the frame sliders protect the rear trailing arm mount.

Frame slider description:
One of our most sought after accessories, the Frame Slider, protects the delicate frame of your Rover. The Frame Slider is made of 3/16" steel and will handle all the abuse you can throw at it. It encapsulates the frame from front radius arm to rear trailing link bracket and more. The design allows the slider to extend past the rear trailing link bracket to provide a smooth transition at this pesky hang up point. All with a single bolt (existing) for attachment.

Cat Converter skid plate:
We also have a LARGE skid plate available that tucks almost up into the engine compartment and adds protection to the catalytic converters, made from 1/4" steel and braced. Comes with vent holes to keep floor temperatures down.

They don't look compatible with the AB skidplate one I have.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 11:04 AM
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Would you mind posting up a bunch of pics of your frame sliders? I would love to get a closer look at what RW did as I may end up with them or build my own.

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This may work for you, I cut the ear protectors off of my RW sliders after I went to heim jointed rear arms. Kept my frame in excellent shape on the D90.
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