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Old June 8th, 2009, 03:29 PM
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skidplates?

hi everyone, new to the forum and the site. i just purchased a 97 blue d-90. id like to do some off-roading, but want to know if anyone has any recommendations on undercarriage protection kits etc..skidplates..what is needed and what is the best value.

any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks! michael
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Old June 8th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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Hi Michael

The sky is the limit really - I guess it depends how hard you want to wheel it?

At a minimum you'll want diff guards, some kind of steering protection or beefier components (both the drag link and track rod), a beefier rear skid under the gas tank, sill protectors (rock sliders), and rear corner protectors. You said underbody but make sure you get a decent front bumper as well.

What to buy is very subjective. I have

rockware front bumper
rovetracks steering upgrades
rovertracks sewercap on front diff, QT on rear
rovertracks beefier rear tailing arms
Bill Burke sliders (NLA)

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Old June 8th, 2009, 04:47 PM
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I am running the southdown steering guard, its served me very well. Rover tracks steering and rear links. Safari Gard front diff guard. Slickrock gas tank skidplate. Rockware pinion guards from and rear. Mantec sliders. Everything but the pinion guards have proved their worth.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 08:40 PM
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Oh yeah, front skid/steering guard, can't recall the brand. And Slickrock gas tank skid. Removed rear bumper and am making custom rear corner protectors.
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Old June 8th, 2009, 08:53 PM
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This is what you need:
1. Rockware frame sliders.. $300.00 protects the frame and ears for the rear trailing arms.
2. Rockware cat guard
3. Front Diff guard (Safari Gard, Rovers North or Rovertym)
4. Southdown rear diff guard, allows you to slide over obsticals with your diff
5. Rock sliders any brand or custom made
6. Brushbar with Steering guard built in or the Atlantic British 10MM version. (The Southdown one is essentially a shovel)
7. Upgraded Gas tank skid plate (Factory one is very minimal)
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Old June 8th, 2009, 09:19 PM
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you can also get all thos goodies from Equipe and QT

I have

Equipe Bumper with Steering Guard
Equipe Front and Rear Diff Guard
Equipe Rock Sliders

( in process as we speak )

QT 6 degrees Radius Arms
QT Rear Links
Equipe Track Rod
Equipe Portal Drag Link
Equipe Panhard Rod adjustable

All this products can be obtainned fron www.lucky8llc.com
Justin is awesome at service
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Old June 8th, 2009, 11:39 PM
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I think the most important thing is to do them in the order that makes the most sense (most common damage to least with some factor for cost of damage ie rear trailing links are cheap and easy to replace if bent, sill damage that gets to the non-cosmetic sill and the door is not).

1. Front diff gaurd.
2. Protect or upgrade the tie rod (the one behind the axle).
3. Rock sliders.
4. Heavy duty front bumper.

Beyond this it is diminishing marginal returns IMHO.

5. Upgrade or protect drag link.
6. HD rear trailing links.
7. Frame sliders to protect ears.
8. Rear diff gaurd.

I had all this and more on a disco and then took out a rear fender and window on a non-obstical, but now I just drive more carefully
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Old June 9th, 2009, 10:13 AM
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thanks for all the great advice everyone! now i have to go spend some money
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Old June 9th, 2009, 10:57 AM
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Michael, I've slowly added on over the years in the areas I felt not vulnerable. Here's my list for what its worth.

Rockware:
front winch bumper
frame sliders
trailing arms
rear pinion guard
cat guards

Rovertym:
welded dif guards front/rear
track rod
drag link

Safari Gard:
rock sliders
rear gas tank
rear corners

Follow-up Post:

typo: felt "most" vulnerable
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Old June 9th, 2009, 01:45 PM
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thanks! the rover came with frame sliders, but they might be a bit rusty, have to double check and a winch. thinking i will definitely need the steering guard, front and rear diff guards, tie rod and maybe gas tank plate. thats probably all i can afford right now, but thinking i should be ok on a beginner course with that type of protection? my first time out.
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Old June 10th, 2009, 02:35 PM
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thanks for all the great advice everyone! now i have to go spend some money
Hmm, new truck. Unless you are very familiar with the previous service history, it might be wise to consider leaving a litttle scrilla on the side for the unexpected, (but inevitable) mechanical snafu....

All the fancy, gee-whiz armor in the world won't do a thing for you when you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead fuel pump, or a shot brake light switch, or..., or... (fill in the blanks.)
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AAA is the first modification I made.
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AAA is the first modification I made.
LOL!
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Old June 11th, 2009, 10:40 AM
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AAA is the first modification I made.
Second one was finding Trevor.
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