Protect your 3.6L engine with our Hauk Off-Road JL skid plate armor! Our engine skid includes an oil drain panel that allows the oil to be changed without removing the skid. An optional oil drain valve can also be added to make oil changes a breeze! It can be installed individually, or with the Hauk Off-Road Transfer Case and Gas Tank Skids. Available in bare steel or with a black satin finish.
Add some extra protection for your skid plate, with our UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight plastic) cover skin! Adding a cover skin can protect your skid plate from scratches during off-road use.
Note: Our aluminum skids, while offering excellent protection, will not stand up to the same level of abuse as our steel skids. Also available with replaceable UHMW Polyethylene skins. UHMW stands for Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene and these 3/16" thick panels are specially designed for sliding over rocks. They can be used with the steel or aluminum skids. We strongly recommend them with our aluminum skids, which are made from 1/4" material. The aluminum skids will protect your system, but they will get scratched if you wheel them hard so the UHMW protects the aluminum and helps them to slide over the rocks instead of getting scratched up!
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Posted by glenn gioseffi on Oct 25th 2018
Came well wrapped and all the parts plus directions.
3 hours install. Heavy, need car jack if doing solo. I put front tires on ramps.
Drain the oil and remove oil pan nut (1/2 inch). Simply screw on new oil pan nut that has a valve for future changes. Super slick device. In package.
To hang the brackets, you must break loose the back nut on the engine mount. Not a lot of room for hands, ratchet, and extended break bar. Need deep socket 18MM. loosen nut to the end but not off and tap bolt to rear of jeep with a hammer. Slide the bracket into the 1/4 space you made at the HEAD of the bolt. Hang bracket and tighten nut again. Repeat passenger side. This side is tighter and much smaller.
the plate is about 60 pounds so slide in plate and try and get one screw in the bracket so the plate has a pivot point. Move to rear and use a car jack to lift the plate into spot so you can get in a bolt on the back. **there is a large flat plate that holds the skid to the frame. You do not bolt the skid to the frame. Loosely Bolt the plate and that holds the aft skid.
Once you back bolts loosely in, move skid so it is centered, go around and tighten the 4 hanging bolts (19MM socket) and 2 aft skip bolts (18MM socket).
Go back and add the other 3 hanging bolts.
*** Put oil back in jeep (I put in new oil). check for leaks around new valve. I let sit over night.
Lastly put on the triangle plate that covers the oil pan value. Use standard Allen wrench set.
The directions are good and they have pictures that help. I kept original aft bolts as they were longer.
Don't give up, it is great once in place. Budget 3 hours as the hangers take time to break the nut on the engine block.