(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install M.O.R.E. Oil Pan & Transmission Skid Plate on your Jeep Wrangler
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The M.O.R.E. or Mountain Off Road Enterprises oil pan and transmission skid plate is for those of you that have a 1997 to 2006 TJ that take your Jeep off road, and want some added protection for those soft and very important parts of the underside of your Jeep. This skid plate is going to be a two out of three wrench installation, because you do have to drill a couple of holes in the cross member of your Jeep, but we'll talk more about the installation in just a second. So, adding skid plates is always a good idea if you're somebody who does some serious wheeling, whether you play on the rocks, in the water where there might be an obstacle that you can't even see, or you're just running trails where there might be a tree stump or roots, whatever it might be, anything that comes up into the underbelly of the Jeep can cause some damage and skid plates will help you avoid that. They'll also help you slide over obstacles if you're purposely getting yourself into those situations if you're doing some pretty serious rock crawling.So the oil pan and the transmission is one of those really important areas to protect, and it doesn't have any protection from the factory. Of course, you have this skid plate back here on the transfer case, that's also the cross member for the transfer case. But this area here is largely unprotected. So it is one of the more popular pieces of underbelly armor for the Jeep. This one here from M.O.R.E. I think is very well built. It's a nice heavy-duty 3-1/16 inch steel, it also has some quarter inch steel in some of the brackets, all the brackets are very strong, very beefy, everything fits really, really well. It's also very well thought out, it has a hole right here, you can see this is a drain for the oil, so when you do an oil change, you don't have to drop the skid plate down, which is just good thinking. I actually have something very similar, and I use one of those valves on my oil pan, so I can have a tube coming down through there, it makes it nice and clean for your oil changes. But overall, like I said, very well thought out, very well built, and it also fits very well also.Now, you don't have to drill those couple of holes there, but, in my opinion, that's not going to be a big deal for a lot of you guys. If you're going to be hitting the rocks, you're going to be digging things, you're going to be scratching things underneath your Jeep, so popping a couple of holes to add protection is probably going to be okay with the vast majority of you. And again, we're going to show you how to get this thing installed in just a second. Now, a skid plate is really nothing more than a bent up big chunk of steel. So it can be a little bit difficult to swallow the price tag attached to some of them. But, overall, when you consider the amount of damage that they protect you from, all of a sudden they become worth it. So this one is just a little bit over $300. Again, for the fit, for the quality, for the strength, ease of installation, I do think you're going to get a pretty good deal there, especially when you consider what it would cost you if you do punch a hole in the oil pan or damage your transmission. This thing is going to definitely be a steal, it's going to offer additional peace of mind and confidence when you're out there wheeling as well, which you really can't put a price tag on. So, I've said a couple times now I'm going to show you how to install this thing, let's get to it.The first step is installing these brackets. They're going to be some small brackets that go on the bottom of the motor mounts, then some extension brackets off of that, and then finally the skid plate. So we're going to start with these. And what I'm going to do is actually drop these bolts with a washer on it in from the inside of the motor mount so that it's sticking down, I think it's going to make the install just a little bit easier. But you can really do this however you want, either pushing the bolt up from the inside and then getting to the nut on the backside, or how I'm going to try and do it. Either way you decide to do it, M.O.R.E. does provide you with a small wrench that's designed to be bent to make it a little bit easier to get to the back of the bolt head on the inside of the motor mount. So, once you get to that point, you can go ahead and make a tweak on that wrench to make sure you can reach the inside of the motor mount to hold the bolts. So let's go ahead and get this bolt dropped into place and then we'll get the bracket installed.So once we get the nut and bolt hardware started on the passenger side here, we're going to leave everything loose until we get everything started. We'll go ahead and move over and install the same bracket on the driver side. Now that we have both of the motor mount brackets loosely installed, we can install the J brackets, there's a longer bracket and a shorter bracket. The longer one goes on the driver side here. We're going to use the same nut and bolt hardware that's included in the kit to get this attached, and you'll also want to leave this loose until the end of the install. Once we finished with the driver side here, we'll move on to the passenger side.Once both of those brackets are installed, we'll start installing the skid plate itself. Now, the brackets are installed loosely, we can go ahead and bolt our skid plate onto those brackets, and we'll use the skid plate itself as a template for where we drill the holes in the factory skid plate. So, the holes in your new skid plate there are square, so this is where we're going to be using those carriage bolts. And it may make sense to you that you would want the carriage head on the outside and the threads on the inside making them a little bit more protected, but what you actually want to do is put the carriage head on the inside and the nut on the outside because otherwise you're not going to have access to tighten down this hardware once this skid plate is in place.Go ahead and rotate the skid plate up into place, up against the factory plate. Your inclination may be to leave the plate a little further forward so it's not interfering with these bolt heads for the transmission down, but if you do that you're not going to have a lot of flat surface to drill these holes through. So what you want to do is actually set this all the way back to where the cutout in the M.O.R.E. skid plate is almost lined up with your factory skid plate, and then left to right, you kind of eyeball it, or take a measurement, but you do want to make sure that everything looks like it's going to clear as the suspension is traveling. So that looks pretty straight, we'll go ahead and mark those holes.Now I just have to drill that out. Of course, we're going up to a half inch hole so we're going to step up slowly starting with the smaller pilot hole, and we are going to use the center punch just to make sure things don't walk around. Now that we have the holes open to a half inch, we can bolt the skid plate into place. So if you are looking to add some protection to the oil pan and the transmission of your TJ, I would recommend this option from M.O.R.E. and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Get Added Protection. Protect your exhaust system from getting crushed and damaged with a M.O.R.E. Oil Pan & Transmission Skid Plate. Measuring 3/16" thick with 1/4" plate on the mounting arms, this durable skid plate will provide years of reliability.
Durable Construction. Constructed of durable steel, the M.O.R.E. Oil Pan & Transmission Skid Plate is made to provide years of protection of the cross-over tube on your Jeep's exhaust system. Installing this skid plate ensures your off-roading adventures are safer as you encounter elements such as mud, rocks, tree limbs and other hazards that could potentially damage components of your Jeep Wrangler TJ.
Black Powder-Coated Finish. For added protection, this skid plate is layered with a black powder-coated finish that resists corrosion, rust and mud. The black finish creates a more appealing aesthetic, making this an exceptional application for your Jeep Wrangler TJ.
Lifetime Warranty. The M.O.R.E. brand protects its products with a lifetime warranty in the event the product fails to the initial retail purchaser for as long as they remain the owner of the vehicle.
Simple Bolt-On Installation. Designed as a direct bolt-on, this aftermarket skid pan can be installed with just a few basic hand tools. The typical installation time is 30 minutes to an hour.
Application. This M.O.R.E. Oil Pan & Transmission Skid Plate is specially designed to fit 1997-2002 4.0L Jeep Wrangler TJ models.
Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 Details
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February 16, 2020
Very good quality product and easy install. Only reason for the 4 star is the right down bracket touched the motor mount. So I had to grind a little off of it and paint.Helpful (0)
October 26, 2019
Peace of mind at a great value!!
This plate is a great design and very strong. Fit and installation went perfectly. If you wheel, this is a must!!Helpful (1)
October 13, 2019
Great Protection for the money
Install was easy, nice protection for your oil pan from punctures, dents, or scratches. installation took me about 2 hours by myself without jacking up the Jeep.Helpful (1)
May 10, 2019
Best upgrade you'll ever buy
Why not wanting to Jack my Jeep Sky High and keep it at a reasonable height and protect the underbelly oil pan and transmission we needed it some more durable protection besides just the belly pan this product has well exceeded my expectations as we will pretty hard and want a piece of mind that everything will be protected well worth the money paid for itself over and over againHelpful (1)
January 15, 2019
2005 LJ Unlimited Rubicon
Model TJOPSP does not fit the 2003 model years. Extreme sent me same one that doesn't fit Twice. Its a good pan but ET needs to learn the products. The Model number you need from MFG is TJOPSP03 in order to get the correct length. MFG is taking care of the problem ET could not.Helpful (6)
April 17, 2018
This was an easy install, looks great and shipping was good. I haven't had a change to hit anything yet but I think it will hold up.Helpful (12)
March 16, 2018
Installed in 2000 jk sport 6cyl. Bolted up easy. Heavy duty and looks great. Took me about an hour to install in garage.Helpful (12)
March 04, 2018
04 LJ OP TP Skid Plate
I recently purchased this item for my 04 LJ. This item fits really well. Was very easy to install. I did this by myself in my driveway with no lift in about 2 1/2 hours. I would recommend this Skid Plate to anyone interested.Helpful (12)
Will it fit a 2006 wrangler LJ Rubicon with a 3 1/2 inch lift?
This will fit your Jeep no problem.
Will this work with my ruger com express long arm
We would only recommend this for use with a short arm setup.
Will this fit most any after market transfer case skid plate?
Will the fit to most any aftermarket transfercase skit plate?
Will this fit an 06 Wrangler X?
This will not fit 2006 models.
Yes, this should fit that just fine!
The M.O.R.E. Oil Pan & Transmission Skid Plate (97-02 Jeep Wrangler TJ) weighs approximately 35 lbs.
The attachment points for the front of the M.O.R.E. Oil Pan and Transmission Skid Plate are the frame horns of the motor mount. Installation will take approximately 1 - 2 hours based on skill level, and in general this isn't a difficult installation.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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