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Rugged Ridge Dana 44 Differential Skid Plate; Black (87-18 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      This Rugged Ridge Differential Skid Plate for the Dana 44 axle is for those of you that have a 1987 and up Wrangler, and are looking to protect your axle. Now that center pumpkin section, if you do go off road, you hit the trails where there are rocks or stumps, you can end up hanging up the pumpkin because it does hang down so low. And if you do, there's a chance that you can peel back the differential cover letting the oil out, which can ruin your day. So adding a skid plate like this will help to protect the differential, and also help you to slide over obstacles a little bit easier and is going to ensure that you don't have that issue where you peel back the cover, again ruining the day. This is going to be for the Dana 44 axle, but Rugged Ridge does also offer these for the Dana 30. Now, the alternative to putting a skid plate like this on your differential is to change out the differential cover completely, and there are some other benefits changing out the cover completely. You can get different dipsticks, different fill points, making it a little bit easier to service the differential and of course getting that additional strength, maybe even some additional cooling properties from a different differential cover. However, this is going to be a little bit less expensive and also a little bit easier to install. So it just comes down to what you want on your Jeep. This skid plate is gonna be made of 3/16 inch steel and covered in a black powder coated finish. It is going to install directly over top of that factory differential cover that you already have on your Dana 44 axle. Again, making for a very easy installation, you don't have to unseal the differential cover, which of course requires changing out the fluids, getting involved with RTV. You don't have to do anything with this differential cover because it just goes right on over the top. Again this is designed specifically for that Dana 44 axle. So whether you have a Dana 44 in the front of your Jeep, whether you have a Rubicon or it's in the rear of your Jeep this is going to fit just right. Getting this installed is a very simple one out of three wrench installation that will definitely take less than a half hour to complete. All you'll need to do is get underneath the Jeep and remove the five lower differential cover screws, you won't have to unseal the differential cover as I mentioned before, just remove those bolts. Go ahead and hold the differential skid plate up over the top of the cover and instead of replacing with those factory bolts go ahead and use the new longer bolts that come in the kit, get everything torqued down, and you're finished. This skid plate will run you right around $60 and I do think that's a pretty fair price for what you're getting. This is going to offer some good protection but it's also a no-frills part, very simple, it just works. If you're looking for a stronger differential cover, of course those are available and they can have some more bells and whistles but also be a little bit more expensive. So as I said before it comes down to what your budget is and what you're looking for on your Jeep. But if you're looking for a differential skid plate I think this is a good buy at 60 bucks. So if you're looking for an inexpensive differential skid plate, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this one from the Rugged Ridge that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Differential Skid Plate
      • 3/16 Inch Steel Construction
      • Black Powder-Coated Finish
      • Protects Factory Differential Cover
      • Bolt-On Installation
      • Fits 1987-2018 Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK Models


      Construction. This Rugged Ridge differential skid plate cover is made from strong 3/16 inch steel and has been treated with a black powder-coated finish for extra durability.

      Protection. The skid plate connects to the differential to protect the axle from unseen damage. This heavy duty plate is sure to take any abuse you throw at it.

      Application. This black Rugged Ridge Differential Skid Plate is a bolt-on installation for any 1987-2018 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK models equipped with a Dana 44 axle differential.

      Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

      MPN# 16597.44

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      Customer Reviews (19)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 19 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • March 01, 2020

        5 2017 Wrangler - BrianK Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        very strong

        easy install I would recommend take diff all the way off and reseal and change gear oil when installing this

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      • November 26, 2019

        5 2017 Wrangler - Liveaction Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Fast install

        The vehicle manufacturers engineer the stock diff cover to work with your gears and axles. This product allows you to keep your stock covers and protect them from the rocks. Install only takes a few minutes.

        Helpful (2)
      • August 09, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - RobertH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        easy up grade

        easy install price is good . fit perfect this is some cheap insurance against diff. damage

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      • May 21, 2019

        5 2006 Rubicon Unlimited - Kevin Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Front diff skidplate

        This is a nice sturdy skidplate cover to protect your front diff. I do a lot of playing in the rocks, and the bolts were getting slowly being rounded. Easy to install.

        Helpful (2)
      • April 08, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - Pappy Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Went on in 15 mins and fit perfect. I have not had a hit on this one but the front (same product - Dana 30) has taken a few good hits and no damage.

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      • March 28, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - Keith Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Put on the Rugged Ridge Diff Skid plates for Dana 30 and 44, they both went on in a few minutes with all holes lining up perfectly. Tested them on a difficult mountain trail and took a few bumps they held up great! Very cost efficient protection!

        Helpful (2)
      • February 01, 2019

        5 2015 Rubicon - SherryW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Skid plate success

        Nicely made, good fit. Looks great. I feel protected, now for a skid for the gas tank

        Helpful (4)
      • January 05, 2019

        5 2008 Rubicon - MattO Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rugged ridge quality

        Good product fits well. Clearance between the skid and my 1-5/8” tie rod are close but all is good. Took about 5 min to install

        Helpful (6)
      • December 08, 2018

        5 2018 Wrangler - PaulD Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        These are well built and will stand up to the punishment, not to mention really good looking.

        Helpful (8)
      • November 04, 2018

        5 2006 Wrangler - BobG Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great Fit No Problems

        Went right on with no problems, 2006 Jeep TJ with Dana 44. I used OEM bolts to put back on.

        Helpful (9)

      Questions & Answers (2 answers)

      2 Top Rated Questions

      Will these fit the New 2018 Jeep JL Front Back Dana 44 Axels?

      • Yes, this part is compatible with both the front and rear Dana 44 axles.

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      Does this work on both front and rear deferential on my 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4 door Dana 44 ?

      • Yes, they will work for both front and rear Dana 44 differentials.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

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      What's in the Box

      • (1) Skid Plate
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