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

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    Features, Video & Details

    • 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

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install 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

    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 Details

    MPN# 16597.44

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    • (1) Skid Plate
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        Questions & Answers (2)

        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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          Customer Reviews (17) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.4

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Protection 4.470588 4.5
          • Fit 4.823529 4.8
          • Appearance 4.588235 4.6
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.647059 4.6

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 09, 2019

            easy up grade

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


            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 21, 2019

            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.


            Year: 2006Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 08, 2019


            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.


            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 28, 2019


            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!


            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (0)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 01, 2019

            Skid plate success

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


            Year: 2015Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 05, 2019

            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


            Year: 2008Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (4)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            December 08, 2018


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


            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            November 04, 2018

            Great Fit No Problems

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


            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (7)

          • 1/5

            September 19, 2018

            Do Not Fit JL Rubicon

            These do not fit the new Dana 44 differentials as advertised. ET allowed full return and refund.


            Year: 2018Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (9)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 26, 2018

            skip plates

            great - easy to install, only 5 bolts, watch torque guidelines


            Year: 2018Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (8)

          • 3/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 15, 2018


            Ordered for LJ with 3 in lift and 35 tires. Product is well made but supplied diff cover bolts are cheap. Replaced with higher quality bolts but overall easy install and good quality


            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

            Helpful (8)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 21, 2018

            No leaks

            Easy install, arrived very quickly, remove 5 bolts, reinstall guard with new bolts. 20 minutes, no Jack, no lift, no leaks, no problem. Only disagreement is Allen head bolts; not the best for proper torque. torx or hex bolts (if fit the guard) be better. Just sayin'. Heartily recommend this product.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (9)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            August 06, 2017

            Good value for money

            welds are actually better than in the picture. I suggest you use the original bolts instead of the supplied Allan head bolts to hold it. much easier to work with standard hex-head bolts and to torque them. I have no idea how protective it actually is. The only way to be sure is to determine what it takes to break, and I hope not to run that experiment.


            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (10)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 23, 2017

            Diff quard

            Diff guard fit great. Banged it on a couple rockas already and no damage at all. just slid rock up the rocks with confidence.


            Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (10)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 12, 2017

            Semi useful

            Protect the diff covers and that is about it. The screws they send with to use are worthless.


            Year: 2011Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (9)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            October 08, 2016

            Rugged Ridge Black Differential Skid Plate For Dana 44

            Installation of Rugged Ridge Black Differential Skid Plate For Dana 44 on my 2013 Rubicon. I got two for the front and rear it took about a half hour to install them, the other review States that they would not install the part on the front axle, no disrespect but am I missing something? Please let us know I maybe taking the front off if there is an issue I'm not seeing. There is more clearance on the front tie rod lock to lock than in the rear . The parts were drop shipped from Rugged Ridge 2nd day to California. The quality appears to be very good, nice wields, black powder coating, and no meat hooks. But I am not a big fan of the hardware package that is included nice black cap screws on the front unit appear to be OK but the rear looked like they were going to round out so I used the old bolts, all well be replaced with new hardware soon. My take is this part should fit any Dana 44 with the exception of the Dana d-44a used on some Jeep models, my 98 Grand Cherokee has them and a few Euro parts. If you have the clearance it should be no problem. This review is written on day 2 so far no leaks but I may remove and reseal the covers anyway just to check the oil condition. We are going to Moab in a week. I hope this helps, and a big Thank You to Helen for the online help.


            Year: 2013Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

            Helpful (12)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 22, 2013

            worth the money

            The unit provides good protection for the rear differential. I would not install it on the front. Great fit and easy to install.


            Year: 2007Denver, CO, USA

            Helpful (9)