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Rugged Ridge Dana 30 Differential Skid Plate; Black (87-18 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK)

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      Video Review & Installation

      The Rugged Ridge Differential Skid Plate for the Dana 30 axle is for those of you that have a 1987 and up Wrangler, and are looking to add some protection to your Dana 30. So of course the pumpkin of the axle is the lowest point that hangs down. If you do some wheeling where there are stumps or rocks that area can contact the ground or an obstacle and you can end up peeling back your differential cover, letting oil out the diff and very quickly ruining your day. So adding a skid plate like this will help to protect against that as well as helping you to slide over obstacles a little bit easier. Now you can always swap out your differential cover completely for one that is stronger and those will generally have some other benefits as well. They will have some additional cooling, they might have a dipstick or a different way of filling your differential to make servicing a little bit easier, but they're also going to be a little bit more expensive. This is going to be a simple yet effective and less expensive way of helping to protect your differential cover. This diff cover is made of three sixteens inch seal and it's covered in a black powder coat finish. This is going to install very easily on your Dana 30 Axle because you don't have to crack open the axle get involved with resealing it, RTV, changing the oil. This is just going to bolt right over top of that differential cover, again making for you very, very easy installation. So, whether you have a Dana 30 in the front of your JK, of your TJ, of your YJ, whatever Jeep you have, this is going to fit very easily and work very well. Again, very simple one out of three wrench installation will take you less than half an hour to get this bolted up. All you'll need to do is remove the five lower bolts from the differential cover, set your differential skid plate over top of the cover, and replace the bolts with the new longer ones that come in this kit. Again very simple you don't have to crack open the pumpkin, don't have to get involved with resealing with oil. This just goes right over top very, very in easy install with just a socket set. This skid plate will run you right around $60 and I do think that's a fair price for what you're getting. I think this is well built, it fits really well, and while you can spend more money by getting a full replacement differential cover, this is going to be a less expensive yet still effective way of protecting your diff. So I think this is $60 well spent. So if you're looking for an easy to install differential skid plate I definitely recommend taking a look at this one from Rugged Ridge that you can find right here at

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      • Steel
      • Black
      • 3 lbs
      • Protects the Factory Differential Cover
      • Mounting Hardware Included
      • Made from Strong, Thick Steel
      • Bolt-On Install
      • Fits 1987-2018 Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK Models


      Construction. Made from 3/16 inch steel, this Rugged Ridge skid plate was specially designed for optimal protection of the factory installed differential cover. It's finished with a black powder coat to give it that rugged, durable Jeep look.

      Protection. Your differential cover needs protection, and these heavy duty skid plates were built for the job. They're specially designed to fit the counters of your differential cover exactly, and help slide over obstacles without damaging your Jeep - or slowing you down. Replacement mounting hardware and detailed instructions are included.

      Application. Fits 1987-2018 Jeep Wrangler YJ, TJ and JK models. A simple bolt-on construction using factory mountings can be completed by virtually anyone. All necessary installation hardware is included.

      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

      Rugged Ridge 16597.30

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