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

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  • Item J14615
  • MPN# 16597.30

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    Features, Video & Details

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

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    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

    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 YJ, TJ, JK and JL Wranglers. 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 Details

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    Overall Rating 4.5

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Protection 4.5 4.5
    • Fit 4.6 4.6
    • Appearance 4.4 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.8 4.8

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 08, 2018

      Good protection

      Pros; Good protection. Seems to be well made. Cons; They pack full of mud between diff cover and plate. The bolts that come in the kit are junk. Don’t try to use them. Go get some grade 8 bolts and replace them.


      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 22, 2018

      Differential skid

      Heavy construction, simple install took less than 45 minutes front and rear. Done a little crawling since install with no bending.


      Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 25, 2018

      Easy install

      Seems well made. Took less than 15 minutes to install.


      Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 15, 2018


      Same comments as on my other review on Dana 44 cover. Overall good product, easy install but supplied diff cover bolts cheap. Replaced with higher quality


      Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 02, 2018

      Front Diff skid plate

      When I ordered this differential skid plate I was looking for one that would protect my front pumpkin but also protect the bolts that hold the cover on and this product does the job perfectly. It is made out of 3/16” steel and powdered coated black. It really added a great look to my front end and it can definitely take a hard hit.


      Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 26, 2018


      Sturdy, 20 minute install, just like the rear one. No leaks, no sweat. Not a fan of Allen head bolts that come with it though. Recommend it for the price.


      Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 20, 2017

      Easy to install, great protection!

      No brainer to install, just plan on changing your oil and gasket (mine needed it anyways). Painted it with a few coats of red paint and some clear coat....looks great and the paints still there after the first weekend in the trails!


      Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      December 28, 2016

      To Be Correct Not Easy

      The skid plate hardware (allen pan head bolts) implies the install is a simple remove the flange bolts and install the skid plate with the pan head bolts. Not so in my case. After installing the skid plate the old silicone seal did not hold. Remove the skid plate and differential cover and install correctly with new silicone and all flange bolts. Allen head anything usually turns into a bigger problem later on. The original flange bolts are 5/8 X 5/16. Replace them with 3/4 X 5/16 to allow for the skid plate thickness. The flange bolts will fit in all the holes. The upper bolt opening of the skid plate on the short side of the differential will not accept a socket or box end wrench. Clamp the skid plate down and open it up with a round file and flat file. Clean and dry the gasket surfaces, reassemble with silicone and flange bolts. Wait for silicone to cure and fill with new oil. Now the job is as it should have been in the first place. Differentials usually only leak a little until they are empty, then they don't leak at all.


      Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 14, 2016

      how important is this item ?

      Product arrived on time,very easy install,as best of all did its job ! first time out I wacked a good sized bolder and it held up great ! very pleased.


      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 15, 2015

      very well built

      I received my package on time. Opened box found very heavy well built front diff cover came with new bolts. Installed it in 15 or 20 minutes.


      Year: 2002Rio Vista, CA, USA

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