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

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      Review & Installation 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

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


      • 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

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (22)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 22 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • August 09, 2019

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

        easy up grade

        good fit price is good well built heavy gage steel

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      • August 09, 2019

        5 1997 Wrangler - Carl Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Fit perfect

        This cover fit perfectly onto my Dana 30 and provides some actual armor for your differential. I did reuse my current hardware because using the torques that they send with the kit just sounds like a bad idea. Overall good product.

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      • July 07, 2019

        5 2005 Wrangler Unlimited - JS2005LJ Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        just purchased and installed the RR dana 30 front skid plate. it was very easy to install in about 20 minutes. i am happy with the products function and looks. i especially like the bottom holes which allow sand and other off road debris to escape and not build up. Jon San Diego

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      • April 23, 2019

        4 2002 Wrangler - WarriorOne94 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks decent.

        Fit and finish are excellent. The design isn’t the most esthetically pleasing however, it works. Make sure you clean up your differential prior to installing. I would recommend sanding and painting your differentials then install the “cage.”

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      • April 20, 2019

        5 2017 Wrangler - JohnC Installation Time: Afternoon

        Poision spyder

        Great product build one of the best bumpers around fit perfect great clearance and the black armor coat they use works great

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      • April 19, 2019

        5 1993 Wrangler - juanbenae Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        this time the struggle was not real

        many reviews suggested you could not get a socket on one of the access holes w/o grinding some of the part down to tighten. per the other suggestions I got grade 8 hardware in the same length as the junk allens included in the kit and proceeded with the install. no grinding was needed when you use a 1/4" drive extension and socket. got in unfettered and tightened down nicely. since I had it out I proceeded to use the 1/4" drive on all of the fasteners. took less than a half house including the trip to HD for the #8 hardware.

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      • April 11, 2019

        3 2013 Wrangler - Tony Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good but bolts aren’t

        Great product but why it comes with Allen bolts in beyond me. Not as easy to torque, why not make them the same as the existing ones?

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      • April 08, 2019

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


        These have taken a few hits now and they held up great! Cannot beat the protection for the price. Went on in minutes and a perfect fit!

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      • November 28, 2018

        5 1998 Wrangler - TylerS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy and solid bolt on protection for the dif

        This is a great skid plate. Easy bolt on no need to crack open the cover. Honestly a really good purchase if you're looking for easy dif protection

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      • November 07, 2018

        4 2018 Wrangler - basrikaplan Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good armor

        So I installed it and it seems very sturdy and strong being 3/16 inch steel. But error on my part led to the bolts that are given with the item becoming stripped. I feel it was my error but they seemed to have stripped way to easily. Maybe Ive hit the gym too hard but idk. I do not want to discourage anyone from it but be careful when tightening the bolts back onto the differential

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      • Thank you for contacting us! We would be happy to assist you in figuring out what skid plates you need for your Wrangler, but we would need a little more information! Please contact us directly for assistance:

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