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Skid Plates, new vs. stock

I just bought a Commander and first thing I would like to do is get some skid plates under there. It looks as if the plate up front is plastic and another underneath the driver and rear drivers side doors that seems to be metal.

Looking at the skid plates for sale i see a fuel tank plate, front suspension plate, and a transfer case plate.

Am I right to assume the metal plate under my drivers side door is the fuel tank plate and I should buy the other two?
 

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Got a pic ?
 

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Not at the moment, I suppose I could get one though. But is the fuel tank plate under the drivers side?
 

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The fuel tank skid plate is located in front of the rear wheels and looks like a box under the fuel tank. There is a thinner box as stock and the replacement skid plate is of heavier metal. The other two skid plates are located forward of the fuel tank skid plate. I think the transfer case skid plate requires the fuel tank skid plate to bolt to at the rear. There are also aftermarket skid plates for the very front end to protect the radiator support and lower end. Ross, (Get lost 4X4) makes these to connect from the bumper to the lower box frame.
 

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4XGuard makes one that will fill the gap between the front two OEM skid plates.

You MUST install the Gas tank skid plate if you want to install the transfer case skid plate.
 

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those pics are sweet. exactly what i was looking for. Now i am too understand that the aftermarket skids are just more durable?
 

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All Commanders come with a plastic skid plate for the front suspension. An optional factory Skid Plate Group is available. These are the plates in the picture I posted and they are made from steel. If you bought yours used you probably don't know what you have under there. But now you can tell by referencing the picture.
 

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well like i said mid winter im looking into building a set of steel skid plates...just got off the phone with my local steel supplier...turns out a 4x8 shhet od 10 guage is only $150!!!...so i WILL be doing this..only problem is that i have a welder but i dont have a plasma cutter or a cutting torch :(....so stay tuned
 

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Why not just buy the mopar skids?
 

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Do you plan on doing some hard core rock crawling or something?
 

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You might want to be sure that you can unbolt them of you have to get to anything. I would also be sure that you can service all the fluids and fittings.
 

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Maybe you can cut basic shapes with an angle grinder. After all, you're not doing production work.
 

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SO the "stock" skid plate that is now under my fuel tank is NOT the skid plate that my dealer offers as an option???

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SO the "stock" skid plate that is now under my fuel tank is NOT the skid plate that my dealer offers as an option???

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You need to cehck and see if your current skid plates are plastic or metal, the Commander came with one or the other and the plastic will not handle off road driving.
 

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Honestly, the metal gas tank skid Mopar offers isnt much better then the stock plastic one. It uses a very thin piece of meatal on the bottom and thats it. Im a little upset since I paid a lot of money for that skid plate and didnt get what I was expecting. If it wasnt for the fact that you need the gas tank skid plate in order to bolt up the transfer case skid I probablly wouldnt have bought it.

4xguard needs to make a gas tank skid and transfer case skid. If they ever did id ditch the mopar ones in a heartbeat.
 

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Honestly, the metal gas tank skid Mpoar offers isnt much better then the stock plastic one. It uses a very thin piece of meatal on the bottom and thats it. Im a little upset since I paid a lot of money for that skid plate and didnt get what I was expecting. If it wasnt for the fact that you need the gas tank skid plate in order to bolt up the transfer case skid I probablly wouldnt have bought it.

4xguard needs to make a gas tank skid and transfer case skid. If they ever did id ditch the mopar ones in a heartbeat.
Isn't the stock one was metal?
 

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Isn't the stock one was metal?
It looked like it was made out of a hard plastic. The Mopar skid plate doesnt look that much different then the stock one other then there being a very thin piece of metal lining the bottom.
 

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It looked like it was made out of a hard plastic. The Mopar skid plate doesnt look that much different then the stock one other then there being a very thin piece of metal lining the bottom.

MY "stock" fuel tank skid plate is metal and the front Susp is plastic
 
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