Aftermarket bumpers not fitting skid plates.

  1. Jeepnoob34

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    I’ve been researching the large pool of bumpers out there and there seems to be one common issue I keep reading about. It seems most of these are not compatible with the oem skid plates.

    For those of you that have installed these bumpers, did you ever replace the oem skid plate with something else? Or did ya just take it off and forget about it? I don’t plan on doing any off roading but I’d think the skid plate would still provide a good bit of protection from random crap on the roads.

    Also, if y’all have any suggestions on bumpers that fit the oem skid plate, pls send a link my way. Thanks!
     
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    It depends, there are 2 Gladiator Rubicon Skid plates. The skid plate that comes with the Rubicon steel bumper actually bolts into the Rubicon steel bumper. This one will probably not fit well with after market. The Rubicon skid plate that comes with the plastic bumper does not bolt to the plastic bumper and will probably work well with aftermarket. Then, there are the skid plates on the other models. Here is a picture of where the Rubicon steel bumper bolts into the Rubicon skid plate. The Rubicon plastic bumper setup does not have this connection and is missing the "lip" that extends the skip plate onto the bumper.

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    do you know the part number for the plastic rubicon skid plate?
     
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    Here are pics of the steel Rubicon skid plate that goes with the Rubicon plastic bumper. You can see the part number on the skid plate and the two brackets you need to attach it. I took these parts off when I added the Rubicon steel bumper and matching skid plate which you saw in my previous post.

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    Thank you!. Does Jeep make a plastic skid plate for the rubicon model? I know the plastic one is the same for Sport, Sport S and Overland but I always thought there was a smaller plastic skid plate (allowing better ground clearance for approach angle) for the plastic bumper on the Rubicon models
     
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    The plastic ones are air dams and they offer nearly no protection. Rubicons with the plastic front bumper have the metal skid plate that doesn’t attach to the bumper shown above. The metal bumper Rubis have a version of the metal skid that attach to the metal bumper. I’m still waiting on my Ace JT expedition front bumper to find out if I can make the factory skid work.
     
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    Aftermarket will mostly all purposely push you in to their own skids when possible....
     
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    I agree. I have a grinder, welder, drills and general fab skills that might help me buck that trend but sometimes it not worth the effort or time. We’ll see.
     
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    Rubicon plastic bumper and steel skid plate.

    Can use skid plate with the Fishbone offroad mid width. My pics in bumper thread.
     
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    Only thing I have had an issue with is not having brackets for the posterior-most bolts on the skid plate after installing a warn winch plate which required removing OEM brackets
     
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    Ace Expedition bumper will not work with the steel skid from the Rubi plastic bumper. I cut the corners off mine to make it work. IMHO the curved lines of the Mopar skid don't look right with the angular Ace bumper so I ultimately left the skid off. Got tired of waiting for Ace to release a skid so now I have one on the way from JCR that looks like it will sit further in and not hit the Ace. Just shipped today. Pic below was my "adapted" Mopar skid...72F47D91-7F02-4390-8A6B-4A23E61C804F.jpeg

    This link is the skid I'll be trying:
    https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/JLSD-FL.html
     
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    Thanks for this post and pic. Very helpful. Let us know how the JCR skid works. Need something to protect the disco motor
     
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    7C92B888-F82D-4C58-992E-57F3DBC3FAE4.jpeg 50B90697-B433-4E62-8074-8B96D811B9EA.jpeg RR HD is good with a skid off a plastic bumper Rubi.....
     
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    I had to cut the sides of my air damn to fit with my EAG stubby. It cleans it up a bit but mostly, without it mileage drops about 2mpg. My gas is free but I hate stopping. I may try looking for one by EAG but none of them fit for certain.

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    Thanks for posting. Good to see a variety. Free gas??!!!?!!!
     
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