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Jeep TJ Wrangler - Engine/Transmission Skid Plate
1997-2006 Jeep TJ/LJ Wranglers
(including Rubicon and Unlimited)

Engine/Transmission Skid Plate - Jeep TJ/LJ Wrangler

Our Rock Rated® Engine/Transmission Skid Plates are available for all 1997-2006 Jeep TJ Wranglers. They are designed to provide complete coverage for your vulnerable engine oil pan, transmission, AND the front portion of your exhaust system. One easily installed skid plate provides the complete protection you need to feel confident while on the trail.

These skid plates are made of 3/16" thick steel that is laser cut and CNC folded for consistent quality that sets the standard for Jeep skid plates. They are also reinforced with 1/4" thick steel angle along the driver's side to provide plenty of strength while easily clearing both your exhaust system and your driveshaft. (Most of our competitors have interferences with one or the other, but not Skid Row Offroad!) Our skid plates are also sand-blasted prior to being powder coated to assure that the finish adheres better than our competitor's coatings. We use a semi-gloss black for an attractive finish that's easy to touch up when necessary.
Our TJ engine/transmission skid plates mount solidly to the Jeep's frame and are specially designed for easy bolt-on installation. No drilling is required for 1997-2002 models, while 2003-2006 models require drilling of 3 holes in the leading edge of the transfer case skid plate.
Skid Row engine/transmission skid plates require no modifications and are designed to work with or without a suspension lift. This gives you the protection you need when you're starting out with a stock height vehicle that puts your oil pan closest to the rocks. And when you're ready for that 3-4" lift, there's no need to modify your Skid Row engine/transmission skid plate or get a new one.
We've also learned during our off-road testing that these engine/transmission skid plates help you get over obstacles by preventing your transfer case skid plate from catching on whatever you're driving over. So you not only get added protection and peace of mind, your Jeep will be more capable as well!!
Please Note the following:
  • These skid plates do NOT work with long arm suspension systems. We have engine/transmission skids available specifically for Jeeps with long arm suspension systems. Click here for more information.
  • Also, if you have an aftermarket exhaust header that goes under your engine or transmission, our skid plate will not fit properly. An example would be the Borla exhaust header for 1997 model TJ's.
  • If you're unsure, it's best to contact us and ask.
These skid plates work just fine with transfer case drops and can be mounted to Jeeps with raised transfer case skid plates such as Tera Mfg's Belly-Up kit or Nth Degree's Tummy Tucker. However, a slight modification will be needed to mate our skid plate to the Tummy Tucker.
Skid Plate Questions and Answers

1997-2002 Jeep TJ Wrangler with 4 cylinder engine
JP-0007: $367.00
1997-2002 Jeep TJ Wrangler with 6 cylinder engine
JP-0009: $367.00
2003-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler or 2004-2006 LJ Unlimited with 6 cylinder engine
JP-0019: $367.00
2003-2006 Jeep TJ Wrangler with 2.4L 4 cylinder engine
JP-0020: $367.00
Acrobat Icon JP-0007 Instructions
Acrobat Icon JP-0009 Instructions
Acrobat Icon JP-0019 Instructions
Acrobat Icon JP-0020 Instructions
JP-0019 Installed View From Back In the picture at left notice that there is plenty of clearance for the driveshaft to move when the suspension flexes. You can also see the three carriage bolts that are used to attach it to the factory transfer case skid plate.
JP-0019 Installed View From Front Notice how much the skid plate protects and how it's mounted to provide you with the strongest, toughest engine/transmission skid plate available.
Detail of Strut Rod Mounting point This mount attaches to the underside of the driver's side motor mount using existing holes. A special T-shaped nut plate inserted into the mount holds the nuts in place so that you don't have to...which helps make installation EASY!
JP-0009 View 1 This picture shows the component parts of our JP-0009 model skid plate for 1997-2002 TJ Wranglers with the 4.0L six cylinder engine. You can clearly see the diamond shaped oil drain hole that helps you drain the oil without creating a mess.
JP-0009 View 2 Here's our JP-0009 engine/transmission skid plate for 1997-2002 TJ's with the 4.0L six cylinder engine. You can see the clamp that attaches our engine/trans skid plate to the factory transfer case skid plate.
JP-0009 View 3 Here's another view of our JP-0009 engine/transmission skid plate.
Reinforced Edge In this picture you can see how we reinforce the skid plate near the driveshaft. Made from 1/4" thick steel angle, this feature provides the skid plate with strength and with clearance for your exhaust system.
JP-0019 View Shown is our JP-0019 engine/transmission skid plate for 2003-2006 TJ Wranglers and 2004-2006 LJ Unlimiteds with the 4.0L six cylinder engine.
JP-0019 View 2 Here's another view of our JP-0019 engine/transmission skid plate.
JP-0019 View 3 Here's a third view of our JP-0019 engine/transmission skid plate.
JP-0019 Installed View From Side You can see how the factory skid plate and our engine/transmission skid plate fit together to get rid of the "shovel" effect that 2003-2006 Wranglers are known for.

Replacement Parts
Our Hardware Kits provide all the bits and pieces needed to install one of our skid plates, including the Grade 5, zinc-plated hardware.
Hardware Kit for JP-0009 Engine/Transmission Skid Plate for 1997-2002 Jeep TJ
HK-0003: $55.00
Hardware Kit for JP-0019 Engine/Transmission Skid Plate for 1997-2006 TJ or 2004-2006 LJ with 6 Cylinder Engine
HK-0004: $55.00
Driver Side Strut Rod for 1997-2006 TJ with 4 Cylinder Engine
SP-0016-ZC: $20.00
Driver Side Strut Rod for 1997-2006 TJ or 2004-2006 LJ with 6 Cylinder Engine
SP-0018-ZC: $20.00
Mounting Bracket for 1997-2006 TJ or 2004-2006 LJ with 6 Cylinder Engine
SP-0019-ZC: $20.00
Nut Plate for 1997-2006 TJ or 2004-2006 LJ with 6 Cylinder Engine
SP-0021-ZC: $15.00
SP-0018-ZC Strut Rod Driver Side Strut Rod for 6 Cyl. Engine/Transmission Skid Plates
SP-0019-ZC Mounting Bracket Mounting Bracket for 1997-2006 TJ with 6 Cylinder Engine.
SP-0021-ZC Nut Plate Nut Plate for 1997-2006 TJ with 6 Cylinder Engine.
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Skid Row Offroad™ Skid Plates
are designed to be the toughest, best quality skid plates you can buy. Period!

At Skid Row Offroad our design philosophy is simple. Cover as much as we can and make it as strong as we can. Why do we want to cover as much as we can? There are two reasons. The most obvious reason is that the more the skid plate covers the more parts that are protected. The second reason is that a smooth underside helps the vehicle slide over things that it might otherwise hang up on. And that means that you can get farther along the trail!

We use only the best materials and our craftsmen are the best in the business. We know that you want protection that works and is dependable. We also know that part of your fun is working on your vehicle yourself. So we make sure that our skid plates are tough, but not tough to install.

We've learned from our competition's mistakes in order to bring you the top quality products you've been looking for.

Q: Why do I need skid plates?
A: Even mild offroad use can cause serious damage to the underside of a vehicle. Skid plates are used to prevent damage to the expensive underbody parts of your vehicle such as your engine, transmission, or transfer case.
Here's an excellent example of why skid plates are needed by anyone going offroad.
A farmer called recently to purchase one our Tacoma transfer case skid plates. While he doesn't offroad recreationally like most of us do, he needs skid plates just the same. Why? Because while driving through a field he hit an irrigation pipe that was sticking out of the ground. It literally tore the transfer case right out of his truck! We're not sure how much the repair cost, but we're certain it was significantly more than the cost of the skid plate that could have prevented the damage.
Q: Which skid plate should I get first?
A: If your vehicle came with skid plates, you should get skids that your vehicle doesn't have and then upgrade later. If your vehicle doesn't have any skids, we recommend that you first protect parts that will leave you stranded if they get damaged, such as your oil pan or transfer case. On longer wheelbase vehicles we usually suggest protecting the transfer case first since it can be more easily damage due to the break-over angle a longer wheelbase vehicle has.
Q: Why not make skid plates from lighter weight aluminum?
A:If you're building a competition vehicle where every pound counts, aluminum makes sense. Unfortunately, aluminum tends to gouge more easily than steel, and from our experience doesn't hold up as well in the long run. Quite of few of our customers have replaced their aluminum skid plates with steel ones because the aluminum skids didn't last. Why not buy steel skids to begin with?
Q: Can I change my oil with the skid plate installed?
A: We make every effort to make sure that you can perform your regular maintenance without having to remove the skid plates. However, it probably won't be as easy as it was before the skid plates were installed. This is part of the price you pay for the protection you gained.

Myth: I have a suspension lift. I don't need skid plates.
Reality: Every vehicle that is taken offroad should have skid plates. While a suspension lift gives you room for larger tires and increases your ground clearance, you're just as likely to damage important parts of your truck. The reason is simply that once the lift is installed, you will have the ability to run tougher trails with bigger obstacles....and if you're like EVERY offroader we've ever met, you will.
Myth: I don't run rocks so I don't need skid plates.
Reality: Even folks who play in the mud should have skid plates. First off, you never really know what's buried in there. Second, skid plates help to smooth the underside of the truck. This not only helps over rocks, it helps you get through mud, snow, or whatever you're 'wheeling through.
Myth: If a skid plate bends that means it failed.
Reality: We design our skid plates to be as strong as possible because a strong skid plate protects better and lasts longer. However, that doesn't mean that they can't be bent. Skid plates are meant to protect other more expensive components from damage and may sustain damage themselves in use. If a skid plate is hit hard enough to bend it, you can rest assured that whatever it was protecting would have been damaged by the impact. As long as the skid plate provided protection, it didn't fail.

In most cases, a skid plate should have a buffer between it and whatever it is designed to protect. While this isn't always possible, it is preferable. If a skid plate is bolted directly to what it is supposed to protect, the impact of every hit it takes is transmitted to the component that was supposed to be isolated from those very hits. That's one of the reasons Skid Row doesn't make a small oil pan skid plate that attaches to the oil pan like some of our competitors do. Besides, what's going to protect your transmission or exhaust system?
As obvious as this may seem, a skid plate should be bolted solidly to the vehicle in order for it to take the abuse a really fun trail can dish out. Even the best adhesives won't hold for long with the vibration, temperature extremes, and oil contamination that an engine can create. An oil pan skid plate that falls off after one hit isn't a bargain, even if it's free. Look at the picture below. What's going to protect your engine over the next rock?
We use only the best materials and our craftsmen are the best in the business. We know that you want protection that works and is dependable. We also know that part of your fun is working on your vehicle yourself. So we make sure that our skid plates are tough, but not tough to install.

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Skid Row Offroad™ products are powder coated to provide a durable, long lasting, and environmentally friendly finish!
We know that many people are curious about why we use powder coating instead of paint. Here's why...
As an environmentally conscious company there are several advantages that powder coating has over conventional liquid (paint) coatings.
  • Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds.
  • Powder coating overspray can be recycled and thus it is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating.
  • Powder coating production lines produce less hazardous waste than conventional liquid coatings.
  • Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely abrasion, corrosion and chemical resistant.
  • Powder coating results in a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish.

Our Powder Coating Process
In order to provide the best quality, longest lasting finish possible, our products go through a multi-stage coating process that is literally state-of-the-art!
Removing Rust and Scale
For the powder to properly adhere to the steel substrate, the steel must be completely free of contaminants such as oil, rust, weld scale, and mill scale. These contaminants must be thoroughly removed or the finish will not stick to the part for long. Cast steel shot or steel grit is used to clean and prepare the surface before coating. The blasting media is recycled during the process and helps the environment by producing less landfill.
Pre-treatment Process
After the part is free of rust and scale, it is pre-treated with an alkaline cleaner to remove oil and/or foreign materials. Once it is through the cleaning stage, the part is rinsed to remove any excess cleaner. An iron phosphate stage comes next and is used to etch the steel and apply a layer of crystals on the surface of the material. This is done to provide excellent adhesion. After the iron phosphate, the part is rinsed and dried. The pretreatment stage is an often neglected part of the coating process that some manufacturers think is unnecessary. However, to achieve optimal rust prevention and years of rust-free use it is absolutely necessary.
Zinc-Rich Primer
Some Skid Row Offroad products, such as our bumpers and mirror brackets, are treated with a special primer to maximize product life. This primer is a zinc-rich epoxy coating that ensures a long lasting finish. The zinc prevents further rusting if the finish is scratched all the way down to the base material.
Top Coating
Our parts are loaded onto a conveyor system and slowly pass through automatic spray guns that apply a mist of fine, electrically-charged, powder all over the product. Inside corners and other areas that are hard to reach are manually sprayed with powder for complete coverage. Powder that does not stick to the parts is recaptured by a powder re-collection system. The entire process of powder coating is environmentally friendly.
Oven Baking
Once the parts are thoroughly and evenly covered with powder, they enter large, high-powered ovens to cure. The parts take approximately 15 minutes to pass through the ovens. With temperatures of about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the powder is completely cured when the parts come through the other end. They are then allowed to air cool before being unloaded from the conveyor line to be packaged.

Q: What is Powder coating?
A: Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish.
Q: Is it Environmentally Friendly??
A: Powder coating is a much more environmentally friendly process than wet paint systems or plating. Industrial painting uses harmful solvents and sometimes even poisonous ingredients. Industrial chrome processes use heavy metals that find their way into water supplies. Powder coating uses neither harmful solvents or heavy metals even VOC emission problems are eliminated.
Q: Is Powder Coating Durable?
A: Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely abrasion, corrosion and chemical resistant. The performance characteristics of powder coating match or exceed the characteristics achieved from conventional solvent-based coatings.
Q: Is Powder Coating better than liquid paint?
A: Yes, powder coating is thicker 3-4 mils and paint is typically 1-2 mils. The thickness of the powder coating makes powder coating more resistant to scratches and nicks. Powder coating is versatile and can be used on springs without cracking the coating. You can't do that with paint!
Q: Why Powder Coat?
A: Quality Powder coating is cost effective and superior to most liquid coatings for: Chip Resistance, Corrosion Resistance, Chemical Resistance, Abrasion Resistance, Impact Resistance, Ultraviolet Resistance, Adhesion, All Weather Durability

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