Poly Performance JK Skid Plate System - Under-Body ArmorPosted in How To on September 1, 2009
The factory skid plates on most 4x4s are rarely up to the task of withstanding repeated trail use and abuse. In most cases they are manufactured from thin material and offer only a limited degree of protection. Sometimes the factory skid plates will even limit ground clearance and actually create a low-hanging nuisance that catches and hangs up on obstacles. One option is to remove the offending "protective" skid plate but that can leave the item it was supposedly protecting even more vulnerable. A better option is to upgrade to an after market skid plate assembly such as that available from Poly Performance.
Poly Performance's complete Jeep Wrangler JK skid plate system includes an engine oil pan skid plate, a transmission skid plate, and a transfer case skid plate, all of which are available in raw steel or powder-coated black. These skid plates offer a well thought out design that fits the JK seamlessly and provides a factory-like look with aftermarket-like durability.
Check out the photos and captions for more information about the Poly Performance skid plates, and to see the installation process as they are bolted-up to a 2008 Jeep Wrangler JK Rubicon.
The qualified crew at Jeep Solutions carried out the installation of the Poly Performance skid plate system. Located in Long Beach, California, Jeep Solutions occupies the same shop and yard where the legendary Harvey's Complete Jeep Shop once resided. Co-owners Nick Beall and Jim Russell have long had ties to the shop as customers, and also as friends and fellow Jeep club members to the original owners. Harvey's was the go-to Jeep shop in the mid 1970s through the late 1990s with virtually any Jeep part you could desire hidden somewhere behind the counter among rows of tall shelves that seemed to disappear in to darkness. After the original owners retired the business traded hands a couple times until Nick and Jim decided to bring it back to its original glory. Now called Jeep Solutions, the shop is in full swing, offering mechanic and parts installation services and even the full catalog of lost and forgotten Jeep parts that you likely won't find anywhere else. Those who remember the original Harvey's Complete Jeep Shop will even find a bit of nostalgia as the old Harvey's front sign board is still stored in the shop yard. Specializing in expert repairs, parts and accessories, and custom installations and conversions, Jeep Solutions is capable of meeting your good old fashioned Jeep shop needs.