14. Our solution for tie rod clearance was to run a factory-stamped Dana 44 front cover, and this Rugged Ridge differential skidplate from Omix-ADA. Factory front covers are substantially thicker than most rear covers, so bear this in mind if you’re fixing the same problem. Not only did this combination create the necessary clearance up top, but also armored the all-important bottom-half in 3⁄16-inch steel. As a stand-alone installation, there’s no need to drain the gear fluid. Simply unscrew the lower five bolts and slap the skid on.