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DaJudge
August 23rd, 2009, 09:23 PM
Snotty did most of the heavy work and there was a lot of it as my rear
cross member was twisted and bent. Once we beat it back close to its
stock configuration and cinched up the rear bumper I got from JimhatTJ
the skid installed easily. We only needed one trip to NAPA to replace a clip
that broke disconnecting the fuel line. (Probably a record for one of our
projects.)

Pics are here (http://picasaweb.google.com/alstine/SavvyGasTankSkidInstall#).

TJeeper
August 23rd, 2009, 09:40 PM
Cool. I got mine installed a couple weeks ago. Ugly though, looks like the muffler on a JK. :laughing:

trailbuilt
August 24th, 2009, 07:21 AM
Cool. I got mine installed a couple weeks ago. Ugly though, looks like the muffler on a JK. :laughing:

X200, Looks like something that was throw together at home depot. Interested to see how they hold up though.

TJeeper
August 24th, 2009, 08:02 AM
Just to clarify, it may look ugly on the outside, but the construction is top notch. Clean welds, straight corners. The back end is rounded for better clearance, making it look like a muffler. Some guys are painting theirs, that would make it more subtle.

Blaine has been running a flat skid made of the same material for several years at JV on his Jeep. He hasn't destroyed it yet.

DaJudge
August 24th, 2009, 08:15 AM
X200, Looks like something that was throw together at home depot. Interested to see how they hold up though.
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_oqil9PfGyr0/SpH-qiLDKKI/AAAAAAAARd0/0HGTKoSAXcg/s720/DSC_2235.JPG

Home Depot? I don't think so. I gained 1.75" of clearance at a cost of 4 extra lbs.:

"The Savvy GTS is here!
- 3/16" 6061 T-6
- Dual height mounts
- Installs with or without a body lift
- Corrosion resistant materials
- Weighs 32 pounds complete
- Form fit to the tank

Our skid is designed for the Jeep Wrangler 1997-2006 in both the Unlimited
and TJ models.

To ensure a painless installation, we have supplied all needed fasteners
including new crossmember hardware, tie wraps, and push in panel
fasteners to re-install the plastic wheel well liners. (BTW I like that they
used carriage bolts on it so when assembling it you don't need two
wrenches to tighten up the bolts.)

This innovative skid is constructed of 3/16's thick 6061 T6 aircraft grade
aluminum alloy to provide high strength with light weight. Weighing in at
32 pounds, you only suffer a 4 pound weight penalty when compared to
the 03 and up factory skid.

The dual height mounting flanges are made from high quality HRPO steel
that has been laser cut and clear zinc plated for corrosion resistance.
Whether installed at the lower height with no body lift or the raised
position when used with a min. 1" body lift, the skid provides the maximum
clearance possible. Our unique stainless steel tank straps keep the tank
secured in the skid to protect your delicate emissions and fuel lines from
contact with the bottom of the tub.

We combined rolled front and back corners with a formed dimple with
gradual transitions for the fuel sump to reduce hang-ups on the trails. As
with all Savvy Off Road products these are designed for extreme off road
use only."

I know for sure it will not crumple like the stock one did:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_oqil9PfGyr0/SpH-tQHGSDI/AAAAAAAAReY/Hd3-8Z2ZDcU/s720/DSC_2247.JPG

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_oqil9PfGyr0/SpH-t98VBsI/AAAAAAAARec/MpG00jCFwew/s720/DSC_2249.JPG

Shakey
August 24th, 2009, 09:48 AM
X200, Looks like something that was throw together at home depot. Interested to see how they hold up though.

I've been running an aluminum gas tank skid (not Savvy, but "home made") for 3 years now. As you know, on an unlimited, you hit that skid more than any other. While it has scratched and gouged, it hasn't bent yet. I'm now waiting for someone to make an aluminum belly skid.

Cresso
August 24th, 2009, 11:09 AM
Would anyone care to explain why aluminum is anything but a terrible choice for a skid?

JimhatTJ
August 24th, 2009, 11:26 AM
weight.

Cresso
August 24th, 2009, 11:29 AM
weight.

At the cost of strength.

Wally
August 24th, 2009, 11:41 AM
At the cost of strength.

Aluminum is the new bling in jeep parts, if you ever got your junk out of the garage you'd know this by now :lolly: I agree though i'm not a fan of alum because the same thickness of alum vs steel is apples to oranges in the strength dept. I can definately see advantages, esp in comp rigs and applications like susp links, but for skids and general body armor i question the use for a rig that sees hard use.

newracer
August 24th, 2009, 12:12 PM
The claim is the T6 aluminum is almost as hard as steel. :shrug:

DaJudge
August 24th, 2009, 12:40 PM
The claim is the T6 aluminum is almost as hard as steel. :shrug:
What I found in researching this is that SOME aluminum alloys are stronger
than SOME steel alloys. and vice versa. Like Wally sez you've got to compare
apples to apples. I don't know what steel the OEM skid is made of but
there is no doubt in my mind that the T6 aluminum in this skid is stronger
than the OEM steel. For starters look at the thickness difference in the
two. There is no way the aluminum is going to bend like the steel did
where it bolts to the crossmember. I also don't see it crushing like the
OEM one did when I come down hard on it. I saw one of the prototypes
(pic below) in action on Prichett and Behind The Rocks this Spring. The
owner has wheeled it hard with no damage so far. I talked with the owner
of Savvy Offroad who is an engineer about this too. Everything he told me
about the strength vs weight issue was confirmed by my research,
sooo....I will wheel the snot out of it. With only 2.5" of lift it will get
whanged repeatedly and by this time next year I will know the answer for
sure. :)

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_oqil9PfGyr0/SpIEkP3auVI/AAAAAAAARfk/AJyCytm5Qp0/s720/100_2444.JPG

daveshan
August 24th, 2009, 01:33 PM
At the cost of strength.

These aren't made of beer can aluminum, they are darn tough and best of all don't add a ton of weight. I've already hit mine hard on Blanca and down in Chokecherry, some scratches but no dents.

I got 1 1/2" more clearance at the cost of 4lbs of additional weight, well worth it IMO. Actually by the time I account for all the mud in my stock late style skid I probably came out lighter.

TJeeper
August 24th, 2009, 01:41 PM
At the cost of strength.

Like I said, Blaine has been running a full length flat skid made out of T6 on his TJ at JV for several years. Currently he is running the new 40" MTRs. He has not destroyed that skid.

The Savvy skid weighs in at ~34lbs, which is ~1/2 the weight of competitor's steel skids. (There are threads on JF if you want the exact weights). It also comes with a guarantee, if you destroy it to the point where your gas tank starts to deform, they will send you a new one free of charge.

scottycards
August 24th, 2009, 02:10 PM
Nice new skid, DaJudge. The T6 should hold up just fine. I think you'll have great results with it. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

I run the "invisi-skid".

Exactly 0 lbs, and great clearance......:flipoff2:

A product of scottycards manufacturing, ltd.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u47/scottycards/Carnage81907Guardian.jpg

DaJudge
August 24th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Nice new skid, DaJudge. The T6 should hold up just fine. I think you'll have great results with it. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

I run the "invisi-skid".

Exactly 0 lbs, and great clearance......:flipoff2:

A product of scottycards manufacturing, ltd.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u47/scottycards/Carnage81907Guardian.jpg

Well, I thought of that option but about once a month SWMBO makes me put in the rear seat so the grandkids can go for a ride. So..:shrug:...this was the next best option. Also helps keep the COG low.

newracer
August 24th, 2009, 02:28 PM
Mine is the "flat against the frame skid" and I still have a back seat.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/Moab%202008/Matt/IMG_0020_1.jpg

DaJudge
August 24th, 2009, 02:47 PM
Mine is the "flat against the frame skid" and I still have a back seat.

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/Moab%202008/Matt/IMG_0020_1.jpg
How is that set up?

newracer
August 24th, 2009, 03:05 PM
Fuel cell sits between the frame rails, half below the tub and half behind the rear seat with a box built around it in the tub.

http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/1/0/0/1/0/tankbottom.JPG

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/Jeep/50-1219200590534am.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/Jeep/8dcc4084.jpg

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc129/newracer/Jeep/c793e470.jpg

scottycards
August 24th, 2009, 03:32 PM
newracer's is still the cleanest, coolest setup I've ever seen. And the duckfoot on the pickups earns huge bonus points. :hail::hail:

Extremely clean. :thumbsup::thumbsup:

DaJudge
August 24th, 2009, 03:50 PM
Wow, just wow. :thumbsup:

newracer
August 24th, 2009, 04:21 PM
I can only take credit for the pickups, the previous owner installed the cell.

DaJudge
August 24th, 2009, 04:47 PM
I can only take credit for the pickups, the previous owner installed the cell.
There is a High Country 4x4 copyright on one of the pics. Do you know if they designed/built it?

newracer
August 24th, 2009, 05:03 PM
Pretty sure the original owner built it, he is JLB on the board.

MQ79
August 25th, 2009, 12:16 AM
Looks great. I'd like to eventually switch over all my body armor to their stuff. I have no doubt that the 6061-T6 aluminum will hold up just as well as my mild steel stuff that I currently run.

The lighter you can make your rig the better the performance is.