Looking for armor

56huck

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I want to armor by Bronco as I do a fair amount of rock crawling.
Right off, I’m looking for some protection of the threaded bolts on the belly that point down and will definitely be bent in short order. Has any one seen devices to protect bolts from rocks?
Also, I’d like to get a rock guard/slider for the rear diff pinion and u joint. I have one for my Rubicon and it’s seen a lot of use and performed well.

‘21 Badlands, Sasquatch, lux, 2.7, soft top. Delivery in late January
 

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I do have the front, rear and hood deflector body armor still in the box. Took delivery of my vehicle last week, dealership didn't install and I decided I didn't need them. Pictures are attached. Let me know if you are interested.Front Body Armor.jpgHood Deflector.jpgRear Trail Armor.jpg
 

56huck

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Thanks for all the input. What I’ve learned so far:
The ARB skid plates should be out in May. I already back ordered through 4WP. They said they will only get 8 initially, I’m number 4. I can cancel my order if I find something I like better. I didn’t find out yet what the weight is of the ARB. The total price for the complete set is $699. https://arbusa.com/ford-bronco/bumpers-protection-equipment/under-vehicle-protection/
The JCR skids look very tough. Their website has a video of the installation. https://www.jcroffroad.com/category/BRSKIDS.html
They have front lower control arm skids, which are the only ones I’ve seen so far. Those shock bolts sticking out of the lower control arms won’t last long in the rocks. Putting a nut on the bolt that stick out might protect the treads, but not the bolt. The bolt will bend or break if hit hard by a rock. It would cost over $1300 for a set of bare steel belly skid plates, more for aluminum and/or powder coating. But they look incredibly tough. I emailed them and asked if one can only install one of their skids (ie the transmission skid) or if you hav to get all of them. If you use their engine skid you have to remove your factory tow points. They say you should buy (their) an aftermarket bumper with new tow points. It doesn’t appear you can use their bumper with the ACC sensor.
I wasn’t able to find anything on metal cloak other than what the link above had. Theirs looks very interesting, but without more info it can’t be compared. IMO, Metal Cloak has always made quality stuff. I look forward to more info from metal cloak on their skids.
Stay tuned, I’m sure more to come. Hopefully before I do too much rock damage.
 
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56huck

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I’m still looking for protection for the rear control arm brackets on the frame, rear pinion/diff, and a frame mounted step/rock slider.
 

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I’m still looking for protection for the rear control arm brackets on the frame, rear pinion/diff, and a frame mounted step/rock slider.
 
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I’m still looking for protection for the rear control arm brackets on the frame, rear pinion/diff, and a frame mounted step/rock slider.
 

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I’m still looking for protection for the rear control arm brackets on the frame, rear pinion/diff, and a frame mounted step/rock slider.
I have seen the ARB Sliders and they are frame mounted. Also, Fun-Haver has frame mounted ones coming.