|Here's a pic of all the parts
you should get with your new skid plate
|Here's a shot of the steering box attached
to the frame and exposed to the rocks
|Using a 16mm socket, remove the lower
bolt attaching the steering box to the frame
|Using a Torx T-55 bit, remove the driver
side lower bumper bolt
|Temporarily bolt up your new Warn steering
box skid plate and use it as a template to mark the location of where
you will need to drill
|Drill a 3/8" hole using a metal drilling
|The nut that secures the skid plate bolt
is welded to a metal rod which will help you to fish it into your
front cross member
|Here's what it looks like when all is
said and done
Jeep Steering Box Skid Plate
Now this is a piece
of armor plating that is often over-looked by many Jeeper. Truth is,
when you're climbing the rocks, your steering box is way up on the
front lines, pointing down and just looking to take a beating. Now,
it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a busted steering
box miles away from the nearest garage is gonna give you a bad day.
The Warn steering box skid plate is only $45 making it one of the
cheapest pieces of protections you can by for your Jeep. This is also
on of the easiest mods you'll ever install too. So do yourself a favor
and armor up today!
What You Will Need
• 16mm and
• Torx T-55 Torx Bit
• 3/8", 1/8" Metal Drilling Bit
• Center Punch
• Torque Wrench
• Hand Drill
Using a 16mm socket, unbolt the lower bolt attaching the steering
box to frame rail. The factory will have applied a little Blue Lock-tite
to the threads so it may take a little effort to crack loose.
2. Now, remove the lower bumper bolt on the driver
side of your Jeep using a Torx T-55 bit.
3. Take your new Warn Steering Box Skid Plate and
temporarily mount it to your frame using the factory bolts. Using
the skid plate as a template, take a center punch and mark the location
of where you will need to drill on your front tube cross member as
shown in the pic to the left.
4. Remove your skid plate.
5. I have found when drilling a large hole into steel
(especially when the surface is not flat) it is a good idea to start
off by drilling a smaller pilot hole. I did this using a 1/8"
Cobalt drill bit. You will find that drilling the 3/8" hole afterwards
is a snap and the bit will stay in place a lot better.
6. Remount your new Warn Steering Box Skid Plate
onto your frame loosely so that you can slip in the 3/8" bolt
and lock washer into the hole you just drilled in your front tube
7. To help you reach this bolt inside the tube cross
member, Warn has supplied a 3/8" nut attached to a long metal
rod which you can use to help fish the nut into place. While holding
the nut assembly, torque the bolt up to 20 ft. lbs.
8. Now, torque the bolt that attaches the steering
box to your frame rail up to 70 ft. lbs. and then the Torx bumper
bolt up to 77 ft. lbs.
That should be it! Please let me know if you have any questions.