Although several important components underneath the Ram HD trucks have some level of protection from the factory, I believe these trucks come critically unprepared to prevent damage to the most essential (and expensive) components of the drivetrain – the Engine and Transmission themselves. This skid was developed after I noticed how many of these trucks already have damage to their transmission pans and exhaust crossover, particularly those trucks used in forested and rocky areas. Starting with the 2019 model HD’s, a new 8-Speed transmission has been used. While this is an excellent transmission, it uses a PLASTIC oil pan that is easily punctured by sticks or branches, or crushed by hard snow, mud or silt. The new transmission’s shift actuator is also very exposed and easily damaged. This component is designed to offer protection to three components – the Engine oil pan, the Transmission oil pan, and the exhaust tube as it crosses in front of the Transmission crossmember from the Driver’s side. This armor is really an insurance policy.
Construction: The Skid is manufactured from a tubular frame of 1.5″x.120″ and 1.5″x.095″ DOM, bent at the rear to clear the exhaust and at the front to wrap around the engine and clear the axle during suspension cycling. Welded to the face of this tubing is a 3/16″ steel plate that runs the length of both oil pans, and has a cutout surrounding the Engine oil drain to allow for easy oil changes without removing the Skid. Works with aftermarket oil drain valves such as the Fumoto Valve, and the Skid will now protect your valve from being damaged or torn off during offroad use.
Installation: The armor is a bolt-on assembly. All necessary hardware is included.
- 2014-18: These years are completely bolt-in. NO DRILLING REQUIRED.
- 2019-20: These years are completely bolt-in. NO DRILLING REQUIRED.