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Hey, so i noticed my jeep doesn’t have an engine/ under carriage splash guard. I tried looking and i only found a piece from car parts but when it arrived it was too small to cover the whole undercarriage. Where can i get the full piece to protect the front underneath of my car? thanks
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Do you want stock plastic stuff or Trailhawk steel skid plates?
You also need to determine if you have a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine as I think whatever you want is different for each.
For the stock plastic whatever it is called go to a Jeep body shop and they can get the parts and install them fairly inexpensively.
Your insurance may cover it?
If you actually want to "protect" the undercarriage then you will need the steel skid plates used on a Trailhawk.
I think this can be done at great expense and with great difficulty.
Refer to this link: 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee Transmission Skid Plate 68249570AA | Mopar Parts
 

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You can buy the whole set of steel plates for under $1000. I don't know if they fit on a non-trailhawk vehicle.
 

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Do you want stock plastic stuff or Trailhawk steel skid plates?
You also need to determine if you have a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder engine as I think whatever you want is different for each.
For the stock plastic whatever it is called go to a Jeep body shop and they can get the parts and install them fairly inexpensively.
Your insurance may cover it?
If you actually want to "protect" the undercarriage then you will need the steel skid plates used on a Trailhawk.
I think this can be done at great expense and with great difficulty.
Refer to this link: 2014-2018 Jeep Cherokee Transmission Skid Plate 68249570AA | Mopar Parts
sorry for the late reply, didn’t get a notification but i rather do it stock for now and later on install skid plates. Also it’s a v4 2.4L multiair engine. Not sure if i’m right but i looked it up and saw some for $200?? If i get the stock splash guard, do you think it’ll still protect it from water/mud splashing inside the engine? I don’t do extreme off-roading because i live in miami and there’s not a lot of mudding. There’s this field i go to that’s usually a lil flooded and a few mud holes here and there. All i’m worried about is water/mud/dirt kicking up inside the engine area
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I don't think steel skid plates or the plastic aerodynamic shields will keep mud or water from splashing up into the engine compartment.
I took a nose dive into a deep mud hole and exited airborne, I have mud in places that will never be seen.
It took 2 days to try and wash out the mud. There is still mud in there someplace.
I even had mud on the underside of the engine hood.
I have a 2014 V6 TH with Mopar rock rails.

Check out this post: Water Fording.

The mud won't hurt anything. I would be more concerned about the sea salt in the air.
 

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I don't think steel skid plates or the plastic aerodynamic shields will keep mud or water from splashing up into the engine compartment.
I took a nose dive into a deep mud hole and exited airborne, I have mud in places that will never be seen.
It took 2 days to try and wash out the mud. There is still mud in there someplace.
I even had mud on the underside of the engine hood.
I have a 2014 V6 TH with Mopar rock rails.

Check out this post: Water Fording.

The mud won't hurt anything. I would be more concerned about the sea salt in the air.
i seriously need to get notifications for this website haha. But i was looking more into it and you're right. I've seen lots of Jeep Cherokees go into pretty deep water and make it out just fine. But now I need the skid plates just for protection for my undercarriage but i cant find any that i'm 100% sure would fit directly. I don't have the TH trim, I just have the sport model with 4x4. I saw my undercarriage has some plastic protection on both left and right side of my car going from one tire to another. Would a TH skid plate fit onto my car? Or do I need a specific set? If you know a good website or place where i can purchase one that'd be amazing! Again sorry for replying so late.
 

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I doubt the front TH skid plates would work on the Sport because of the different approach angle.
There is a baffle in the front under the radiator that holds the skid plates. It is a strange setup.
If you bought all of the TH skid plates somebody may be able to get them to work with some clever modifications.
Find an off road fabrication shop, they could probably figure out something if you spent a lot of money.
There should be plenty of used THs on the market, maybe you could buy a decent one and use it exclusively for off road.
Save your Sport for a daily driver. You can't have too many vehicles.
There are also skid plates for the fuel tanks, they would probably fit but probably aren't really needed.
You could probably add Mopar or aftermarket rock rails, they are actually useful.
One thing you can do is cut off the threaded end of the bolt sticking down towards the front of the exhaust system.
If it hangs up on something it would probably damage the exhaust system.
An other problem you will encounter with less ground clearance is you will break the rear lower control arms off the inboard bushings.
I have all ready done that to both of mine.
What I just discovered is that even though the TH can ford 20 inches of water the front wheel speed sensors in the hubs will eventually break because of rust.
Going to check the rear wheel speed sensors next week.
When you go off road in anything eventually bad things will happen to your vehicle, that is why it is called "FUN".
 

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I wanted to get a TH but they’re JUST above my preferred price range. I got my jeep for $9,000 off an owner. But my jeep actually isn’t that low. It has the 17” rims that the TH has with 245/65/17, it has more ground clearance than a usual sport trim would i thinkkkk. I don’t know a whole lot about cars, i’m new to off-roading as well. I don’t do anything extreme. I live in Miami, so there isn’t a whole lot to do. Sometimes when it rains it does get a lil muddy where i go off-roading.
But i was thinking about getting the rock rails just because it does help it from damaging the actual body of the car if i end up taking it somewhere where it can bottom out. I don’t really need skid plates for now but I would like to have it JUST in case i go upstate or go to another state, since i might travel the next couple months.
 

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Try Firestone Destination AT 235/70-17XL, they may fit and give about 1/4 inch more ground clearance.
A more narrow tire should slice through the mud better.
I have been going off road for 60 years, it gets really expensive.
A good "spotter" can guide you over the dangerous places and minimize damage and expense.
Up here just driving around the neighborhood can get expensive real fast, just have a deer hit you!
Never went off road in Florida, usually ended up in water if you did. Driving the Florida Keys highway was exciting though.
Take pictures and post them here, there are lots of places I don't go anymore.
 

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I'll check them out, thanks! I'm getting a leveling lift kit soon so i have a lil more ground clearance in the front, soon adding a 2", 3" inch lift a bit after I do that. I'll always take someone with me when I go somewhere where there's a chance I can get stuck, i'll never do anything alone haha. When I go offroading again ill post some. Its been raining like crazy down here and everything is flooded. The trails I go in looks like a whole lake.
Not gonna do anything too crazy either with my jeep lol just some serious off-roading every so other often. Investing into getting a 1991-1996 jeep cherokee xj
 
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