Cherokee Gas Tank Skid Plate - XJ Cherokee
Protect your vulnerable gas tank by adding a JcrOffroad Gas Tank skid to your Jeep Cherokee!
- CNC cut and formed from 3/16" Steel.
- Easy Bolt-on Installation.
- XJ Rear Nut Strips recommended (see related products below).
- Includes JcrOffroad Sticker.
- Hand built in the USA!
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Q Chris • 07/09/2020, 8:01:06 PM Will this skid plate work with a smittybuilt xcr bumper
A 07/10/2020, 11:07:47 AM It should
Q Matthew • 08/17/2020, 11:51:43 AM Will this work in conjunction with a tow hitch? Or will it prevent a hitch from being installed over top of it?
A 08/18/2020, 11:02:06 AM It would be very hitch specific. We haven't tested at the shop.
Q Joe • 10/16/2020, 10:09:10 PM Does the bare metal have any finish? Or will it rust?
A 10/20/2020, 6:37:16 PM The bare metal will rust, yes.
Q Christian Rutherford • 04/25/2021, 2:28:32 AM How much modification is generally necessary with an aftermarket bumper that ties into the same holes? My bumper has a strip of metal that extends forward to tie into those holes.
A 04/28/2021, 4:41:20 PM It just depends on the specific bumper or the install. Our skid would need to mount between the bumper and the rear crossmember.
Q Steve • 11/29/2021, 1:20:51 PM Would this skid plate work with the Quadratec/OMIX 20 gallon fuel tank, or just the OEM fuel tank?
A 12/08/2021, 9:45:32 AM We have not tested with that particular gas tank.
Q Andrew • 12/10/2021, 2:52:25 PM Will this skid plate fit under an aftermarket curt trailor hitch?
A 12/14/2021, 5:35:57 PM The '97+ is 32" wide between the hitch side mounts and the '96- is 34.25". You would need your hitch to clear that width.
Q Andrew • 12/14/2021, 8:23:19 PM How wide is the skid plate from side to side not including the mounding tabs
A 12/15/2021, 11:00:56 AM 31 7/8"
Q Auggie • 01/08/2022, 3:10:45 PM For 96 xj, will it fit "if" I have the factory rear hitch??
A 01/12/2022, 10:14:10 AM '96 and down skid is 34.25" wide inside where the hitch would fit. You would need your hitch to clear that width.
Q Tyler • 03/22/2022, 8:17:53 PM What are the inner dimensions of the tank skid? I have an aftermarket tank and want to be sure it'll fit inside.
A 04/06/2022, 12:32:27 PM The '97+ is ~31.5" wide inside and the '96- is ~33.75"
Q Stephen • 03/25/2022, 8:53:24 AM I have a 1998 Cherokee Sport with original 'tow package', the inside dimensions of trailer hitch receiver(edges/side supports to frame) is 34", which Skid Plate should I purchase?
A 03/25/2022, 9:58:07 AM 97-01
Q Dominick • 05/12/2022, 1:23:41 AM Do you have to remove the stock rear bumper to install the gas tank skid plate?
A 05/13/2022, 10:57:04 AM No, it is not required to install the gas tank skid.
Q Leonardo • 11/24/2023, 7:37:15 AM Will this work with the rear JCR Vanguard bumper with Unibody Tie-in Brackets?
A 11/29/2023, 4:36:37 PM Yes, they are compatible with one another.
Q Leonardo • 11/24/2023, 5:21:00 PM Will this work with the rear JCR Vanguard bumper with Unibody Tie-in Brackets?
A 11/29/2023, 4:35:48 PM Yes, they can be installed together.
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Tyler Fox (Sacramento, CA) | July 14th, 2020
I've been using this for a few years and it has held up very well. My 99 XJ only has 3.5" of lift and so this was something that I needed to have. I've taken it on a ton of trails around California including the Rubicon, Slick Rocks, and Deer Valley trail. I've hit it a few times and it has held up to everything. Luckily, it is tucked up high enough that I don't hit it most of the time. Installation would be straight forward for most. I have a bumper with a rear swing out which makes use of the same areas as this and required some modification but not a lot. As far as looks go, it isn't noticeable on the jeep unless you look up under the bumper, especially with the black powder coating.
Ron Adkins (San Diego) | May 21st, 2020
With all that beef, you'd think it would stand out more. Should I have chromed it? Painted it yellow? Despite being twice the weight(and three times as strong, minimum) as the factory gas tank skid, it tucks up and out of the way and is nearly invisible when painted black. Having three additional attachment points to the rear crossmember is something the factory skid doesn't do, so there's another strength improvement. It's an easy-peasy bolt on to the factory holes - no mods required. Definitely recommend this American-made goodness!
Anonymous | January 2nd, 2016
Easy install. Very beafy. Cheaper to put the jcr gas skid on, than to replace a whole fuel tank.
Anonymous | January 2nd, 2016
"Easy install. Very beafy. Cheaper to put the jcr gas skid on than to replace a whole fuel tank."
Anonymous | January 22nd, 2016
Easy bolt on and fit great. Already been rock tested on the Rubicon,
Anonymous | January 22nd, 2016
As always great product easy install and the extra bolts across the back makes it real secure. MARSHALL
Anonymous | March 27th, 2016
Received my skid plate. Strong looking sucker. Ordered in bare steel, and painted it to match my jeep. Got the nut strips too. Will be installed tomorrow, 3-27-2016, because that's what Jesus would do.On my 97 XJ on the passenger side of the gas tank, there is a flimsy heat shield, and one of the bolts broke off. Had to cut it off, then I could remove the rusty old factory nut strip. I mocked up the new nut strips while I was waiting for paint to dry. Looks good. JCR sends nice hardware, but I decided to put Grade 8 bolts in just because. The JCR stuff is Grade 5, which would probably be plenty strong. Nothing wrong with it, I just love Over Kill, you know, that thrash band from back east. Thanks for another great product. I have the rock sliders too, but that's a project I haven't gotten around to yet. Soon. Very soon.