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Thread: JL JOURNAL : Protect Your JL Front Axle Drain Bolt with a Rancho Glide Plate

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    JL JOURNAL : Protect Your JL Front Axle Drain Bolt with a Rancho Glide Plate

    I don't know who the boy genius was that thought it would be a good idea to locate the front axle drain bolt on a Jeep JL Wrangler, directly underneath it but in my opinion, this is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen. Sure, I get that it would help to make servicing the axle a lot easier but being that this is on a Jeep, a vehicle designed to go off road and play on big rocks, it really makes no sense at all. Certainly, it isn't where they put it on the previous JK Wrangler and it isn't even where they put it on the rear axle of a JL Wrangler - on the side and out of harms way. Of course, it should be of no surprise that after a year of playing hard on trails like the Rubicon, the drain bolt on our JL Wrangler front axle finally got hit enough to damage the threads and cause it to leak. Needless to say, this is something I wanted to protect and did so with a Rancho JL Wrangler Front Axle Glide Plate. While I'm not exactly thrilled about the bright red color it comes in (something I intend to fix with some black paint), the Rancho Front Axle Glide Plate is designed to take on big hits, has a port on the bottom for easy servicing and the best part of it is, it only costs about $150. In this episode of the JL JOURNAL, you'll get to see just how super simple it is to install, using basic tools and in just minutes.



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    Tools You Will Need
    • 13mm Socket & Wrench
    • 10mm Socket
    • Ratchet


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    Meme King WJCO's Avatar
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    Well designed product. Looks like a simple install as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Well designed product. Looks like a simple install as well.
    Well designed, super simple install and very affordable. A WIN WIN WIN.

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    Good info and install-

    I had one on my '08 JKUR-

    Haven't had time for one on the JL---YET

    Thanx

    JIMBO

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    This will sell like hot cakes. Crazy weird bad design on this axle. Seems easy enough from the video.


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    I like the idea of it. Just wish it came in black like the jk version

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    Dang that was fast, didn't even have for my coffee and donuts Ps, already installed mine, Thanks

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    Great video! Super easy install and protects that bolt well it looks like.

    So how’s Cindy’s face after that hit to the camera with the ratchet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
    Good info and install-

    I had one on my '08 JKUR-

    Haven't had time for one on the JL---YET

    Thanx

    JIMBO
    Quote Originally Posted by tallguy26 View Post
    I like the idea of it. Just wish it came in black like the jk version
    Yup, black would have been a lot more desirable as is shown above but, nothing a little black paint can't fix.

    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    This will sell like hot cakes. Crazy weird bad design on this axle. Seems easy enough from the video.
    I dunno, maybe Dana knows something we don't. To me, these Rancho Glide Plates are a must have for anyone who plays out on the rocks.

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