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I DID IT!!!! I finally got my skid plates. I can now with 100% certainty confirm that the Jeep Liberty skid plates do fit the Nitro, and I am providing the pictures to prove it. First off let me start off with part numbers:

82210769: Front Suspension- My Cost $96.05
82210003: Transmission- My Cost $61.25
82210937: Transfer Case- My Cost $61.25

I ordered them from the local Dodge dealership. When they arrived they came with instructions and mounting hardware zip-tied onto the plates. The installation is pretty straightforward, although I did run into a few typical speed bumps: I will cover these in a moment.

First thing that you need to to to install them is to mount the Transmission skid plate. To mount it on the frame in the rear, you must first add the piece that contains the threads. There is just a hole cut into the frame and it needs to have a piece pressed into it in order to thread in the bolt. Sorry, I did not get a picture of the piece, but I will show you how to install it, as it took me a minute.


The silver metal is the piece that contains the threads. The black bolt and nut is what will press the silver piece into the frame. To do this, thread the black bolt into the silver threads until it is snug up against the nut. Then, hold the nut with a wrench, and proceed to tighten the bolt. As you tighten it, it will expand in the hole in the frame. When it is tight, torque it to 30 ft/lbs. Then, remove the black bolt and the threads will remain in the frame. Be sure to hold onto the nut/spacer in the middle so everything tightens down properly. There are a total of 6 of these threads to install. (4 in the cross bar in the middle and two in the frame on the drivers side of the car by the transfer case). Once these are installed, it is a simple matter of bolting the skid plates into position.

When bolting the skid plates on, it is extremely important that you follow this order!

First, put the transmission skid plate (longest of the three) into position. There are two pieces that stick out of the front that will slide into two holes that are cut into the cross bar that is in the front. This will assist you in holding it into position while you slide in the rear. You can start by raising it up into the front and loosely securing it with the bolts, and then do the same in the rear. Do not tighten the bolts yet as the front suspension skid plate must slide onto the same bolts below the transmission skid.
Slide the front skid into position, and place the two front bolts loosely into position. Make sure everything is all lined up, and begin tightening the bolt. Once they are snug, torque them to 45 ft/lbs.
Finally, raise the transfer case skid into position, and bolt it into the four holes where you pressed the threads in. Congratulations! You now have skid plates!!!
Now, here's some pictures!:D

Front suspension skid, covers front differential and some of the steering components. Still has a hole for that awful drain channel for the oil filter that is bolted onto the front diff.


Next up is the Transmission skid. It too, has a hole in it allowing for easy access to the oil pan drain plug.



Finally we have the transfer case skid.



Total time was about 2 hours including the time it took to unbolt the front skid once I realized that the tranny one used the same bolts:loser1:
I will give updates once I field test them:Racing:
 

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Very well done! Congrats on being the first one here to install them. :rep:
I made your thread a sticky so it won't get buried. :smileup:
 

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Those look incredible! What years with they fit? Are they the same for every model? Does the tranny type matter?
As far as I know the skid plates should fit all years with the 3.7l engine. I Have a 2008 with the 3.7. I would assume that they would bolt onto the 4.0 as they share the same frame but the drain hole locations may not match up. If I see an rt parked anywhere I will take a look under it and see what it looks like by comparison.
 

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Very well done! Congrats on being the first one here to install them. :rep:
I made your thread a sticky so it won't get buried. :smileup:
Thanks! Hopefully this information will be of use to others.
 
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Brilliant news! This is a break through for those high jacked off road set.
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Just out of curiosity, how much do they weigh?

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I didn't think to weigh them, so i cannot say for sure, but if i took a guess i would say all 3 toghether would probablly be about 60 to 80 pounds max
 

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I didn't think to weigh them, so i cannot say for sure, but if i took a guess i would say all 3 toghether would probablly be about 60 to 80 pounds max
Thanks - may have to consider this. What year Liberty do the part numbers relate to?

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Part numbers should be from the 2008 and up Liberty. Thats when they went to the Nitro platform.
 

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Part numbers should be from the 2008 and up Liberty. Thats when they went to the Nitro platform.
I am not 100% sure on this, but I believe that the part number for all years of the Jeep Liberty is the same for the engine (front suspension) and transmission skid plates. The only one that is different is the transfer case skid. I am basing that off of this website http://www.justforjeeps.com/fueltank.html because on here there is only one part number listed for the transmission and suspension skid plates.
When I ordered them from the dealership, I told them I wanted them for the 2008 Jeep Liberty 4X4. The only reason I am saying that the tranny and suspension ones are likely the same on the older style Jeeps is because if you ever found one at a junk yard somewhere, you might be able to acquire the skid plates much cheaper there.
 

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It's just you. I can still see the Pics.
 

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Great write up! It's amazing how many of the Liberty parts are interchangable, but then again, they're basically the same vehicle so.......
 

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:woohoo:
Can't wait to see the install Pics! :))
 
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