Asfir 4x4 Jeep Wrangler TJ Gas Tank Skid Plate
Adding more trail protection to our TJ Wrangler with Asfir 4x4's Gas Tank Skid Plate
Sometimes you donít realize you need more trail protection until you break something. This was pretty much the case on our recent trip to the Rubicon in our Jeep Wrangler. After coming off of a number of steep, drop-off ledges, we thought our Bestop HighRock 4x4 Bumper took most of the impact, but once we got home we noticed a giant dent in our factory gas shield that holds the actual gas tank in place.
This dent was not a good situation and needed repair and reinforcement before hitting the trail again. Aside from the obvious danger of a fuel tank leak and eventual spill, the spot was clearly a weak point on our Wrangler moving forward. Had the dent been worse it might have actually punctured the tank.
It was clearly time to add some protection for our fuel tank. We came across a very nice skid plate for the TJ Wrangler from Asfir 4x4. The company was actually installing trail protection on the 2012 Road Race Motorsports JK we featured on the site a while back. Asfir 4x4 is an Israeli-based company has been producing off-road parts for literally decades (since 1986), but this has mostly been across the pond and only in the last few years has it been distributed in the United States.
According to Eitan Urman, owner of Advanced Off-Road Technology (AOT) and North American distributor for Asfir 4x4, the company was born after talk between Israeli Special Forces teams, specifically helicopter crews (needing lightweight protection) and teams operating off-road armored vehicles. The idea was hatched to produce not only durable parts that could offer serious off-road protection, but also make it lightweight and easy to install out in the field if necessary as opposed to a heavier part that required additional manpower.
ďA steel plate you need two guys just to hold it up,Ē Urman said, who explained that Asfir 4x4ís aluminum parts feature, ďreduced weight on the vehicle, are easier to install, and aluminum doesnít rust.Ē
Aside from Jeeps, Asfir 4x4 has produces accessories for Toyota, Chevy, Ford and Polaris vehicles. The parts are designed to fit a stock vehicle and bolt in or around the existing bolts in the frame. Asfirís TJ Fuel Skid Plate fits over the factory gas shield, and it is constructed of 1/4-inch-thick 5052 aluminum. This meant we needed to pull off the stock gas shield to pop out the dent (and reduce chance of any future issue) before moving forward with the install.
With Road Race Motorsports helping us with the install, we were able to overcome the issues with our bent-up Wrangler and add more trail protection to our Wrangler. The install is pretty straightforward other than needing work around our bent parts. Since we are running a Bestop Highrock 4x4 rear bumper and not the stock piece, a corner section of the skid plate needed to be cut off. We also ran into a fitment issue with the bolt holes (as noted in the photos detailing the install), but this wasnít a faulty design of the skid plate Ė this was because our Jeep had been beat up on the trail and the bolts angled awkwardly.
With the Asfir 4x4 Gas Tank Skid Plate installed, we have piece of mind that what was once a weak link on our Wrangler is now reinforced for our next trail ride. Protection aside, the billet aluminum piece just looks great on our TJ. The sturdy, quarter-inch-thick plate and brackets are great. Although itís nice and shiny now, we sort of canít wait to bounce it off a few rocks to really put it to the test.
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