JL JOURNAL : Protect Your Jeep JL Wrangler 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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