Fiberglass protecting cover under truck

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Hmm.
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Had my "new" '99 UZJ100 on a lift at the dealership yesterday, and had my first unimpeded inspection in strong light.
Everything looked clean and tidy, :D but I noticed one bolt still holding a small bit of stiff material with an old, broken-off edge. ???

The mech said that was from the fiberglass "cover" that is missing on most of the two or three-year-old cruisers. He said the material gets brittle after a couple of years and starts to shred. They don't generally replace them, he says. :-\
Does anybody know the part and its purpose in life? Is it worth replacing?

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Where exactly is said dangily bit located?
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It's not actually dangly. The mech theorized that it was dangling that caused the demise of the rest of the cover!
All that's left is about two square inches of flat material held tight against the frame by a bolt into the frame the passenger side just ahead of the cross-beam that's about even with the front doors.
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Thanks for the description, Rick. I wasn't sure if there was one part or two parts to the thing.
Do you have an opinion on whether it's worth replacing? Certainly would keep road grit, water and tall weeds from the moving and sensitive bits around the pans and tranny. Might even help a bit with aerodynamics. :D
But there's also got to be a cost/benefit consideration since it's obvious this part doesn't last like the rest of the TLC! Maybe Dan can find a part number/cost and more info next time he sees a 100 (thanks Dan).
Do any of the 100 series owners still have this fiberglass part?
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I'm not all that familiar with the item just remember it being there when I was checking out a 100 once. Funny thing about those covers is that they usually serve some purpose and you'll find out what that is at the most inopportune time.
 
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Thanks Dan.
Looks like the covers include holes for draining the two pans, so they were intended to stay on except during serious maintenance. I think I'll see if the dealership will split the cost of tacking one of those under the truck.

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LT,

If I were you I will seek someone like Slee Off-Road to see if he offers a better product than plastic molding for protection, that's of course if you do wheel the rig more often, if not then you know your options.

My $0.02

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The fiberglass pan is a splash shield. It was never intended as a skid plate. That doesn't mean that a metal replacement couldn't be fabricated, just that the original should not be bashed (literally and rhetoricaly speaking ::)) as it does not pretend to be a skid plate.
 

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