Our Rock Rated™ Gas Tank Skid Plate for your XJ Cherokee is much stronger than the optional factory skid plate and protects one of the most often and easily damaged parts of your vehicle. This skid plate is made from laser-cut 3/16" thick steel that is CNC folded for consistent quality and fit. Then it's finished in an environmentally-friendly, and durable, black powder coating. Mounted solidly to your Jeep's "frame", installation does NOT require any drilling.
They are designed to work with virtually any hitch. However, if you don't already have a hitch you may need to provide the nut plates that fit inside the chassis. You can get them from your friendly Jeep dealer. On 1997-2001 model XJ's you'll only need the driver's side nut plate.
Please note that four M12x1.75 x 30mm bolts, lock washers, and large flat washers are needed for this installation if your vehicle does not have a hitch installed.