CBI Off-Road Front Overland Skid Plate for the 6th Gen Bronco – Install & Review

Front Overland Skid Plate from CBI Off-Road

CBI Disconnecting Sway Bar Compatible Front Skid Plate for the 6th Gen Bronco – Install & Review

CBI offers a full line of skid plates for the 6th Gen Bronco, most of which are listed on their site as “not compatible with the disconnecting sway bar” including the front overland skid. That said, we tested all their skid plates on our electronic sway bar disconnect equipped Badlands Bronco.

The only skid that is not compatible with the sway bar disconnect is the rear overland skid plate. The overland skid collides with the sway bar disconnect housing which prevents you from bolting it into place on the crossmember. Maybe in the future, we will see a sway bar disconnect compatible overland skid option but for now, that skid does not work. All the remaining skids offered from CBI are compatible with the electronic sway bar disconnect; front skid, gas tank skid, and transfer case skid.

Let’s jump into the front overland skid plate and see what it takes for an installation and look at some of the features and benefits that are offered by CBI.

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  • Front Overland Skid Plate (2022+ Bronco): Check Price

OEM Vs. CBI

Factory Bronco Skids

The factory steel skid plate, or as Ford refers to them “Full Vehicle Steel Bash Plates” are standard on Black Diamond, Badlands, and the First Edition. All other Broncos are equipped with plastic covers that surround the oil pan, transmission pan, and gas tank. In addition to that, the transfer case is completely exposed.

The Black Diamond, Badlands, and First Edition steel bash plates are 3/16″ mild steel which will do a great job of protecting the undercarriage. Regardless of what model you have, if you plan on doing any wheeling, you should consider steel or at the minimum, aluminum.

I would highly recommend installing either an OEM Ford steel bash plate kit (that kit covers the front, engine, transfer case, and fuel tank) or go with an aftermarket option, like the CBI Off-Road overland skids pictured on this post. The CBI skid plates are 1/4″ mild steel and will do an even better job of protecting your undercarriage compared to the factory steel bash plates.

Overview

CBI Skid Plates for the Bronco - Review

The CBI Off-Road Bronco skids have been designed after their tried and true line of skids for other makes and models. Engineered to safeguard your vehicle from rough terrain, these skids provide unmatched protection, allowing you to explore with confidence on your off-road adventures.

  • Material: 1/4″ steel
  • Install Time: Under 1-hour
  • Fitment: 2022 – Current
  • Finish Options: Satin black powder coat or bare metal
  • Oil drain service hatch provides quick access
  • Can accommodate up to a 1″ differential drop
  • Disconnecting sway bar compatible

Installing a front skid on the 6th Gen Bronco is an incredibly easy task. Let’s get started.

Step 1. Loosen Front Bolts

Loosen Front Skid Plate Bolts

Start by locating the front bolts, grab a 15-millimeter socket, and loosen them by hand.

Step 2. Position Floor Jack

Place Jack Under Skid Plate

Grab a floor jack and support the skid before loosening the rear bolts.

Step 3. Loosen Rear Bolts

Loosen Rear Skid Plate Bolts

Loosen the rear bolts. Use the same 15-millimeter socket.

Step 4. Drop Skid

Drop Skid Plate

With the plate fully supported by the floor jack, you can fully remove all four bolts holding the front skid in place. Then lower the jack and pull the plate out.

Step 5. Remove Rear Connector Skid

Remove Rear Skid

Now remove the rear connector skid. There are two more bolts holding the rear connector in place. Remove those remaining bolts and then drop the connector plate out.

Step 6. Jack CBI Skid Into Place

Jack CBI Skid Plate Into Place

With the factory skid removed, you can now jack up the new CBI front skid. Start by balancing the plate on the floor jack. Depending on your floor jack, you might need to set a piece of flat wood on top of the jack plate in order to balance the skid. Since I am using a Pro Eagle Jack, the skid plate tends to balance out on its own since its sitting on a rubber pad. Once you have found your center balance point, position the plate into place by locating the holes in the plate to the holes in the Bronco’s frame rail.

Step 7. Loosely Thread Front Bolts

Loosely Thread Front Bolts 

Once you have located the holes in the plate and the frame rail, thread your factory bolts by hand. Repeat this step for the driver side or passenger side depending on where you start.

Step 8. Loosely Thread Rear Bolts

Loosely Thread Rear Bolts

Now move to the back and thread the rear bolts.

Step 9. Tighten All Bolts Down

Tighten All Bolts Down

Once all your bolts have been threaded down, you can hand torque all bolts down. Torque each bolt to the OEM spec of 35 ft./lbs.

Final Thoughts

The front overland skid plate from CBI offers a bit more surface area protection over the factory steel bash plates. The 1/4″ material is also much stronger than the factory 3/16″ steel skids. Not only is the material thicker, but there are welded gussets along the inside of the CBI plate.

The gussets run all the way from the front of the plate all the way to the back where there are welded crossover braces that connect to the crossmember. This overland skid plate is incredibly strong. I would highly recommend the front overland skid from CBI to anyone looking for some added protection up front.

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