The Jeep Wrangler JL/JLU front axle is manufactured with a CAD Center Axle Disconnect (also called FAD. This feature is designed to improve fuel economy but does add a vulnerable load bearing casting to long side of the JL/JLU front axle tube. Castings are known to be delicate to impact loads and being that impacts of the axle is inevitable off road, protection is a must.
The EVO MFG JL CAD adds much needed protection by retaining the partial factory skid plate and adding an additional 3/16 inch steel full coverage skidplate not only protecting the FAD casting and wiring harness but also extending forward to protect the highly vulnerable front steering stabilizer. The EVO MFG CAD/FAD Skid comes fully welded, powder coated black and ready to install with standard tools in a few simple minutes.