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Getting ready for the upcoming Branson event, and I am planning to get a stiffening plate for my '04 SSR. I thought it might be worth my time to see if anyone out there has one that they are wanting to sell. I realize that Mike has them, and I will most definitely purchase one from him if I don't 'stir' up anything out there with my inquiry. I see that there are 2 finishes offered. The mill finish and the Black powder coat. Is there a strong argument for one finish over the other? I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you your time.

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Getting ready for the upcoming Branson event, and I am planning to get a stiffening plate for my '04 SSR. I thought it might be worth my time to see if anyone out there has one that they are wanting to sell. I realize that Mike has them, and I will most definitely purchase one from him if I don't 'stir' up anything out there with my inquiry. I see that there are 2 finishes offered. The mill finish and the Black powder coat. Is there a strong argument for one finish over the other? I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you your time.
I would say the argument for one finish over the other is looks vs price. If you are showing the underside of your truck the the powder coat is likely what you want.


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I would say the argument for one finish over the other is looks vs price. If you are showing the underside of your truck the the powder coat is likely what you want.
I have the black powder coat because I like the way it looks BUT the black powder coat is prone for your floor jack slipping off. Check warning from MikeAZ.
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I just put the black one on our SSR. We are very satisfied with it and the black goes with the look we want. Purchased ours from Mike Simple Engineering.
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I have the black powder coat because I like the way it looks BUT the black powder coat is prone for your floor jack slipping off. Check warning from MikeAZ.
Yikes, I don’t know about using the stiffening plate as a jacking point. It’s only 1/4” aluminum.
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Thanks to everyone for their input. It looks like I just need to get this ordered from Mike @ Simple Engineering.

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I agree with the others, Sooner . . . You definitely will NOT be sorry.

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Yikes, I don’t know about using the stiffening plate as a jacking point. It’s only 1/4” aluminum.
I wouldn't do that.

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Buy a yellow plate, they draft the wind sooo much better! Not to mention you will be the envy of fellow fanatics
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I checked Mike’s site they are on backorder looking to get one too and the rear crossover but that is on backorder also.
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I checked Mike’s site they are on backorder looking to get one too and the rear crossover but that is on backorder also.
For the rear if you have a U pull it type salvage yard in the area check with them for the 4 bolt off a trailblazer or Envoy. I got mine from a U Pic A Part for like $8. I got the bolts and everything.
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Butch,don't think yeller would look good on his red truck. It WOULD make it faster though. LOL
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