As for the anodize or not anodize question, have you seen any problems with the naked skids as time goes on?
You probably won't--I think Tiki and I are just being overly cautious. I left mine bare on the lower, exposed side, since they'll likely be scraped up and are accessible. On the upper side I brushed on a coat of Rustoleum aluminum primer--it's a latex-base. Sprayed on a quick coat of aluminum color coat just to seal it in.
I was trying to go for some bling, so I sanded and polished the bash plate and A-arm plates. Thought of going for a mirror finish, but damn, that's a LOT of work! Forget it! So, it's just shiny--waiting for it's first scratches and scrapes...
Oh, one tip when installing the crossmember (did you get the diff and fuel tank plates?)--on the driver's side--you do NOT have to remove the plastic brake line clip from the frame. I removed it before realizing the crossmember didn't reach that upper, threaded hole, so it wasn't going to be in the way--so now it ain't ever going back in. Had to make other "arrangements" to secure the lines (cable ties). Of course, the instructions didn't say to take it off, either... :biggrin:
Both Tiki and I had to slightly bend the lower brake line to clearance the crossmember, even after rotating the brake line bracket as much as possible. Plus, I added some extra plastic spiral wrap over that line to prevent any chance of contact.