Great build! Def thinking outside the box. Like kojackJKU i went the route of the Patriot with the 6 speed auto. It will eventually get some of the FDII goodies like the alt and tow hooks for sure. The design of your skid plate mounting has me thinking of some ideas however...May look into the idea of a similar multi part design that uses the stock mount points for the stock plastic FDI skid. Baring that...may just replace a few of the stock bolts with studs to mount an alloy "Bash plate" over the stock skid. That way the alloy is the sacrificial portion of the skid vs the plastic. That all said... I have always liked the Gen I Escapes ever since they came out.