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PostSubject: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:47 pm

Ok so turns out after one trip off reading after getting the truck out of the shop I have destroyed my front skid plate and also need to know what I need to get to provent it happening agin
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:00 pm

The only fail proof way is to not take it off road. You could also look into a stronger one like Budbuilt.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:02 pm

Do I need one of those bash plates
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:05 pm

2wheeldrive wrote:
Do I need one of those bash plates
No those are useless. Ask iwashmycar, it caused more harm than it gave protection.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:15 pm

Ok so what is my simple fix before the SC trip
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:18 pm

Buy a Budbuilt skid, drive to Lenoir and pick it up. Or go easy at the gulches and stay off the rocks.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:41 pm

Haha I am only 2wd I have to ram anything I do
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:46 pm

You dont have to ram it. You choose to ram it.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:51 pm

I mean it helps speed is the only thing I have
I look ford to seeing what you guys can teach me on the trip
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:53 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:54 pm

Ok
I will try to get them
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:47 pm

2wheeldrive wrote:
Ok so turns out after one trip off reading after getting the truck out of the shop I have destroyed my front skid plate and also need to know what I need to get to provent it happening agin

DAMN, that's some hard reading! Sorry, couldn't resist.

There's also aluminum plates, but if you like bashing things then steel (like budbuilt) is your best bet.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:14 am

2Wheeldrive...you are gonna break more than a bash plate or skid if you have to "hulk" smash everything in your way...easy does it..and finesse.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:50 am

Indeed . Some sort of front and mid plates are very helpful. After the Gulches trip where the Bling Plate got totaled (I believe this also slightly bent my lower rad support and started a fender bulge) I decided to start piecing together some Aluminum Ricochet skids as weight was a huge concern. I dont really plan on dropping the whole front of the truck on a rock again, so hopefully theyll handle light taps and scrapes lol

Budbuilts sound like a good choice as the others suggested
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:34 am

I just checked out his website. You can get Budbuilts in aluminum now! They are pricey, and I still think the steel plate will hold up better in the long run, but there is another option for you folks who want aluminum.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:53 am

The aluminum will bend easier than steel.

And if you think the steel will not bend, you are wrong. Mine are already pretty bent out of shape. It's a fight to get them on everytime.

Great products, don't get me wrong. But if you are going to actually use them just get the steel.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:09 pm

You'd be surprised at the strength of 1/4" aluminum vs. 3/16" steel. I would bet it would hold up just as well for all but the hardest core wheelers. Expense is really the only pitfall for most of us.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:15 pm

Another factor between the two materials is the resistance to gouging. The steel "slides" better over rocks than aluminum. I have aluminum lower A-arm guards. When they take a blow, the scrapes have a considerable depth when compared to the steel plates. I could see aluminum skid plates creating much more friction and reduce you chances of sliding over a rock. (example: the Rock Garden at the Gulches)
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:44 pm

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I could see aluminum skid plates creating much more friction and reduce you chances of sliding over a rock. (example: the Rock Garden at the Gulches)

Or a small dirt bunny hill on an "easy" trail.... Mad

On a side note, the BudBuilt skids for the Tacoma actually unnecessarily reduced my ground clearance by an inch. Just came in from modifying them to get that inch back.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:36 pm

Now they will deflect into your diff!

You can already see the outline of my front diff in my Budbuilt
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:37 pm

Nah - it's the t-case skid that needed modifying....
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:49 pm

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On a side note, the BudBuilt skids for the Tacoma actually unnecessarily reduced my ground clearance by an inch. Just came in from modifying them to get that inch back.

I am curious to see what you did.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:16 pm

another difference between the aluminum and steel is the "elasticity" of the two... aluminum will bend to a certain point and "spring" back to almost the original...it will bend but it will actually take alot for it to deform permanently. steel on the other hand will dent and stay dented..it will take alot to dent but still once you put a dent in it thats it...lol...
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 9:35 pm

Brian wrote:
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On a side note, the BudBuilt skids for the Tacoma actually unnecessarily reduced my ground clearance by an inch. Just came in from modifying them to get that inch back.

I am curious to see what you did.

Sawzall, floor jack, and still need to do some welding. Also got the gas tank skid on. Figured I'd better get that done after sitting the tank on a rock last week.
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PostSubject: Re: Skid plates   Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:57 pm

I have Ricochet aluminum and they work fine for me. But I try not to beat the bottom of my FJ too hard. Don't get me wrong, I've done my share of bumping. As others said, aluminum will gouge.

I also tipped over a ledge at Moab while resting a good deal of the FJ's weight on the Ricochet transfer case skid. I was very surprised that the skid did not simply fold under the weight of the FJ! Fact is, it wasn't damaged.

If I did it over, I'd likely do a steel plate under the transfer case, but the Ricochets have held up well. Even dented and slightly bent they fit back on without trouble.
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