Link to the product: 2005+ Tacoma IFS Skid Plates (allprooffroad.com)
Spec: 7G Steel (3/16" or 0.1875" thick)
Before you install:
People needed: 1 person, 2 recommendedNotes:
Estimated time: 20-30 minutes if alone
Hardware Included: IFS Skid. You will re-use your stock bolts
If you have a front diff drop: You will need to space it down with washers. (I will get the correct sizes next time I'm at the hardware store)
- If you are installing the All Pro front bumper as well, please install the IFS Skid first. Removing the old one and bars is a lot easier if you do it first. The bumper will not fit with the stock skid plate unless you modify it first anyway, and the directions did not specify this.
- If you are not installing the front bumper, you can leave the TRD extra "C" type recovery point. If you are installing, it interferes with the bumper.
Gather required tools:
- 12mm socket (3/8" or 1/4" drive)
- 17mm socket (1/4" drive)
- 3" extension (3/8" and 1/4" or just 1/4")
- Ratchet (3/8" and 1/4" or just 1/4")
- Safety Glasses (especially if you wheel, always a good idea regardless)
Remove front skid
Remove front two bolts (12mm)
Remove center 2 bolts (12mm)
Remove rear 2 bolts (12mm)
Remove skid supports
All bolts are 17mm, Pass side has 3 bolts (two toward back, one front). Driver side has 4 bolts (two front, two back).
Prep skid for install.
Bent up portion goes toward front.
Required bolts for IFS skid install:
- 4x 17mm (front 2, middle 2)
- 2x 12mm (rear 2)
- Optional (dropped front diff) x# washers of x size. (will update when I get the proper sizes).
At this point it helps to have a buddy assist in keeping it stable and with the alignment, but you can do it alone. Install the 4 corner bolts first, then the middle two. As with any install, always keep the bolts loose to wiggle for alignment until all are in, then tighten down (hand tight to estimated 40ft-lbs) in a star-like pattern. I used a jack position near here:
Note, the TRD recovery point clears just fine with this skid and stock bumper:
I decided to test out the new skid... the jack didn't go high enough on it's own to completely pull the tires up, but I'd venture to safely say about 90% or more of the weight was on the jack. Note, wheels were chocked and e-brake on!
Result: No no flex in the skid at all, awesome product!
Enjoy the new skid!
If anyone has suggestions for clarification, updates, or anything else you'd like me to update to this, please let me know. I'm going to do a write-up on the front bumper install too when I get a chance to do it. Also, I ran a search and didn't find any previous write-ups for this, if there was I apologize in advance.
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