Hey guys. I banged up my new truck this weekend. I started a thread to find out about the damage.
A lot good information about the differences in skids was brought up. I am going to compile a list of all the aftermarket skids I can find and the differences in coveraged and price. I wish I would have researched more before I purchased my allpro skids. I will compile the list and links this week but one think I would like from you guys is reviews of your skids that I can put in the top section and pictures of them.
Lots of good info to follow, I promise.
Cost: $219 Bare $269 Painted
All-Pro's 05+ Toyota Tacoma IFS Skid Plate provides maximum protection for your Tacoma's vulnerable IFS third member and steering components. Fabricated from CNC laser cut, precision brake-formed 3/16" plate steel, this skid provides the strength you need without weighing your Tacoma down. Uses factory hardware for easy bolt-on installation. Compatible with stock bumper. Ditch that factory skid plate and get the protection you need in order to have fun and peace of mind on the trails! Add our other skids for even more coverage!
Not only does All-Pro Off Road offer IFS protection, we also offer protection for your transmission, transfer case & exhaust cross over pipe. For the ultimate protection before you hit the trail, be sure to get your Tacoma skid plates today. Provides strength without limiting vital ground clearance.
It’s obvious that extra protection is needed when traversing vigorous trails that are beating up your Tacoma. All-Pro’s heavy-duty Transfer Case/Exhaust Skid Plate protects your transfer case and exhaust cross over pipe from getting smashed by the rocks on the trail. The skid plate is made out of heavy-duty 3/16" steel plate that is mounted to 1.5” x .120 wall round steel tubing which extends to the frame rails with bolt-on backing plates. This innovative design essentially spreads the load from any impact to the frame instead of to the transfer case, which as we know is a vital (and costly) component in four-wheeling.
With this easy to install bolt-on application you'll be protected and ready to hit the trails in no time. This product has it all: function, fit and performance.
-->“Allpro skids are reasonably priced and offer adequate coverage when compared to other aftermarket skids. They will protect your truck from lots of damage and bolt on easy. They offer lots of clearance but because of the high clearance there are places to get hung up on if you plan on sliding on your belly. Their service is great. Ryan will hook you up with what you need.” – mademan925
-->"I'm running All-Pro skids on my truck. I have the ifs & trans skid installed and the transfer case & E-locker guard sitting in my garage. I don't have any complaints about any of them. If anything the ifs skid has paid for itself several times over." - 05aztacoma
Cost $289 bare $329 Painted
Replaces the stock thin sheet metal skid with 3/16" thick LASER cut steel, CNC press brake formed beef! Bolts on to existing mounting points with no welding or fabricating required. Recessed, flat head and carriage bolts give a nice smooth bottom. Rocks, stumps, and lesser vehicles have nothing to catch on. Edges are formed for strength and rigidity with gaps to allow for ease of cleaning and mud removal.
05+Taco, Mid Skidplate bolts on to existing mounting points with no welding or fabricating required. Recessed, flat head and carriage bolts give a nice smooth bottom. Only a small drain hole for changing oil interrupts that smooth surface. Rocks, stumps, and lesser vehicles have nothing to catch on. Edges are formed for strength and rigidity with gaps to allow for ease of cleaning and mud removal.
--> "I'm very happy with them"... "My BudBuilt skids provide a continuous skid from the front to a few inches behind the transfer case." - DoorDing
--> "I chose the BudBuilts because they cover the LCA's, which AllPro does not. And a nice smooth surface from front to back" - MonkeyFace
Armor tech offroad
Replace your weak stock skid pan with this ¼inch thick skid plate. This skid plate has been engineered to take all of the abuse off roading will throw at it and protect your engine and front differential from those pesky rocks and logs. The skid plate starts at the front cross member and covers all the way to behind the front differential for maximum coverage. There are 6 mounting points to hold the skid plate securely in place. Additionally there is an access hole for the engine oil drain plug so there is no need to remove your skid plate to change your oil. This plate is laser cut and CNC bent from high quality American steel and ready to protect your truck from the trail ahead.
This skid plate has been engineered to fit 2005 - 2013 Toyota Tacomas and take all of the abuse off roading will throw at it and protect your Transmission from those pesky rocks and logs. The skid plate starts at the back of the Armor Tech Front Skid Plate and covers to the transmission cross member. There are 5 mounting points to hold the skid plate securely in place. This plate is laser cut and CNC bent from high quality American steel and ready to protect your truck from the trail ahead. The Transmission skid requires the use of the Armor Tech Offroad Front Skid Plate.
This skid plate has been engineered to provide maximum protection for your 2005 and newer Tacoma transfer case. This skid plate is made from 3/16 inch American made steel that has been precision laser cut and CNC formed for a perfect fit every time. The skid comes completely bolt on, including a heavy duty rear support cross member. Relocating the stock exhaust crossover tube is required to fit this skid plate.
--> IFS is "pretty beefy and havent really wheeled with it on yet but it is strong enough to jack the whole front end of the truck up from it and not even be phased by it. It's also one heavy mother I used a jack to hold it in place while I installed it. Overall from what I've done with it I'm happy with it I feel as if I could take a few rocks to the center and not be phased by it." - MO13
--> "The front is a beast. 1/4 inch and it will support the truck. It has a nice smooth bend to it so lesser vehicles and pedestrians don't get caught up under there. I've smacked it a few times - and put a nice gouge in it - didn't even flinch. The mid plate mates up nicely and is a piece of cake to install. A++ would skidplate again." - Monkeyboy
--> " I have a ATO for the front. The fit is perfect, I like how much wider it is over some of the others and I would recommend the 1/4" thickness for anybody that is wheeling around rocks as mine does have a small dent and I try not to beat on it." -mach1man001
Cost: $185 bare $220 Painted
Protect your 2nd Gen Tacoma with an RCI Metalworks front skid plate. This plate protects and provides full coverage of the front of the truck including the front two crossmembers, front differential, and oil pan. Also, our products will not interfere with oil changes or routine maintenance as all necessary service openings are built into the plates. Built in drain holes serve two functions, allowing water and mud a way to drain out as well as extra cooling and heat dissipation from under the truck. Without these the plates will trap and accumulate mud and rocks.
Protect your 2nd generation Tacoma from costly underbody damage with an RCI Metalworks transmission skid plate. An excellent addition to your vehicle, or replacement for the cheap and extremely light duty oem skid plates, which do not provide coverage over full transmission. These plates are CNC cut and brake formed to protect your second and third crossmembers, and transmission. Edges are formed between crossmembers to provide maximum strength and rigidity. Integrates seamlessly with our front and t-case skid plates for an unobstructed smooth undercarriage surface. Service holes are integrated into design for easy maintenance without removal of plates
Protect your 2nd generation Tacoma from costly underbody damage with an RCI Metalworks transfer case skid plate. An excellent addition to your vehicle, or replacement for the cheap and extremely light duty OEM skid plate, which only attaches to the t-case itself. This means any impact will not be dispersed elsewhere, rendering the plate useless. RCI skid plates are CNC cut and brake formed to protect your third crossmember, transfer case, and exhaust crosspipe. Edges are formed between crossmembers to provide maximum strength and rigidity. Integrates seamlessly with our front and t-case skid plates for an unobstructed, smooth undercarriage surface. Our transfer case skid plate includes a heavy duty 3/16" steel welded crossmember for maximum strength
Cost $289 Bare $339 Painted
Our beefy IFS skid is CNC cut and CNC formed from 3/16" steel plate for a precise fit and great protection. Has a hole cut for access to oil drain plug for oil changes. Skid mounts to front crossmember, and protects the oil pan, front diff and steering rack. The skid is also wide enough to give some LCA alignment tab protection that some other skids leave vulnerable.
Made from 3/16" steel just like the standard IFS skid. This mid skid protects the transmission and catalytic converters from trail damage and would-be thieves.
One of the most vulnerable parts to the 05+ 4wd Tacoma is the low hanging factory transfer case.
Some extra protection is a must if you take your truck off-road, and Relentless Fab is here to help with our beefy transfercase skid. Precision made from CNC cut and formed 3/16" steel, this skid can prevent thousands in damage. Skid protects not only the transfer case, but also the low hanging exhaust cross over pipe that can easily get flattened.
-->"I have a Relentless IFS skid plate. I installed it before a lift or tires and lost some ground clearance. With the loss of about 1", I dragged a lot going up to my camp. After 1.5 miles of rubs and hits the skid still looks brand new. Great product, I highly recommend them!" - WLFFGreg
-->"The crossover accommodation never worked with my exhaust because it was so bent. Should have just down the crosseover from the bgining and flatbellied. Did it after. All in all install went pretty smoothly, and everything is holding on so far. Skids are great, lots of coverage all around. Definitly take a beating. " - tacoma16
--> "My transmission and transfer case are by Relentless. I ordered these because I didn't want to reroute my exhaust. I knew going in that they may not fit the ATO so if anybody else is going to mate these I would recommend that you order one (either the IFS or Transmission) of the skids without the holes where the two skids mount (I forgot and had to work on making the holes match up and now they are a little big). Also I used a piece of 2"x2'x1/4" as a filler between them as they were just a bit too short. Overall I am very happy with the trans skid protection and the way it mounts.
The last one is the transfer case skid and this one by far this is the one that I had the most problems with. Keep in mind this is one Relentless skid to another but when I first got it and tried to install it I noticed that it was never going to be able to mount because the rear most relief for the exhaust was not nearly deep enough coming out the back of the skid. So I took it down and cut it down an inch to see if it fit. I was able to install it then but it still was touching the pipe so I took it down to cut away even more. After that I installed it and started my truck only the hear it rattle like crazy. Looking around more I realized that the relief for the exhaust hanger was not deep enough and was touching. So I took it off, cut it down and reinstalled. BTW the access to the bolts on this skid are terrible so each time removing and installing it is a total pain in the ass. At this point MOST of the noise was gone but I did have some rattling at some RPM's so a week later down it comes again. I had to drill some holes to where the exhaust has worn the paint off of it in the exhaust drop down area. Hoping and praying I am done at this point and yea no noises. Yuppie! In my opinion I should not pay the money and then have to modify something in 3 different places to make it fit a stock vehicle. Like I said I knew that matching up 2 different brands could be a pain but to be honest my one disappointment was the fitment of the transfer case skid and all the mods that had to be done to make that particular one fit. So my summary is like this. Ultimately I am happy with of all of them. They are all VERY beefy and offer great protection. This after about 1.5 years of ownership. I couldn't imagine wheeling without them. " - mach1man001
--> "Relentless aluminum 1/4" IFS skid. Will be testing it out this week on some trails in Big Bear. I like the how little it weighs (30lbs) and how sturdy it feels for being that light. I have to chime in that you need a ratchet extension to get most of the rear bolts which was annoying because I had to go out and buy one." - RILEYSB
All skids are CNC Waterjet Cut & formed from 3/16" steel.
IFS skids use all factory mounting points and hardware.
MID skid requires IFS for installation.
Transfer case skid has optional exhaust cross-over coverage.
-->"I've had my Pelfreybilt IFS Skid for a while now and love it! Great coverage and protection and super stout" - CaliBluTaco
-->"There are several good skids on the market. I selected Pelfreybilt for several reasons; I felt the skid coverage of the lower control arm cam alignment tab plates was very good and would protect them from bending during bottom outs and hard front impacts (Note in the photo that the skid is banged up where it protected the drivers-side cam tab). I also liked the three peice skid design with two flat bottoms, the IFS area and then the MID-Transfer case area which has a bit more clearance, which I feel maximized clearance.
The skids fit well with no real installation issues. I sanded them and then rattle-canned them with clean metal primer and 3-4 coats of paint. Like any steel skids, they will rust where metal is exposed, and they take a beating on my truck, both from sandblasting by rocks kicked up by the front tires on high-speed gravel/desert roads (note the edge of MID skid in second photo where rock from the tires have blasted it) and from actual impacts on the trail. I am happy with the Pelfrey skids and would buy them again." - qnyla
--> "I'm on my 2nd set of Pelfreybilt skids, I can't say they are better or worse than another vendor's skids or not since I have only bought from him. I can say I wheel with my buddies who have different (brands of) skids and we tackle the same trails, with that being said I won't say which protects better, but Pelfrey's have excellent under carriage coverage from front to back. I am pretty hard on my skids and there are dents and deep scores from rocks but I am surprised they are holding up as well as they have been. The install is very simple, I recommend 2 people though, you will have to drill 2 holes through the frame which isn't bad if you have new bits and some drilling oil. Tyler also has some of the best customer service I've delt with. " - Large
--> "I have pelfreybuilt skids on my regular cab. Needed to grind down one frame rivet on each side so they'd sit flush but it's no big deal. Pelfreybuilt skid *is* compatible with my front swaybar, even though it's got a toytec relocate on it. To my mind the main decisions to make are: 1. Do you want an exhaust crossover or not? V6 trucks where the skid doesn't have a modified exhaust tend either need a drop out in the mid skid that's a potential hang up point, or a lower skid. If you're going to the trouble to add underbelly armour, you might as well do it right and take care of this issue, IMO. 2. Location. Buy close to home to save on shipping. Buy *really* close to home for free pickup and maybe help with installation. 3. Diff drop or not. Some of the skids are cut a little lower to fit a diff drop kit, some are not. Relentless is, Pelfrey is not. 4. Coverage around the front alignment tabs, and compatibility with LCA skids if you're running them. 5. 1/4" vs. 3/16" You've gotta be wailin' on your truck awfully hard to need the additional protection and weight of 1/4" skids. Even 3/16" skids are *very* beef. "-bjmoose