Originally Posted by gordynor
As always, you guys rock! Thanks so much for the opinions. I'm not sure the answer is clear though. I was thinking sliders were the clear answer through the first several posts but Mxpatriot makes a really good point about skids... I can get home w dents, but not if I catch something like the tranny. On the other hand, I'm probably more likely to *need* the sliders before the skids - I'll wheel it harder as it gets older.
Let's say I decide on skids... I can't afford to add plating to the entire underbelly today. Which is the most important piece? Should I go for a tranny skid since I already have the OEM skid in the front (at least its something...)?
I would advise light wheeling until you can get sliders and skids in place.
Also, what are your suspension plans? A good set of armor is going to add 350-400 pounds to your truck, the majority of it towards the front...the stock front suspension will have some trouble handling that...you're going to want to look into upgrades.
No, armor is not cheap. But if you can ill afford spending money on the truck, wheeling may not be for you. Even with the proper equipment, this passtime tends to get expensive.
Originally Posted by Drunknsloth
Since your's is a 4x4 I think I would go with a transfer-case skid. Tacos don't come with one stock right?
It comes with something Toyota tries to call a t-case skid, which in actuality is a piece of tin foil that will get fucked up along with your t-case.