Originally Posted by OZ-T
Do you think you will see a savings over just buying a proven brand ?
Home made is absolutely cheaper than buying a proven brand. I spent a total of $100 on all three of my skids...IFS, trans, T-case. They are stronger than Budbuilts because of the extra bracing. You can find tons of posts from people showing their Bud Built belly skids all bent because they didn't add extra bracing. Bud Builts are good skid plates, don't get me wrong but they need some extra beef to keep them from bending.
Originally Posted by offroadwonder
I have been thinking about the same (also largely due to exorbitant shipping costs). My thought is that I would like to build them out of a lighter material. As you mentioned most guys seem to be building skids out of 1/4" plate, but that is incredibly heavy.
In my opinion armor is there to protect the truck from something unavoidable, not protect from an idiot behind the wheel. So if I am on a trail that has a boulder that is just that extra inch too tall and it ends up getting into a skid, I shouldn't need 1/4" plate. 1/8" will hold the static weight of the truck and even handle a decent impact (it will probably dent from impact however).
With all the stuff I load in my truck I don't want to give up 100lbs just to skid plates alone.
3/16" is more than adequate if you incorporate some proper bracing to the plates. In fact most of the "proven" skids out there like BudBuilt, Skid Row, AllPro
, TG etc all use 3/16". Some tricks are to have some vertical or angled edges on the sides to keep the edges from beding, and then add a few peices of bracing through the middle to help distribute load when you take big hits.
I have beat the snot out of my skid plates and they are still straight and doing their job perfectly for a fraction of the cost of something you could buy from other vendors.
here they are all clean......