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2011 TRD Off Road Skid Plate

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Steig, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Sep 12, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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    Steig

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    I recently purchased a 2011 Tacoma DC 4x4 TRD w/off road package. My question is the skid plate that came with the OR package. I have seen pictures of other Tacoma skid plates and they are silver / aluminum in color and look better than my Black factory skid plate. Why do the OR skid plates look different to the silver / aluminum Toyota skid plates.

    my skid.jpg
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  2. Sep 12, 2010 at 10:11 AM
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    JB3CK24

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    The silver one is a Toyota Accessory and from what I read.. a piece of junk that bends easily.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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    Like Jeff said above...the silver one is an accessory.

    It's installed along with, not instead of...the skid plate already on your truck.

    The silver skid plate is mostly a design element that looks great on some trucks and offers limited protection. I don't believe Toyota expects it to perform like a plate steel skid plate for rock crawling or other hard core off roading.
     
  4. Sep 12, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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    It looks pretty but is basically useless. Good for pushing down tall grass though :laugh:

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  5. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM
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    Thanks for the info.
     
  6. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM
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    If you are looking for pretty then go for it or find somebody on here selling it. If you want functionality go for a bud built or ato skid.
     
  7. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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    Wtf. I rolled over a rock while backing-off and turning, didn't see it, and beside a sharp scratch on the skid plate and cross member, there is nothing bent. The front-end of the truck was putting all it's weight on the rock, it might have saved my oil pan. IMHO, as far as my experience go with the silver platr, it's pretty good, though not for hard core.

    Also, you guys are sure I can install the silver skid WHIT the oem skid???? If so I'll do that for sure.

    Note: in the installation instructions of the silver plate, they tell to remove the oem skid plate.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    Yes you can. thats the way my truck came.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    Your money is better spent on an AllPro IFS, Budbuilt, ATO, or pretty much any other skid.
     
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    Its a skid for posers... nuff said.
     
  11. Sep 12, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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    It works and I beat it. It gets bent but it works until I have money for some budbuilts
     
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    I have to disagree.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2010 at 3:39 PM
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    I must have had different instructions because the silver skid plate just bolted over my existing oem skid plate. You just remove the bolts and its fits right in place. Then re-install the bolts...
     
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    Thanks guys I just re-installed my oem skid plate then the silver. DOUBLE protection! nice! Now the SIDES of the engine are also protected! I'm pretty happy.
     
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    haha for sure. I think a tree branch can dent these
     
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    Or twice as weak :)
     
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    the silver one is more of a skid plate cover since it gets installed over the factory one. lol
     
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    What would be cool is if a company made a skid in the same shape as the factory accessory but not out of tin can metal. I'm surprised it hasn't happened yet.
     
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    Probably because the design is inherently flawed. If you were to actually use and abuse it, it would push into your bumper causing additional damage you wouldn't have had before. The other ones like allpro, bud, ect... won't do that, are a lot beefier, and get the job done right. I can understand how it would be beneficial for brush guarding a bit but, again there are better options for that as well.
     
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