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aftermarket skids made of alum

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by treadway47025, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Dec 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM
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    treadway47025

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    Does anyone manufacture aluminum skids for the taco like they do for the fj cruiser? I have emailed ricochet brand several times with now response.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2011 at 7:44 AM
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    anyone know anything on this??
     
  3. Dec 24, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    I've seen a few custom ones made out there. There are no "major" fabs that carry regular aluminum skid products for 2gen Tacos, no.

    But if you want lighter, weaker skids, there's always All-Pro :D
     
  4. Dec 25, 2011 at 4:31 AM
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    I just want some protection but nothing too extreme so maybe the fabled allpro will be fine for me in that case. Dont want to add too much weight to my ac 4x4 4popper
     
  5. Dec 25, 2011 at 6:47 AM
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    Check out aluminess.com that should give you a start
     
  6. Dec 25, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    Mike @ Defined Engineering made Aluminum skids for his Tacoma, pretty sure they're bolt-on, I'm sure he'd help you out :cool:
     
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    You could get some fabbed up, but if they're a one off job they're gonna run you a little more. Plus aluminum tends to be more expensive than mild steel.

    But, get it set up the way you want. If you don't, it'll bug you forever.
     
  8. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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  9. Dec 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM
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    Interesting, never heard of them before. Would like to see some mounted pics of them. Could be good for those who want some light weight protection (desert guys etc)
     
  10. Dec 25, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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  11. Dec 26, 2011 at 7:00 AM
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    well I dont plan on any wild offroad but do want some protection for the mild trails and backroads I do plan to use my truck on when going on camping and riding trips. Also when just having a little fun. Leaning more towards a light weight expo build
     
  12. Dec 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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    I was looking into this for the same reasons you posted. I found that Bud's will make his in aluminum for anyone who wants it. After weighing the price vs. weight difference I didn't think it was worth it to go aluminum. If I remember correctly it only saved about 50 lbs. to go with his aluminum vs. his regular steel version. YMMV. :cool:

    http://www.budbuilt.com/
     
  13. Dec 27, 2011 at 12:53 PM
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    good info there wallygater
     
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    I just ordered BudBuilt's 5 piece set. They say the aluminum parts weigh roughly half that of steel. I'll post my experience with them here.
     
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    Just added the IFS and transmission ASFIR skids to my truck. The major weight savings of aluminum, combined with not having to worry about painting and repainting steel skids, won out for me in the end.

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    FYI there was some discussion on Expedition Portal (http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/threads/57318-ASFIR-Skid-on-05-Tacoma) about the smaller plate that hangs down on the IFS skid. Sierra Expeditions told me that it's not actually for servicing the front diff, but that it allows the whole skid to be sucked up higher to the underside of the truck. The way it mounts with non-captured bolts indicates to me that it's not meant to be removed independently of the rest of the skid.

    I will definitely post more feedback once I've had had a chance to bang on these a little bit. My only concern at this point is the hardware, since the bolt heads aren't recessed at all. Depending on how the bolts holds up, I may change them all over to carriage bolts or something lower profile.
     
  16. Apr 15, 2013 at 7:46 AM
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    Don't bang on them too hard. I made the mistake of letting the wrong friend spot me and bashed the transfer case skid hard enough to bend it a little. No real damage, but my spotter was being a dick. I don't think steel would've bent in that situation.
     
  17. Apr 15, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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    the ASFIR skids scare the hell outta me, granted they are up a bit, but I dont mind a bit more hang down( 1/2"- 1") to have proper protection.
     
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    As I understand it, one of the many advantages of aluminum skids is that you can take them off and just bang the dents out. No paint or coating , less weight, bolt right onto the frame are some of the other advantages of the ASFIR's. I think they are made in Israel.
     
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    wow that ASFIR looks a little flimsy to me, and the exposed bolts definitely look like they'd get hung up/sheared off. At least that's my $.02 from those pics above
     
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