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Automatic Tranny Skid Plate?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Silver02Taco, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. Oct 6, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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    Silver02Taco

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    Hey guys...

    Being that I am relatively new to the world of Tacoma's, I need a little help. I'm going to be doing some wheeling in the coming weeks and a friend of mine insists that I need to get a skid plate for my Auto-Trans before we go. Do the first gen's with automatics HAVE a skid plate for the tranny?? Or is he talking out his ass??

    :confused:
     
  2. Oct 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM
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    Depends on how hard you wheel.
    I drive my truck kinda hard. If i'm on trails, I have all my skids on....period.

    Take a look at budbuilt skids. I have their IFS skid and bellypan. I don't rock the bellypan all the time, only when wheeling on trails or where there might be a risk of high centering. IFS skid covers from in front of the radiator to just past the steering rack. Bellypan covers from right behind the steering rack all the way past the transfer case.

    IFS Skid:
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    Bellypan:
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  3. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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    Thanks Jason. I'll look those up. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:50 PM
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    why dont you normally run the belly skid?? too heavy?
     
  5. Oct 6, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    It is FUCK HEAVY. It is a huge hunk of solid plate. I was able to bend one side belive it or not though. :eek:

    My taco is my daily driver. If i'm in the dunes or around town, there's no reason for me to have it on. It's held in by 7 14mm bolts. Easy to put on/off if I need it.
     
  6. Oct 6, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    ahh come on, it aint that bad :D Have you not made yours look like a banana yet? I had to take mine off and hammer it down because it was contacting the t-case. And its already starting again. Im thinking about reinforcing it, but then it will really be to heavy for one person to carry around.
     
  7. Oct 6, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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    This is exaclty what happened to mine on my last wheeling trip.
    Been lagging on beating the fucker back into place.
     
  8. Oct 6, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    Oh shit, OP I just realized you're local. If you wanna take an up close and personal peak on my skids, you are more than welcome to. :thumbsup:
     
  9. Oct 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    Appreciate it, but now I'm trying to decide between Budbuilt and Metalmiller's skids... :eek:
     
  10. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:12 PM
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    You should also consider Skidrow. I believe their plates come powder coated for the same price as a Budbuilt non painted skid.

    Why is your friend insisting you need a skid pate? Where the hell is he taking you?
     
  11. Oct 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM
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    Metalmiller's does not protect the transmission.
     
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    Get buds and reinforce them before you even put them on so they get to warped and out of shape. I wish I had reinforced mine while they were still straight.
     
  13. Oct 8, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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