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Bud Built Skid install with an Elite bumper.

Discussion in 'Elite Off-Road' started by JLee, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Aug 18, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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    JLee

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    Okay so the questions have been out there if the Bud Built IFS skid fits with the Elite front bumper. And yes it dose "with a little modifications" This is what I did to make it fit.

    On a side note I wouldn't get the powder coated skids because your going to be grinding it off. "And I don't think you should powder coat a skid anyway it's just going to get all messed up and you will have to paint over it anyway but that's just me"

    Tools
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    4.5" angle grinder (with 4 to 6 cut off wheels)
    Paint pen (or sharpie)
    Straight edge
    Measuring tool (I used THIS)
    Primer & paint


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    3 beers :D




    You can see here how much the skid hangs over the edge of the bumper. This shot is with the hex bolts in place to align the skid.
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    My mounting point is a little tweaked "yes I wheel my truck :p"
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    So I took a measurement wile the skid was on the truck and came up with this.
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    And broke out the angle grinder (Note) with the 4.5" angle grinder dont just bite into the edge of the plate. Do light passes over the top until you cut all the way through.
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    I did it one bolt hole at a time.
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    And that's what I trimmed off.
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    And even if you take your time your going to eat up grinding disks I went through 3 and half of the fourth. And I took my time and didn't rush it.
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    Here is what i cut off mine "But yours will be different trust me"

    Passenger side
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    Driver side
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    Then mocked it up to see fitment I cut back a little much for my taste but once the hex nuts are started you couldn't get it to go into place. (Note) i would knock off about 1/8" 1/4" from your cut and it will line up better.
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    I didn't mined the over cut too much because i didn't plan on leaving it that way. i took the trimmed steel and lined it up wit the holes and stitch welded it to the skid.
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    Then tested fitted the skid and there was just a little over hang i had to trim.
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    Then I primed and painted the skid.
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    Note you will have to drill out the hole on the bumper and buy nuts from Home Depot to bolt it to the bumper.
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    I had some 5/16th bolts so I used those.
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    Another thing if you have the Elite cut outs like I do you can forget about the middle bolt because you can get to it. You could put it in before the skid and hope it don't spin on you because you can't get to the top. The next time i take off my skid I may tack the bolt to the bumper and put it on but I'm fine with just 2 for now.
     
  2. Aug 18, 2011 at 8:54 AM
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    1337Taco

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    Looks good Jerry!
     
  3. Aug 18, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    Max-4_Yota

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    Great write up, Ill be doing this once my bumper gets here. :thumbsup:
     
  4. Aug 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM
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    nice write up man....
     
  5. Aug 18, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    Thanks guy I figured Id help everyone out so there was no guessing when installing a Bud Built skid with one of these bumpers.
     
  6. Aug 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    Nice write-up
     
  7. Aug 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    Great write up man very helpful :thumbsup:
     
  8. Aug 24, 2011 at 12:43 AM
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    nice job Jerry, thanks for posting this!! rep for you
     
  9. Apr 1, 2012 at 10:28 AM
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    I know this is an old thread, but was wondering if Bud Built redesigned their skid plates for the tacoma . . . . it seems the IFS one pictured here is different from previous ones.

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  10. Apr 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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    he has a 1st gen taco you have a 2nd gen
     
  11. Apr 1, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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    Uhhhh . . . . thanks ....feeling pretty dumb now. :)
     
  12. Apr 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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    lol its all good...btw i love my budbuilts..
     
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