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Need Some Advice For A Piece That Fell Off

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by boyer, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. Apr 19, 2011 at 7:46 AM
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    Well,
    Long story short I was stuck in a mud hole. I had to get pulled out which took some time. Well there was some damage but minimal. I broke my right rear tail light. Which BTW if anyone knows where to get one for cheap please let me know. But aside from that, when I was finally out I went to survey the damage. I looked underneath the front of the truck and noticed what looked to be a big piece of plastic or aluminum hanging down under the truck. It was right under where the engine is and behind the factory skid plate. I have been trying to figure out what piece this is called. I do not have it anymore since it fell off on the ride back. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Apr 19, 2011 at 7:55 AM
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    ive got a pair of factory tail lights that are in great shape id sell you and take a pic of the location the part fell off of so ive got an idea of what it was.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:00 AM
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    Here is a pic.

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  4. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:12 AM
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    I'm betting it was a heat shield off of one of the cats
     
  5. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    Im pretty sure that is the second skid plate... You have a front big one and then a front small one that is directly behind it based off the picture that is what it looks like to me
     
  6. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    X2. The factory skid is two pieces.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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    Hmm could be. maybe the trd trucks have an extra one that my sr5 doesn't
     
  8. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    well for one 1st and 2nd gens differ, plus the smaller skid protects the front diff and partial driveshaft components, you are a 2wd good sir:p
     
  9. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    A 2nd gen has a different skid then a 1st gen.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    yes, that looks like the second skid plate.
     
  11. Apr 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    ohhh didnt realize it wasa first gen:eek:
     
  12. Apr 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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    Cool,
    Is there anywhere in particular to buy just the second skid plate? Or a better alternative?
     
  13. Apr 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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    View the build. Too much to list.
    Before you buy another one you should make sure the bolts that were holding it on didn't get broken off in the nuts or something, inhibiting your ability of bolting another one on. Time for some cleaning and further investigation...
     
  14. Apr 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    Well, A quick look shows some rusting on the current skid plate where it bolts on. Truck is clean now.
     
  15. Apr 19, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    my advice would be to invest in aftermarket like allpro of budbuilt skid plates, they are heavier duty than stock skids and you shouldnt run into this problem again..... also stay out of the mud if you can, having a skid plate torn off will be the least of your worries if you keep doing it
     
  16. Apr 19, 2011 at 12:29 PM
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    100% rear skit plate, its a pain in the ass i have to pull mine of when i change my oil. nothing that you have to have but for off roading i would be sure to get another one or aftermarket.
     
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