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Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by trdproven, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    trdproven

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    Hi I'm new here, nice to meet you all. Want to make my 03 Tacoma Prerunner 4 Door Look better.

    Wanted some help on wheel size and offset. Want 16" wheels and wanted to get either volk te37 or rota grids (the ones with the flat spokes) but I do not know what the safest offset or backspace is needed to clear the suspension and still stay flush with the plastic fender.

    Also wanted to replace the factory skid plate because it is rusting, anyone know where to get a good one?

    I tried searching the site but could not find what I am looking for exactly.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Sep 26, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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  3. Sep 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM
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    welcome to the site.if ya go under the wheels and tires section in topics theres a ton of info there about offset ,backspace etc. hope this helps
     
  4. Sep 26, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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    For your skids, why not sand them down and paint them. If they aren't damaged or rusted though, cleaniing them up and painting with a black undercoat paint will make them look great and is probably a heck of a lot cheaper to do.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies.

    For the skidplate I was looking for an aftermarket option if someone knows of any. Thank you.
     
  7. Sep 26, 2010 at 5:16 PM
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    Skid Row Offroad (www.skidplates.com) is another source for aftermarket skid plates. I went with Bud built myself due to solid reputation and larger cover area of the main skid. I only bought the front skid plate.

    The complete bud built is a 3 piece design (front, rear, and cross member). The Skid row is 3 pieces as well (front, transmission, transfer case). Buds does look to cover more overall (covering the complete cat), while Skids only covers just the transfer case.

    For only the front piece, Bud's covers quite a bit more, covering up the steering gear assembly. Bud's is a bit more difficult for the initial install though, requiring one to remove bolts in the steering gear to mount the bracket.

    Price wise, they're both about the same. Skid's are about $682 combined, and Bud has the complete package for $575.

    Skids had a larger oil drain hole, and buds has holes to help with axle removal. (Larger hole doesn't necessarily mean better, as that might just be another thing to get caught on).

    Skid's come powder coated and Buds are bare metal.

    Branding. Skids looks like it has a huge cutout in the front, while Buds has a laser engraving thats easy to cover up and not very obvious with just paint if you dont feel you should have to be a walking advertisement.

    Quality. I'm sure they're both made from the same material using very similar techniques to bend and cut the steel.
     
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