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OEM aluminum skid plate bolts

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DLillest, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:21 AM
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    DLillest

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    Hi all,

    I purchased a used but pretty new oem accessories aluminum front skid plate. The problem is it didn't come with the hardware.

    I've searched and searched and can't seem to find the exact size of the bolts required.

    From what I've seen, I need to re-use the rear bolts from the stock steel skid plate but the front requires spacers as well as longer bolts.

    From what I've read they should be M8 x 1.25 thread spacing.

    Does anyone know the actual length since they need to be longer to accommodate the spacers?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:29 AM
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    Im pretty sure i used the same bolts that hold the "splash pan". I did have to make some spacers out of aluminum i had laying around because i didnt reuse the splash pan and needed to get the gap correct on the lower bumper valance.
     
  3. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:35 AM
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    I see. I'm wanting to keep the stock steel pan underneath as well. I'm assuming I will need longer bolts to accommodate the spacers as well as the two skid plates
     
  4. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:39 AM
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    Measure the thickness of the skids + spacer, and add about 3/8" of purchase for the threads. Then go to the hardware store and find the best match.
     
  5. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    That's what i was thinking. Do you know if there's a limit to how far in you can screw the bolt? Cause if not, I assume any length longer than stock would work
     
  6. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    Nope, as I recall there is nothing behind the threads so you could probably even add 1/2". If it's too long.. :sawzall:
     
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  7. Sep 28, 2018 at 7:56 AM
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    Agreed, this is what I'll do. Thanks!

    Perfect thanks! I'll get something longer just in case, especially since there is nothing back there.
     
  8. Sep 28, 2018 at 9:07 AM
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    This guy put in way too long of a bolt and broke the captive nut loose.



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  9. Sep 28, 2018 at 9:28 AM
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    Wow that's long
     
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    That’s what she said...... Home Depot does have bolts that work as I had to pick up a couple, can’t remeber the size though.
     
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    make sure you get stainless and a nut in case you break the weld putting it on...Put some anti'seize on it. Hold the nut with a box wrench and drive it on with an impact on verrrry gentle :) I had to swap out 3 of mine when I took it off for something. I believe the bolts are about 1.5 inch...and the stock ones are tapered at the lead end...with a grit groove in them.....That's my technical description of them
     
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  12. Sep 28, 2018 at 5:06 PM
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    My dealer broke off one of the captive nuts on mine when they did the rust proofing TSB service. I only found out when I put the splash guard back on (original one had rusted out and they decided not to replace it so I had to buy another).

    The size specified above is correct. I think I used 60mm or 70mm lengths.

    Look at the assembly instructions for the Bullet Proof Fabrication skid plate. They follow the OEM directions.

    Just as an FYI, one spacer is shorter than another. This is necessary to make the plate evenly gapped against the bumper.
     
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  13. Sep 28, 2018 at 5:17 PM
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  14. Sep 29, 2018 at 6:23 PM
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    Thanks for the heads up. I actually had a lot of trouble taking off the stock skid plate today. I sprayed them all with anti seize and two of them came out. I noticed the other front had a broken captive nut so it was bolted from underneath. The third bolt was stripped.

    Now that all 4 are out, ill replace them with stainless. So you think 2 bolts are 60mm and 2 bolts are 70mm?

    Which side is the longer spacer? My skid plate only came with one of the spacers
     

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