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RCI Skid Plates

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by YotaMan, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. Jul 27, 2015 at 7:11 PM
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    YotaMan

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    Does anyone have any experience with RCI Metalworks Skid Plates? If not-suggestions on what's best? I'm looking to install the front, transmission and transfer case skids. Thanks
     
  2. Jul 27, 2015 at 9:04 PM
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    There may be skid plates as good as RCI Metalworks, but I don't think there are any better, fit & finish perfect. Great people to do business With. jmop
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  3. Jul 27, 2015 at 10:02 PM
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    Thanks for the info! Looks like you got the aluminum one? How sturdy/tough do you feel it would be against a rock etc..
    Also did you purchase the little valve that installs into the oil pan to avoid a spill when changing the oil ?
     
  4. Jul 27, 2015 at 10:20 PM
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    Aluminum? Yes, This is 1/4" Aluminum, I am not what anyone would consider an "off roader" but I do travel some remote roads, I am very confident it will take about as much punishment one could throw at it, (a quality piece). No I haven't purchased the "Fumoto"Valve, but I plan to, I have been just a little skeptical of them, but after doing a lot of reading & with the protection of the skid plate I am going to install one, even though the skid plate drops very easily, I think the valve will make it very simple, jmop
     
  5. Jul 27, 2015 at 10:24 PM
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    Thanks for the info! I was skeptical of both the aluminum and the valve but like you I won't hardcore off road my truck as I want it to last but I will use the truck when the need arises!
     
  6. Jul 27, 2015 at 11:27 PM
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    Haven't used any of their products, but am friends with one of their fabricators. I can say their products wont fail due to lack of quality in production.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2015 at 11:49 PM
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    I have the front and tranny skids on. Great, sturdy product. Just did an oil change with the skid on, no problems, no mess.
     
  8. Jul 28, 2015 at 2:26 PM
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    Did you purchase the steel or aluminum?
     
  9. Jul 28, 2015 at 2:47 PM
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    Steel. 3/16" I believe.
     
  10. Jul 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM
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    Another +1 for RCI. I have their sliders and they are incredibly well built. They are bolt-on and all the holes, hardware and angles fit perfectly.
     
  11. Jul 28, 2015 at 7:47 PM
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    Awesome info guys! I'm looking to install their full skid system and sliders ( when my bank account recovers , lol
    Do the sliders have any flex to them? Or are they solid enough that you comfortable resting the weight of the truck on them without any damage?
     
  12. Jul 28, 2015 at 7:49 PM
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    I want the aluminum but I'm worried that they may not be as durable as the steel??
     
  13. Jul 28, 2015 at 7:54 PM
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    I have the steel ones. Without drilling holes in the frame, RCI says the sliders work well as moderate protection and steps. With a couple holes drilled, they can be used as hi-lift jack points. They have pics showing it, and I believe it. I'd trust it as a jack point as is, without the extra holes drilled. If you want to go a step further, you can have the sliders stitch-welded to the frame, which makes it easy to remove them and seriously lessens any potential damage to the frame.

    Not sure if you could stitch weld aluminum to steel though...
     
  14. Jul 28, 2015 at 7:59 PM
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    Good deal! I'm leaning towards the steel skids all the way back- are the lower control arm skids needed? I'm not off roading very much mainly mud- but some trails with rocks few and far between. Since I think they're only around $100 or so dollars I may just go ahead and pick them up.
     
  15. Jul 28, 2015 at 8:07 PM
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    All depends on what you do. Sure, the more protection the better provided weight and expense aren't an issue. If you're looking at ordering a lot of stuff, give them a call. I live nearby and bought the sliders in person, they're great guys and easy to work with.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2015 at 11:30 PM
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    That's good to hear! Lots o
    i will give them a call, since so many of you have recommended them highly! Anyone have the contact info? Thanks again guys! You have been a huge help in trying to figure out what works best for taco!
     
  17. Jul 29, 2015 at 8:04 AM
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    Kings-Dakars-Dirty Fives RCI Skids Demello front bumper BAMF Sliders HC Rear bumper Snug top 4.56 Nitros Engo 9000# Winch w/ syn rope ARB comp & rear locker Home built roof racks Expo trailer w/ RTT
    I have the IFS, tranny & Tcase skids in 1/4" aluminum and would go that route again if I was to rebuild my taco. I was concerned with strength as well. I have beat on them pretty good in the rocks and they have held up fine. I have lots of gouges and a couple of dents that are an inch deep. Besides reduced weight, it is nice not to worry about rust and repainting.
     
  20. Jul 29, 2015 at 9:51 AM
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    I forgot the add that there is a cut out that allows access to the oil drain plug. You can drop the IFS skid and leave the other two on to service the front diff & Tcase
     

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