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Relentless fab 2005+ Tacoma skid plate install guide

Discussion in 'Relentless Fabrication' started by RelentlessFab, May 10, 2012.

  1. May 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM
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    whiteboy

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    Yeah I know what you're talking about. I realized when I got there that I can't see shit because of the washers haha. I'm going to unbolt it tomorrow and move it around to see if that helps.
     
  2. May 12, 2012 at 9:30 PM
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    Ok well I'm uploading a picture whenever it pops into my email. Basically my mid skid is pushed flush with my cross member but the tcase looks to hang just a little bit lower.
     
  3. May 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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  4. May 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
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    In the process of building an IFS skid...it's amazing the amount of tweaking I've had to do to ensure proper fitment! About 10hrs in at this point. Props to Relentless for mass producing these skids!
     
  5. May 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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    Will the plates fit with a 1" front diff drop? If not, can mods or spacer blocks make it work?
     
  6. May 24, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    yes it'll fit with the diff drop

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/re...lates-gb-sale-3-15-4-15-a-42.html#post5107220
     
  7. Jun 22, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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    From personal experience, ratchet wrenches are highly recommended. When you have the mid skid and tcase skid on, it's pretty hard to get to the 4 cross member bolts that hold both those skids on.
     
  8. Jul 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM
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    Do I have to remove those bars in order to instal the IFS skid?

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Jul 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Had tons on the Taco's.... new truck is pretty stock
    yessir! and then reuse 4 of the bolts from it for the forward mounts of the IFS skid.
     
  10. Jul 3, 2012 at 9:44 PM
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    I'll give it a try tommorow.
     
  11. Jul 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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    Did you solved this issue? I have the same problem?
     
  12. Jul 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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    Had tons on the Taco's.... new truck is pretty stock
    Hmm shouldnt be having that issue, thats why it has that existing notch in the side plate.
    You could probably just loosen the front bolts and drop the front of the skid down a 1/8-1/4" and the issue would be gone. Or grind it a tiny bit if you dont want to adjust the skid down at all.
     
  13. Jul 31, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    Some pictures. I don't see no notch. Should I grind like in the picture?

    IMG_4022.jpg
    IMG_4023.jpg
    IMG_4023mod.jpg
     
  14. Jul 31, 2012 at 9:27 PM
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    Had tons on the Taco's.... new truck is pretty stock
    The little step down at the front of the skid is the notch I mentioned. Just grinding a tad like your drawing is probably your best solution George
     
  15. Jul 31, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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    Thank you!
     
  16. Jan 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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    I am glad this post is here. I was about to bolt my IFS Skid on and was wondering if the front "U" channel braces would be removed or WTF, so I searched and found this nice DIY Guide. Thanks guys!

    By the way, I painted mine with Eastwood Extreme Chassis black and primer was their Extrem chassis black primer. Look good (satin black) and has held up well on my sliders. doesn't scrape off even on rocks.

    TW rocks!
     
  17. Jan 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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    That Taco looks familiar.
    Looking forward to installing them & leaving them on soon.
     
  18. Jan 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM
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    Front (IFS) skidplate went on super easy and how the hell can they call the stock thing it replaces a skidplate?

    So should I buy the middle skidplate to protect more of my truck?
     
  19. Jan 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM
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    Bet you are Randy! :)
    LOL, I know right? They're stamped sheetmetal probably no thicker than the trucks fenders.... and we all know how easy those dent!
    If you want to protect more of the bottom of your truck, next skid after the IFS I would add is the Tcase skid. It is the most likely to get hit in a break-over situation, and will also protect the exhaust cross-over from being crushed. The transmission is somewhat less vulnerable.
     
  20. Jan 13, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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    Just get the full set already. You'll end up doing it eventually.
     
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