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skid plate for the transfer case

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by greenmonstah, Oct 8, 2011.

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front skid plate or full skid plate? What do you prefer ?

Poll closed Nov 7, 2011.
  1. Front only

    4 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. Full front to rear belly plate

    12 vote(s)
    75.0%
  3. To much weight !

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    0.0%
  1. greenmonstah

    greenmonstah [OP] The greenmonstah

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    I took a look around and could not find the my answer, anyone know where I can find a good transfer case skid plate? any input about them helps too!
     
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    greenmonstah [OP] The greenmonstah

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    thanks ! I gotta look harder next time !
     
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    why???
     
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    You might mislead him into thinking All-Pro skids hold up...
     
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    If you really need a transfer case skid plate then shouldn't you reroute the exhaust crossover anyways? That's just a no-brainer to me.
     
  11. greenmonstah

    greenmonstah [OP] The greenmonstah

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    thanks for the info. Ill check them out. I plan on doing something with the exhaust at some point.
     
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    No it won't. My ATO front and rear bumpers weigh 120 each, the full set of skids is about 150, and the sliders are about 100.

    Total is about 490, or three average size passengers.

    These trucks have load capacity around 1200 lbs. Subtract armor weight and I'm down to about 700. But then the stock hitch (90#) came off for the rear bumper! So that weight trades out, and we're at about 400# of lost payload. Upgrade your suspension, and you're sacrificing even less.

    So yes, you use up some of the GVWR, and you WILL sacrifice some mileage, but it's not like the whole truck sags and the tires are about to pop.

    Remember people, trucks are built to carry loads. It's what they're for.
     
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    how hard would it be to take off the belly plates, If its not a big project each time it would be worth taking the time to put on and take off each time.
     
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    6 or so bolts depending on mfr. A transmission jack or assistant will speed things up a lot.
     
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    Did you weigh the ATO skids before installation? The front skid being 1/4" probably weighs closer to 100 lb.

    V6 DCSB Curb Weight 4155
    Fuel (6.073 lb/gal x 21 gal) 128
    Front Bumper 120
    Rear Bumper 120
    Rear OEM hitch delete -90
    IFS Skid 100
    Transfer case skid 60
    Transmission / cat skid 60
    Gas tank skid 80
    Sliders 100
    AT or MT Tires (+15 lb x 4) 60
    Total 4833

    4833 lb is about the weight of a Tundra Long Bed. You are lugging that around without the benefit of the Tundra's 270 hp engine. The added weight won't damage the truck, but it will hurt its performance (accel, braking, cornering) if you use the truck as a daily driver. Applying the same armor to the OP's 3665-lb regular cab 4x4 results in a 19% weight gain, a lot for the 4-cyl to cope with.
     
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    mines a first gen, no skids, just bumpers and sliders and weighs about 5300 with just me in it ans i manouver just fine
     
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    The ATO IFS skid is 70lbs. even.


    I've corrected your math above with the actual known weight of each skidplate. To be fair, I did forget the gas tank skid. The sliders I never bothered weighing because of what I bolded above. Same with the bumpers.

    Additionally, this is all riding on Icon/Emu suspension with increased spring rates, allowing for acceptable handling.

    Well yes. That's the compromise. Do you want to wheel your truck or DD it? Making it more capable at one end of that spectrum makes it less capable at the other. Choose. People who don't take this stuff into account shouldn't be modding their vehicles anyway. I suppose if you're willing to unbolt your skid protection between trips, that helps? Additionally, DDing a truck if you don't use a truck daily for work is just silly.

    Frankly, if you're worried about gas mileage, you don't need to be wheeling. You're going to break plenty of stuff more expensive than the extra gas from armor weight.
     
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    If weight id a concern there is the option of fiberglass panels, hood and no tailgate..
     
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    You won't have to worry about rerouting your exhaust, there is no low hanging crossover on the 4 cylinder. I have had the Budbuilt skids on my truck and sold them to switch to ATO they should show up in the next few weeks. Your username cracked me up...I have family in Maine so it made me think of the accent.
     
  20. greenmonstah

    greenmonstah [OP] The greenmonstah

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    haha yeah the "ah" is something that a lot of poeple dont get until they hear it in person.

    Good, I'm going to upgrade my exhuast soon, maybe in the spring but i'm doing the skid plate now before wintah.
     
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