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Skid plate recommendation

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 98 Taco Truck, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    98 Taco Truck

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    Hello All,

    I would like to replace the skid plates on my truck which would be the front, tranny, transfer, and gas tank skid plates. I have looked around and seems to be enough placed to get them from. Can anyone recommend a place to get them from. I would like to get the best quality and fit. I have a 98 taco 4x4 TRD ex cab toytec 3"lift with diff drop .

    Thanks :D
     
  2. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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    MJonaGS32

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  3. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    ato doesnt do first gens...

    skid row make a great product...cheaper than bud built too
     
  4. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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    Mr Salty

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    Try Allpro, I was just checking out their bumpers (dreaming becuase I got no money) and they offer some pretty beefy skids.
     
  5. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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    Yoytoda

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    they are ok but def not the best protection out there
     
  6. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM
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    I have an All-Pro IFS skid, thing weighed like 50 pounds, pretty beefy IMO. I do some mild offroading whenever I get a chance, usually some light trails, hill climbs, sometimes I push my truck pretty hard (when I got a buddy with me) and it's held up fine.

    It depends on what you plan on doing, plenty of people talk bad on all-pro gear, but for what I do, it's more than I really need.
     
  7. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM
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    bunch of crap
    i just told a buddy with an allpoo ifs skid he needs a new one cuz it was so bent it wouldnt fit anymore..... for first gens i plan and do believe in Bud Built
     
  8. Nov 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM
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    TacoMX

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    I've never had a problem with my stock skids (no rocks in my area), but If I ever go with an aftermarket skid, I will probably go budbuild.
     
  9. Nov 21, 2011 at 1:46 PM
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    for a first gen skid row makes great skids...
     
  10. Nov 21, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    Enigmaaron

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    X2 Skid Row skids are great, I've smashed mine pretty hard and they held up.

    Here's a tip, try ordering them through Quadratec. They sell Jeep stuff but Skid Row is one of their vendors so they can order them for cheaper than the Skid Row site. They gave me a good price.

    Also, the All-Pro front skid for 1st gens requires their front bumper, it does not work with the stock bumper (I don't know what All-Pro was smoking when they made shit for 1st gens, their leaf packs for 1st gens require moving hangers :facepalm:).

    I see you have a diff drop, Skid Row will not work with those, but it doesn't really do much anyway and some argue can be bad. I believe the Budbuilt skids do work with a diff drop. I took mine out when I got the skids.

    So basically on a 1st gen your options are Budbuilt or Skid Row (unless you have an All-Pro front bumper). I chose Skid Row because they are cheaper, appear to have a stronger front skid design (ties into the factory mounts right in front of the diff mounts), and it's 3 independent pieces so you can get only the pieces you want plus not have a massive belly pan to deal with like Budbuilts.

    And as far as I know no one makes a gas tank skid for 1st gens.
     
  11. Nov 21, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    I have bud built skids. They are alright. In whichever route you go, if you plan on hitting the rocks, beef the skid up as soon as you get it. I really need to do this but now it will be difficult because it is all bent up and not straight anymore. It would have been easy to do while it was still straight and lined up perfectly from budbuilt. I dread taking off my skidplate because its a bitch to get back on. Whichever skid you do get, i would recomend beefing it up before you hit the rocks.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2011 at 2:04 PM
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    Oh, and if you dont want to beef them up, then dont bother will the bud built belly pan unless you feel like taking it off a ton to beat it back out because that thing bends extremely easy and starts contacting your t-case.
     
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    Budbuilt. But as said before if you plan to wheel beef up the tcase skid the ifs should be good to go
     
  14. Nov 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM
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    I would just do them both at the same time. For me the ifs skid is the one that is extremely difficult to get back on because its so bent. But, if you dont plan on playing in the rocks then you should be fine.
     
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    Interesting about the SkidRow not working with a diff drop. I had not heard this. Does it say this on their site? Can anyone confirm this for sure?
     
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    Didn't see it anywhere in my research but decided to go with Skid Row anyway and see. Didn't fit so I took off the diff drop. It was close and if I remember you could possibly bolt it up but the skid would be against the diff mounts which is no good.
     
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    check out the MetalMiller skid hes a member on here
     
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    Thanks for all of the fast replies. I talked to the folks at Skid Row and they said their customers with diff drops use spacers as you do with the factory skids. They said it would not be a problem to do this. The Budbuilt states the skid plates for the lifted trucks are built for 4" - 6" of lift.
     
  19. Nov 21, 2011 at 4:36 PM
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    What? Do you have a DB lift?
     
  20. Nov 21, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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    No he has a 3" he was looking at the one for a DB lift.
     
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