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skid plate removal

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by malander, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Sep 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM
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    malander

    malander [OP] That's some tight butthole

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    just tried to paint my skid but cant get it out. all the bolts are out but there must be something im missing, its in there pretty good. any help would be appreciated
     
  2. Sep 18, 2010 at 5:02 PM
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    is it a factory skid or ????
    it might be just pinched in place
    if you looked it over and all the bolts are out pry it off or get a bigger hammer
     
  3. Sep 18, 2010 at 5:04 PM
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    stocker ill try it but its solid in there there are 5 bolts correct?
     
  4. Sep 18, 2010 at 5:06 PM
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    idk on the 1st gen??
    mine had 6 but im 2nd gen.
     
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    yes, there should be 2 under transmission and 3 under the radiator, but double check and see if you have 6. the skid is 2 pieces and they clip together. if its wedged in there good it can be a nightmare to pull out. Give it a good yank and bang on it with a rubber mallet.....you cant hurt it by hittin it....it will eventally come out
     
  6. Sep 18, 2010 at 6:15 PM
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    ahh may have been wedged into the second plate i actually have a missing bolt lol so only 4 but ill take a hammer to it tomorrow
    thanks for the advice
     
  7. Sep 18, 2010 at 6:24 PM
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    yes the engine skid and tranny skid wedge into eachother.....so that may be it. oh and dont feel bad im missin one to so it very well may be six but i believe its five
     
  8. Sep 18, 2010 at 6:33 PM
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    Five bolts on mine. Three in the front (middle one is longer than the other two) and two in the back. I just took mine off earlier this week to change the oil. Should come right off.
     
  9. Sep 18, 2010 at 8:01 PM
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    isnt there a hole to change your oil?
     
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    yeah but the filter drips oil all down on it and makes a mess.
     
  11. Sep 18, 2010 at 8:26 PM
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    if the trucks cool i just put a plastic bag on my hand to untwist the filter straight into the bag works pretty good as long as you get the lip of the bag over the filter
     
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    I count 7.

    Three by the radiator, two about even with the hole for the oil drain
    (requires an extension to get to) and two back by the transmission, that adds up to 7.
     
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    x2, but remember, this is for both the front and rear skids.
     
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    Yes and it's way easier to drop both than just the front one and try to re-assemble them.

    I usually keep the two attached and drop both together.
     
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    good idea may work on it tomorrow
     
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    There is also a hook on the front that will keep the front skid from falling off completely after the 3 front bolts are removed. You have to kinda lift it off the front crossmember and slide it back a liitle bit to get it off.
     
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    5 bolts. Take them off and it will fall a little bit. It will still be held on in the front. Pull on it a little bit and all of it will come off. Piece of cake.
     
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    7 bolts........i swear i only had 5....damn it now i gotta go check
     
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    Sounds like you may be overlooking the two that you have to get to with an extension.

    I rarely have an issue but if it doesn't want to slide of the rear section, it helps if you just loosen the two bolts for the rear section. No need to remove the rear section entirely if you don't need too.

    Also when you put it back on, be sure the thread all the bolts in by hand before tightening them down.
     
  20. Sep 20, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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    i never had to use a extention to get my skids off.....i just took all the skids off and painted them...gettin ready to take them down and do it again......stupid rust
     
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