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stock NON-TRD skid plate oil access ideas

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by silverflash, May 17, 2019 at 12:19 PM.

  1. May 17, 2019 at 12:19 PM
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    silverflash

    silverflash [OP] Well-Known Member

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    so i have an offroad trd 4x4 2019. the oem skid is expensive. the only thing i like about it- as i don't wheel too hard and the stock plate should be fine- is the oil access plate. Any one think about hacking on the oem non-trd skid to make an access panel?
     
  2. May 17, 2019 at 3:12 PM
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    Dont mess with it, its one of the cheapest things on these trucks. Its sad really.
     
  3. May 17, 2019 at 10:58 PM
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    Use hole saw.
    Make cover with scrap in garage.
    Doesn’t rattle and stays closed even when using just the one hinge bolt.

    Stock pebble deflector plates can be purchased on Craigslist for cheap.
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  4. May 17, 2019 at 11:00 PM
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    JasonLee

    JasonLee Hello? I'm a truck.

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    My 1st gen has an "access hole" but the oil still shoots out everywhere during a change ... so you know what I do? Remove the 5 bolts and set it aside when I change the oil and don't worry about it. Why bother cutting holes, making it weaker, giving more unpainted surfaces to rust?
     
  5. May 17, 2019 at 11:18 PM
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    I had a 1st Gen too.
    I agree. I just removed the whole skid plate for oil changes.

    Spray paint on the rim. No rust here after 19 months with the 3rd gen.
    Scrap metal is galvanized and aluminum.
    The plate is thin tin and cheap to replace. I see them constantly on Craigslist.

    One plate bolt on my 3G was cross threaded from the factory.

    It’s not made to take a major hit from rock crawling. If it gets hit with 4500 pounds of truck above it, it’s going to be severely damaged whether it has a hole in it or not.
    Been driving for over 40 years with only light off road driving and never hit any engine parts on a pickup yet, and I’ve owned many.

    If you rock crawl or drive over large stumps or logs, some proper aftermarket skid plates are in order.
    Skid plates can also protect the underside from freeway debris. Gas tank punctures do happen.

    On the 3rd gen oil filter canister, you first push in a plastic drain plug to which you can attach a clear plastic tube for draining some oil from the canister prior to removing the filter.

    Makes it a bit less messy, and you can place a large rag on top of the deflector plate to keep it neat.
     
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  6. May 18, 2019 at 1:10 AM
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    Aldo98229

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    Jeep purposely leaves holes on the skid plates to allow small gravel rocks, dirt and snow to escape and avoid unwanted rattles and squeaks.
     
  7. May 18, 2019 at 4:52 AM
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    To bad Toyota didn't think of this.
     
  8. May 18, 2019 at 6:47 AM
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    They did, but only on the Pro Skid Plate
     

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