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Stock skid plate removal

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Chad, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Dec 14, 2009 at 4:57 AM
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    Chad

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    I'm looking at buying the skid plate that comes on TRD Off-Roads, and I'm wondering how easy it is to take off the stock one. Also, how difficult is the install of the new one. Doesn't it just hook on to where the stock one hooked on at? Here's a picture for reference:

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Dec 14, 2009 at 5:00 AM
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    You don't take the stock engine guard off. The one you have shown bolts on over it. The two front bolts are replaced with longer ones in the kit. Took maybe 10 minutes to put mine on by myself.
     
  3. Dec 14, 2009 at 5:03 AM
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    Well I'm looking at buying the new one, painting it black, and then painting "TRD" on the plate.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2009 at 5:07 AM
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    and the install will be the same regardless

    remove front bolts...replace with new longer bolts with new skid mounted

    it doesnt interfere with the current stock skids you have
     
  5. Dec 14, 2009 at 5:08 AM
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    I have a silver truck so I left mine the original color. You hardly notice it under there.
     
  6. Dec 14, 2009 at 5:11 AM
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    It looks good on a silver, but since my whole front is black except for the Toyota logo, it would be over-powering in my opinion.
     
  7. Dec 14, 2009 at 5:13 AM
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    I want it to look sort of like this: [​IMG]
     
  8. Dec 14, 2009 at 7:12 AM
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    Personally, I wouldnt waste the money on it. If you do any offroading, that thing crumbles easily due the Al construction.

    As for the install, its fairly easy; hardly any thinking involved:)
     
  9. Dec 14, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    Yeah...Simple as hell to install...and useless as a skid. It'll look pretty sharp with that TRD stencil on there.
     
  10. Dec 14, 2009 at 7:21 AM
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    just loosen the rear two bolts and remove the front two. slip in the rear then the new bolts for the front two..
     
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    NOW WE ARE TALKING!!!:cool:
     
  12. Dec 14, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    Lol, well I don't plan on doing any off-roading, I just think the black with TRD logo on it looks pretty cool.
     
  14. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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    You mean like this too!!
     
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    Heck yeah man! What kind of paint did you use to paint it black? and did you use any types of stencils or anything for the logo?
     
  16. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:44 PM
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    +1

    Spend a few bucks more and get something made from steel. All-Pro / Bud Build, other....

    Install is just as easy, remove a couple bolts, replace, tighten a couple bolts.
     
  17. Dec 14, 2009 at 12:53 PM
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    Well I just want something simple like the OEM one, not a bull bar or a whole new bumper that both include a skid plate.
     
  18. Dec 14, 2009 at 3:47 PM
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    They are as simple as the OEM one but built stronger, they are not a bull bar or whole new bumber, just a skid plate made of 7 guage steel I think. The first time you hit the OEM one its gonna dent and crush and could potentially mess up your 4 wheel drive. I've read about it on here before.

    I figure if you are going to replace it do it right. That is just my opinion.

    If you never go off road or anything the OEM will be just fine and not to worry.
     
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