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Total Chaos LCA Skid-plate: how-to install

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by ktmrider, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Oct 22, 2010 at 11:25 PM
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    ktmrider

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    Got these along with my mid travel today, and this is the easiest install ever. I bought these for a little extra protection, plus they give that boxed look a little bit and IMO looks better. Im not sure why these arnt so popular on the forum, Ive only seen one other person with them so I wanted to try them out.

    review the instructions and make sure you ha've all your parts

    Materials:
    Total Chaos Skid plates
    Drill with a 3/8ths bit
    14mm wrench

    Note- all nuts provided are ny-locks so tons of torque isnt necessary but these are beefy bolts so its not like you are going to strip anything. I tightened as tight as I could with an 6 inch wrench

    1. Remove your front tires. I would recommend removing the shock its easier, but i did it the first time with it on so it is possible.

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    2. Locate the 3 holes that will be used to attach the skid plate

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    3. Find the one closest to the lower ball joint, the furthest away from the engine and enlarge the small hole to 3/8ths using the drill bit

    Before:
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    After:
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    4. Examine the 3 different sized bolts. The smallest goes nearest to the ball joint, the medium goes toward the front of the cab and the long one goes to the rear of the cab. There are also 2 different sized nuts, the smallest goes with the short bolt.

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    5. Start with the hole closest to the rear of the cab, hold the skid plate up and insert the long carriage bolt into the skid plate and through the lower control arm. Use a washer provided and one of the large nuts to secure it in place.

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    6. Next go to the hole that you have drilled out. Install the short bolt the same way as the first one, but if you are 4x4 make sure you are careful around your cv boots.

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    7. Install the remaining bolt toward the front of the cab. Use the medium bolt along with a washer and nut and firmly tighten.

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    Now you are done, good work. High five.
     
  2. Oct 23, 2010 at 12:22 AM
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    Wait!!! There was no beer with that install, did you skip like 6 steps?
     
  3. Oct 23, 2010 at 12:24 AM
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    I actually put that and then changed it cause im only allowed cool-aid
     
  4. Oct 23, 2010 at 12:39 AM
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    Ah, "cool-aid", with octane booster, wink wink.
     
  5. Oct 23, 2010 at 12:45 AM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    kool aid? you mean jungle juice :anonymous: im going back up to Santa Clara for Halloween, i need to take u to a college party and celebrate our trucks :D
     
  6. Oct 23, 2010 at 1:14 AM
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    Damn wish I had this today..."Rock meet LCA"

    Good job was wondering how they bolted up
     
  7. Oct 23, 2010 at 1:32 AM
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    I got them. Very easy to install, I just had to grind the back edge a bit cause my tire was rubbing them.
     
  8. Oct 24, 2010 at 6:31 PM
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    haha, were going down to jawbone next weekend for a truck trip. should be good.

    Yeah they are pretty simple and nice
     
  9. Oct 24, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    JW what constitutes a truck to be considered mid-travel?

    and to maybe answer your question as to why they arent popular: 125 for these is kinda steep

    Nice install regardless!
     
  10. Oct 24, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    Is TC the only company that makes a LCA skid?
     
  11. Oct 24, 2010 at 6:41 PM
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    Well its not really midtravel, but its close. Also its easier to say midtravel then coilovers and UCAS.
     
  12. Oct 24, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    So what is mid travel?
     
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    Oh Im not saying it is or isnt lol im just curious what the answer was, I have no freaking clue lol
     
  14. Oct 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM
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    in between stock travel and long travel. Long travel has extended "long arms" so midtravel has extended travel but still same arms. Im assuming.
     
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