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TRD Pro skid plate install notes

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Tehcoma, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Jan 12, 2019 at 5:20 PM
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    Tehcoma

    Tehcoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey all, first post here. I couldn't easily find this information when I searched the forums so I thought I would post some reference info. Install was easy and straight forward. You remove the factory skid plates by removing 8 12mm bolts. Remove 4, 17mm bolts securing the subframe, which are replaced with teh factory hardware mentioned below.

    I bought a TRD PRO skid plate locally for a great price (yay, CL!) but it didnt come with the correct hardware. Thankfully one of the dealers in the valley had the factory bolt kit in stock.

    For future reference: Part#PTR60-35160-HW
    This kit includes everything needed to install the TRD PRO skid plate.
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    Pieces included:
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    Torqued everything to spec (33ft/lbs for 17mm bolts., 21ft/lbs for 12mm bolts).

    The difference between the factory OR skid plat and the PRO is huge. The factory is very thin sheet metal. The PRO skid plate is maybe 1/8" solid aluminum and is a vast improvement.
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2019 at 9:01 PM
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    beergeek

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    The Pro skid is 1/4” aluminum.

    Here is it compared to the thin steel one:

    264127DB-FE73-4F2C-A162-E0B7165B8A9E.jpg
     
  3. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:03 PM
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    Johnny77

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    Just bought one myself with the TRD sale. How'd you manage to hold up the skid plate when installing the new one?
     
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  4. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:10 PM
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    eon_blue

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  5. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:13 PM
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    Just support the skid with your chest or legs until you get one bolt started. It goes easily after that.
     
  6. Apr 4, 2019 at 4:23 PM
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    I might have a buddy with a floor jack I can borrow. Otherwise, it's the chest and legs method. Thanks for the help
     
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  7. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    Here and there....
    I used my leg.

     
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  8. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:03 PM
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    Good picture comparison. Makes me glad I bought one today. Now if the dealership will just deliver it, I’ll be set
     
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  9. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:32 PM
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    I used the chest and legs technique as well. I agree, after one bolt it's smooth sailing.
     
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  10. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:33 PM
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    I used my floor jack at first and then ended up using my legs. Once you get the first bolt threaded it is easy
     
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  11. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:48 PM
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    MikeyMcFly

    MikeyMcFly This is heavy, Doc.

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    The box it came in was handy for me to hold it up higher in the air than on the ground.

    As an FYI, I've read more than one account of the rear bolts having issues with the recommended torque values. People broke off the welded nut inside the frame. I think I torqued my rear bolts to 17-18 ft-lbs to be safe.

    I need to drop my plate to replace the red letters with a set of Tuffskinz silver this spring and I'm chasing a rattle somewhere under the truck, but I plan on likely using the floor jack method to get it back into place.
     
  12. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:55 PM
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    You mean the skid doesn't come with the hardware??
     
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  13. Apr 4, 2019 at 7:58 PM
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  14. Apr 4, 2019 at 8:02 PM
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    Held using my strong arm while the weak arm wrenches.
     
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    Normally, it does. This is how I received mine:
    679D405F-EBAC-452B-BDF7-947CC5EA747B.jpg
     
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  16. Apr 4, 2019 at 8:16 PM
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    No red letter inlay?
     
  17. Apr 4, 2019 at 8:19 PM
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    Will the TRD pro skid plate work with 1" differential drop?
     
  18. Apr 4, 2019 at 8:20 PM
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    Burqueboy505

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    Think the red lettering comes with the 19's. Different part #
     
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  19. Apr 4, 2019 at 9:24 PM
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    Tehcoma

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    I think it’s usually does. I bought mine 2nd hand and the seller didn’t include hardware.
     
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  20. Apr 4, 2019 at 9:26 PM
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    I don’t think so. The clearance from the Pro skid plate to diff housing bottom is next to nothing, at least on my truck.
     

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