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TRD Pro skid plate install notes

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

  1. Apr 15, 2019 at 3:01 PM
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    rubiconjp

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    Read somewhere that the subframe should not be removed.. confused :help:
     
  2. Apr 15, 2019 at 3:05 PM
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    some people run it without the subframe brackets, others leave it in. Reason for leaving it off? I don't know. Reason for leaving it on? A bit more bracing aft and stern. I left mine on.
     
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  3. Apr 15, 2019 at 3:10 PM
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    By leaving it on, you're not lowering the skid's ground clearance? Gonna install mine this weekend. Thanks!
     
  4. Apr 15, 2019 at 3:17 PM
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    The TRD skid has spacers so the ground clearance is the same except for an additional MAYBE .07" from the bracket metal thickness. Very negligible in thickness and loss of ground clearance.
     
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  5. Apr 15, 2019 at 4:32 PM
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    Will it fit my ‘08?, and if not will I be able to find one after market, and where? Thanks
     
  6. Apr 15, 2019 at 4:33 PM
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    No
     
  7. Apr 15, 2019 at 8:58 PM
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    You don’t remove the subframe. You remove the factory bolts and replace them with the bolts and sleeves included with the TRD Pro skid plate.
     
  8. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:53 PM
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    Got to search. Ebay has one for your gen for $200. Act quick
     
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  9. Apr 16, 2019 at 8:02 PM
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    Thanks will do!
     
  10. Apr 17, 2019 at 3:04 PM
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    Im really digging this. Im look into powder coating my skid plate as well. Probably do a matte black and leave the red inlays
     
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  11. Apr 17, 2019 at 3:06 PM
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    Do not buy the 2nd gen TRD pro skid plate. Its thin useless aluminum only for aesthetics and there's nothing special about the 200 dollar price as that's what they always go for.
     
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  12. Apr 17, 2019 at 3:14 PM
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    Actually with the help of a 2nd person.
     
  13. Apr 17, 2019 at 5:41 PM
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    Yup! Ended up getting a buddy to help me out. It was super easy took about 20mins.
     
  14. Apr 17, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    Just curious. Will these work for a ‘19 TRD Sport?
     
  15. Apr 17, 2019 at 7:40 PM
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    Yes, but you’ll have to remove the air dam.
    (But you don’t want to keep it, anyway.)
     
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  16. Apr 21, 2019 at 4:31 PM
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    Anyone know the actual thread sizes of these bolts?

    Never mind...found the info I needed.

    17mm hex socket front bolts. Threads: M12 x 1.25 x 67mm
    17mm hex socket middle bolts. Threads: M12 x 1.25 x 90mm
    12mm hex socket rear bolts. Threads: M8 x 1.25 x 35mm
     
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  17. Apr 27, 2019 at 2:57 PM
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    just wrapped-up the install.

    I almost took off the spacers and retainers off until I realized they were necessary parts. If you’re skid plate comes with the spacers and bolts pre-installed, don’t take them off. I actually took the two retainers off the 12mm bolts and one off the 17mm bolts. This was because the picture in the online instructions didn’t have the bolts pre-installed as skid was being attach to the frame. I was able to put everything back together.


    I torqued the 17mm 25ftlbs. Are you guys sure it shouldn’t be 33ftlbs? How many people had their weld nuts break at 33lbs?
     
  18. Apr 27, 2019 at 3:53 PM
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    Was going to do it myself but wanted it on asap (you know how that goes) so I had a local off-road shop do it for $20. Easy peasy with the truck up on a lift. Took all of 15 minutes. Subsequently I traded the truck in on a 2019 and the dealer swapped it out for me.
     
  19. Apr 27, 2019 at 9:06 PM
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    I am pretty sure the instruction card said 33 Ft Lbs.
     
  20. Apr 28, 2019 at 9:07 AM
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    I know but so many people have broken their weld nuts using 33 lbs apparently.
     
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