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TRD Skid where to buy

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by horntac1, May 18, 2019.

  1. May 19, 2019 at 7:55 AM
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    horntac1

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    My plan is to take mine off road as well which is why I am looking to upgrade the stock off road skid plate. Function is my primary concern. Do you have an opinion or experience with the functionality of the TRD skid plate?
     
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  2. May 19, 2019 at 8:02 AM
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    No. But I have been off-roading Jeeps for 10 years: skid plates primary job is to protect vulnerable parts of the vehicle and, in doing their job they will get dented and scratched.

    My TRD Off-Road came with black skid black plates. My plan is to wheel the truck and see how the factory skids hold up. My expectation is that Toyota did its homework and picked skids that will do their job, particularly given the moderate off-road capability of the truck.

    You can drive yourself nuts trying to keep the undercarriage of an off-road vehicle looking pretty. You can also add thickness to skid plates, but most of the time you are just adding tons of weight.

    As long as there’s no major damage and no rust, the factory armor protection is doing what it is supposed to be doing. The rest is just a matter of going out there and having a good time.

    PS - if a pretty piece of equipment is holding you back from enjoying your rig on the trail, then it is not worth it IMO.
     
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  3. May 19, 2019 at 8:06 AM
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    Not sure about the 2nd Gen plate but the 3rd is about 1/4" thick aluminum and is quite heavy.
     
  4. May 19, 2019 at 8:06 AM
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  5. May 19, 2019 at 8:07 AM
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    Man you really like to give advice without knowing what you’re talking about. The stock Off-road skids are thin and will crush. The TRD skid is 1/4” thick and proven to be durable.

    Enjoy that black tinfoil under your truck while the OP enjoys his “brightly painted” real skid plate.
     
  6. May 19, 2019 at 8:08 AM
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    OK excellent. That is good to know. I don’t do any off-road Ing per se. But I do like extra protection when I do take it into the Woods on some roads that I can go fishing in. And also I like the extra protection for protecting my truck against road debris. Thank you
     
  7. May 19, 2019 at 8:09 AM
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    If you are planning on going off road other than fire roads . Get a real skid plate . The stick one is very thin and the first rock it hits will be gone. Plenty of choices for After market skid plates. @Mobtown Offroad @SOS CONCEPTS are Great options
     
  8. May 19, 2019 at 8:42 AM
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    Thanks for the options. I have ran across the mobtown skids in my research and they receive very good marks.
     
  9. May 19, 2019 at 8:47 AM
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    Depends on what you’re doing off-road. I had the trd pro skid and swapped it for bamf armor.

    While the trd skid held up to more abuse than the stock OR probably would, I pretty much destroyed mine doing what I’d consider average off road use.
     
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  10. May 19, 2019 at 8:49 AM
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    It's too easy to convince each other sitting at the computer that we need to add $10,000 in skid plates, lifts, tires and snorkels to go off-road. In fact, we need to keep reminding ourselves that everything we do to make our trucks “more off-road worthy” comes at a cost: poorer fuel economy, compromised handling and deteriorated ride. Also, the more money we spend on the truck, the less willing we become to truly off-road in fear of breaking anything, which ultimately is the opposite of what we had set out to achieve.

    I know I’m spitting into the wind, but the only advise I have is this: before you spend a dime, take your stock truck off-roading; get a feel for its capabilities; learn to use its off-road features; get used to the type of terrain in your area; most importantly, hone your own skills.

    After awhile you will be in a better position to judge for yourself whether you need to spend any money, and where —usually tires.
     
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  11. May 19, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    The picture might be inaccurate. I think one is for the 4Runner. They will ship the longer one with the red lettering. That’s what I got.
     
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  12. May 19, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    Point well taken - for most people there is no reason to upgrade the stock OR skid.

    ...and if you’re going to upgrade, the aftermarket offers more substantial skids for less money than the Pro.

    My experience is this: the pro skid took a couple of middle of the road hits that busted it up good. The bamf skid is scarred and scraped, but has taken the same abuse more times and is still very serviceable.

    In the course of one of our hunting routes, there is a point where the trail dips into an arroyo and then later comes out. Depending on the weather and the trail conditions, the climb out is no big deal, but it involves some mild scraping and rubbing as you crest the lip of the creek and level out.

    The stock skid made one trip and ended up both torn and dented. The pro skid became unusable after two trips. The bamf? Probably 10 exits later and it’s still intact. It looks like ass, but it’s still sound.
     
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  13. May 19, 2019 at 9:43 AM
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    Good to know if/when I bust my factory skids. :thumbsup:
     
  14. May 19, 2019 at 10:40 AM
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    Keep an eye on Ebay, they randomly do 20% off coupons - that's how I got my TRD PRO skid.
     
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  15. May 19, 2019 at 12:13 PM
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    Great thanks for the clarification
     
  16. May 19, 2019 at 5:54 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the opinions, recommendations and words of advice, its much appreciated.
     
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  17. May 19, 2019 at 7:48 PM
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    When on the BAM Wholesale Parts website, and after entering my vehicle information (2017 OR), it displayed this option for 2018-2019. I’m assuming it will fit a 2017?596AFA1F-8C35-4098-B653-76A9CD89045E.jpg
     

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