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What armor 1st?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by 88nitro305, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:18 AM
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    88nitro305

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    what should I get for armor 1st? Skid plate? transfer case? LCA armor? Just wondering what I would benefit from the most. Thanks
     
  2. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:20 AM
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    DrFunker

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    Do you already have sliders?
     
  3. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:28 AM
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    mbmack1

    mbmack1 That F'n guy

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    Sliders are the most used piece of armor on any truck that goes offroad. You will be happy you've got em them first time they slam down on a rock.
     
  4. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:34 AM
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  5. Nov 11, 2017 at 3:49 AM
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    Sliders were my first choice.
     
  6. Nov 11, 2017 at 4:49 AM
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    88nitro305

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    I thought sliders but I don’t really have anywhere that is that aggressive.. I have on side steps that I got last year as a gift so I don’t want to upgrade those yet as I would see it as a slap in the face to the person who gifted it to me..
     
  7. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:04 AM
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    I think transfer case is the most important first skid plate over sliders. Sliders protect cosmetic damage, while transfer case skid protects mechanical damage.
     
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  8. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:05 AM
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    mbmack1

    mbmack1 That F'n guy

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    Once they get bent you can upgrade;)
    Just to share a personal experience, I came down on a rock with the stock side steps and it bent up and dented the rocker panel and I couldn't open my driver's door. My buddy had to jump on the step repeatedly to bend it down enough so I could get the door open. I'm not saying that's gonna happen to you because I don't know what kind of trails you run, but keep it in mind.
     
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  9. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:07 AM
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    El Dahs

    El Dahs I am DTF. Down To 'Froad

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    I went with a front skid first. If you are just starting out off roading its a good start. Once you start doing harder trails you'll see what else you will need.
     
  10. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:10 AM
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    mbmack1

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    True but the rocker panels are irreplaceable. Mechanical parts can be replaced, but a mashed up truck is bad for resale. Sliders also give you a pivot point on tight turns and depending on what you're doing, they can push the entire truck off a tree or rock, protecting your doors and bed sides too. In a situation like this for example:20170128_134007.jpg

    Also, the mechanical parts under the truck can usually take repeated hits and keep on truckin. It's a Tacoma, they're tough as hell. But once you mash your rocker panel (and it only takes one contact with a rock), it's done. It will look like shit forever.
     
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  11. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:13 AM
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    Texoma

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    My front skid, transfer case skid, and Rock sliders take the most hits out of everything. I think the most valuable skid is the front because it protects your engine. I also have transmission skid, gas tank skid, and LCA skids which I don't think I've seen a scratch on those yet, but the one time I don't have them, I bet I'd wish I did. I would suggest front skid or sliders as a first n close second as they are the MVP's.
     
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  12. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:16 AM
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    I would do skids in this order. Or all at once.

    1. Transfer case
    2. Sliders
    3. Transmission
    4. Front skid (because there’s already a shitty one there)
    5. F&R bumpers
    6. Rear diff skid or weld on bash plate.
    7. LCA’s
    8. And last, have the tools and practice taking your rear drive shaft off.
     
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  13. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:21 AM
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    I forgot about gas tank skid. I’d make that one #9 on my list, but still important.
     
  14. Nov 11, 2017 at 5:28 AM
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    I wouldn’t want to hit my aluminum transfer case on anything. If it cracks or breaks, you’re dead in your tracks even if you only lose all the gear oil from a crack. How would you go highway speed getting home with no oil? Nobody carries a spare transfer case, a I’ve never practiced changing one. But again there are too many things to count what could go wrong.
     
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    I hit my front skid more than anything else. Protect your oil pan!!! You can drive out with nearly anything else dented.

    I have front and transmission skids, and sliders. For my off road driving,I have yet to hit the sliders. They are mostly there as hi lift points and recovery anchors.
     
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    Sliders for me, too. If you're doing anything where skids plates might be useful then you'll eventually wish you had sliders.
     
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  17. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:56 AM
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    Well, after much thought I think I’m gonna wait a bit for armor..I’m gonna by a Weber Smokey Mountain 22.5 smoker.. I use my 2 Weber Kettles just about everyday from late spring to early fall and my smoked meats aren’t quite what I always want. So I think this will be the right choice for a Christmas gift. BUT if my Secret Santa is out there searching for ideas! Armor for my truck would be nice
     
  18. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:16 PM
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    If you're running steps then I'm not sure armor makes any sense for you.
     
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    Sliders and then front skid!
     
  20. Nov 14, 2017 at 1:21 PM
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