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Old 08-08-2007, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For all the people out there who still have ther ISF tacos, Here are some Pics of my new Skid plate that I fabed up. As you can see all i really had to do was notch out the front so it would fit between the frame rails, as well as notching out both sides for the A-arm clearence, then drill some holes for mounting....Aswell as a little bending and cutting..


Toyota's idea of a skidplate and mine


A little notching for clearenceing the a-arms


Mounted through a crossmember that i put in while building the front bumper


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Old 08-09-2007, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats nice, but...

I would suggest getting some 1/4" x 1 flat stock and welding some pieces along the edges of the front face of the skid. Sort of like folded edges at 90*, it will make the thing 100% stronger in the event of a real impact. Also, get some countersunk flat head bolts and use a counter sink bit to get those mount bolts flat against the skid before you rip them right off of the truck. Much better than stock however.

Look at the Budbuilt skid to see an example of what I mean, thats what I have been abusing and it has proven to be just about bullet proof.
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yeah countersinking the rear bolts would be nice, ill mostliky do that once I make my belly pan for the Tranny. But for $60 worth of steel and alittle work, i think it does the job..Unlike Budbuit who wants $280 for there skidplate....
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Unlike Budbuit who wants $280 for there skidplate....
And that's not for the complete setup.
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You will want some bracing at the radiator. I took out a lower tank with my homebuilt skid a few years ago. Partially due to the very similar design, partially due to my point and throttle driving "style."
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For all the people out there who still have ther ISF tacos, Here are some Pics of my new Skid plate that I fabed up. As you can see all i really had to do was notch out the front so it would fit between the frame rails, as well as notching out both sides for the A-arm clearence, then drill some holes for mounting....Aswell as a little bending and cutting..

that will need quite a bit more gusseting Start with the sides using at least 1" x1/4" flat...1.5" would be better on the front portion.
As you use and abuse it you'll discover the other areas that will fold in from a good hit...add the flat bar as needed.
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And that's not for the complete setup.
Just to throw some facts in here, our skids are $249, not $280. Or they are $200 if you order the full setup combo, which is $500 but covers the entire belly to just in front of the gas tank and adds a crossmember for full support!

Black01taco! Nice job! Most folks don't have your skills to fabricate, measure etc so good for you! I wish all tacos had a tube front crossmember under the radiator. That is why we add the extra bends in the front of ours to give strength.
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[QUOTE=Black01taco! Nice job! Most folks don't have your skills to fabricate, measure etc so good for you! I wish all tacos had a tube front crossmember under the radiator. That is why we add the extra bends in the front of ours to give strength. [/QUOTE]

Thanks!

Yea I need to beef it up a bit as well when i add my belly pan for the tranny.

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