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Skid plates? Or high clearance rear bumper?

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by TexasTundra27, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. Feb 17, 2018 at 9:30 PM
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    TexasTundra27

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    As the title states, should I get skid plates? Or have a custom high clearance rear bumper with a spare tire carrier made? I do a decent amount of wheeling and every time I drag my rear bumper and as a result my bumper and bed corners are trashed... but I’ve only scraped my underbelly once and I basically beached myself on my gas tank (thus the name Moby Dick). I know the skids will protect a lot more valuable things, but part of me wants the bumper more and I’m tired of seeing my trashed rear end... what are yall’s thoughts?
     
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  2. Feb 17, 2018 at 11:43 PM
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    Our trucks are very prone to high center and ass tap. Which makes it a really tough decision.

    A rear bumper with a swing is nice. It’s hard to keep those things light. If your packs can’t support it you’ll have some ass sag. Also most aftermarket bumpers loose stock towing capacity if that is your concern.

    Like you said. Full skids protect a lot of expensive stuff. I think skids would be the better choice. Especially price wise- full set of steel skids can be $800-1k custom high clearance fab’d up bumper can run up to 3k.

    Protection wise skids wins.. as the rear bumper is easy to replace.

    But let us know what ya do! I love seeing custom rear bumpers!
     
  3. Feb 17, 2018 at 11:48 PM
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    I have (and have used) RCI skids, I highly recommend 'em. Just don't bother with their gas tank skid if you've got the larger, 38 gal. tank. That particular skid has bolts that hang down. I'm going with the Westin Outlaw rear bumper more because of the way it moves the hitch up than actual bumper clearance. @boardude has an N-fab rear that looks like it's got tons of GC.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2018 at 11:54 PM
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    I was leaning towards the Bud Built skids if I got those mainly because I was worried about how thin the RCI skids are, they been holding up alright? Bud built skids run about $1400 shipped, but I’m pretty sure I can get a full RCI set for under $1000.
    Good point about the leaf pack, I currently have the Icon expansion pack and it sucks something awful...
     
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  5. Feb 18, 2018 at 12:02 AM
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    Bud built a do offer an HD series. I forgot the thickness but I seen em on my bud’s 4runner and man are they beef..

    My only issue is they also charge for powder coat. RCI comes powdercoated.
    They have been on the noose though with the 38g tank guys.

    Now I haven’t put my rci’s through hell. Only my tank has seen some gouges. Everything else is just bs scratches. My buddie’s aluminum was crushed after hucking it 25ft+(but let’s not get into that)
    @joonbug has had a bent oil filter door on the front skid, but I believe he was able to bend it back.

    If you hit the bumpy stuff hard I say go HD budbuilts. If not save some coin go rci and put the rest on your future rear bumper.
     
  6. Feb 18, 2018 at 12:04 AM
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    Bud builts sound good too! My RCI's have taken some hits, nothing huge, and I've got a little rust beginning to show from the paint being scraped away, nothing a rattle can won't cure.
    I've got the Icon expansion pack too, better than stock but still leaves a lot to be desired.
     
  7. Feb 18, 2018 at 12:08 AM
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    Bud built skids are 3/16” vs 1/8” for the RCI. Did y’all have to buy the gas tank straps from RCI? They don’t have one listed for the 26gal tank and I don’t have the TRD package.
     
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  8. Feb 18, 2018 at 12:10 AM
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    I've got the 38 gal and no skid there.
     
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    Yeah base it on what you need. I don’t plan on doing the rubicon in my tundra so i went with the rci. Saved me some good moneys with the Labor Day sale too!

    I didn’t have to buy the straps.
    You might have to buy em. You can slide under and take a peak if you have the straps.
     
  10. Feb 18, 2018 at 12:16 AM
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    I appreciate the help fellas! Leaning towards the RCI skids now, that’ll give me some money towards some new leafs also!
     
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    None, yet....
    I have an even better solution.... 42" tire. This would help solve both of those. Your break over angle would be improved and your departure angle would be higher.

    You're welcome.
     
  12. Feb 18, 2018 at 5:27 AM
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    also reach out to local fab shops in your area..i got 3/8 thick aluminum skids for the front back to the transfer case (no gas skid) for like 500$ also bumper design too, the cookie cutter mas produced stuff is always waaayyy more expensive ive found
     
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    Great combo!
     
  14. Feb 18, 2018 at 12:30 PM
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    , I don’t know what I’d do without advice like this lol
    Good points, I agree 100%! I started talking to a somewhat local shop this morning about them. They’re already in the process of making some new bad ass sliders for Tundras. Trying to see if they have the time to build skids and sliders for me which would be amazing!
     
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    I really wish someone would develop a high clearance rear bumper for our tundras, there’s many out there that are just strong as shit but not specifically high clearance. I suggest go with the bumper and post pics after, there’s a guy on YouTube with a 3rd gen custom rear, high clearance. I think his name is Shawn Hilaker, I liked his except for the basket he had for fuel jugs.
     
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  16. Feb 18, 2018 at 7:24 PM
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    I’m talking with @ragofabrication right now, they’re already gonna make me a set of bad ass sliders that will be available for the masses shortly after. Trying to talk them into making some skids, if we can get enough interest they might be willing to tackle a high clearance bumper but as of right now they’re not doing one off work.
     
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