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TRD Pro skid plate or Bud Built???

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by Over the LINE, May 6, 2016.

  1. May 6, 2016 at 1:58 PM
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    Over the LINE

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    I plan to change my front skid plate. I have pretty much decided to go with either a TRD Pro version or a Bud Built. As far as I know both will eliminate the need to modify the skid plate for larger tires and both are better than the tin foil that came on my TRD 4 x 4. They are basically the same price (within $50).

    If you had the choice which one would you buy? Why?
     
  2. May 6, 2016 at 4:34 PM
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    The TRDPro skid is running at about $390.
    Bud built 2PC. Combo setup made from 1/4" aluminum powder coated black w/ stainless hardware running at about $700.
    Not sure what weight differences are. You would have to look further in depth with that.

    But personally if I was on a budget, but wanted complete skids.. Weight wasn't an issue... I would settle with the bud built Complete combo deal. Probably get em powdered my self just in case damages occur in transit.
     
  3. May 6, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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    Isn't the TRD pro skid also 1/4" alluminum? Plus it has the cutout for oil changes, not sure if the Bud Built does as well. With that price difference I would just stick with the Pro skid.
     
  4. May 6, 2016 at 6:19 PM
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    Just ordered TRD SP from my dealer. $380 total including tax.
     
  5. May 6, 2016 at 7:32 PM
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    Yes trdpro is aluminum.
    If op wanted bud built aluminum price a bit higher for the version
     
  6. May 6, 2016 at 8:03 PM
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    Bud built is about the same bare. I was going to coat myself. That is where I got the "same cost". It is made of steel. I was not thinking about weight differences. I will need to consider weight.
     
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  7. May 6, 2016 at 9:14 PM
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    Ya I would say that the weight comes into play especially if you got or plan to run a heavy bumper winch etc..
     
  8. May 6, 2016 at 9:54 PM
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    Are those the only two skid plate options right now for 2007+ tundra?
    I know RCI will be a future option but no deadline.
     
  9. May 7, 2016 at 5:23 AM
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    Expedition One bumper arrived by truck yesterday.

    So I did not find any other skid plate options but I did not look really hard.
     
  10. May 7, 2016 at 5:35 AM
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    I would go with TRD. I checked out Bud Built's page but I have never seen one in person or heard any first hand reviews, etc.

    With how simple it is to post photos online, I can't believe some web pages only have a few low quality images of their product.

    If anyone has more info/pictures of a Bud Built skid please post!
     
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