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Post Skid Plates Options

In the spirit of Front Bumper Options, Rear Bumper Options, & Sliders Options I put together this list of skid plates. My ulterior motive is that I am shopping for skid plates and my pictures don't show up that well in my excel spreadsheet without messing up the sizes of all the cells.

Please let me know if I missed anyone. Hardcore Offroad does not currently make skid plates, and I don't want this thread to turn into a debate about WAM (+plus their website doesn't have anything on skids) so those 2 companies weren't included at this time. Vendors are listed in alphabetical order.

I tried to compare apples to apples here, but with so many options that is tough. Here's to hoping this thread doesn't already exist


Underbody Plating


4x4parts.com
Base cost: $815.94
Includes: Radiator, Engine, Transmission, Transfer Case, Gas Tank
Material: 3/16" steel
Coating: Powdercoating (+$250)
Weight: 197 lbs
Shipping: $233.26
Advertised lead time: None - In stock
Bottom line: $1049.20 (bare steel) (subtract $180.99 if you exclude rad)

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Black Widow
Base cost: $349.29 ($455 cad)
Includes: Radiator, Engine, Transmission, Gas Tank Transmission skid missing, email sent 04/19/17
Material: 3/16" steel
Coating: not listed
Weight: not listed
Shipping: $200 cad
Advertised lead time: not listed
Bottom line: $485.75 ($655 cad) (missing transmission skid)(subtract $80 cad if you exclude rad)

Linkasaurus



Hefty
Base cost: $570
Includes: Engine, Transmission, Transfer Case, Gas Tank (+$170 for Radiator (+$40 powdercoated))
Material: 3/16" steel (+$170 for aluminum)
Coating: Powdercoat (+$150)
Weight: 156 lbs (3/16" steel)
Shipping: $149
Advertised lead time: 4-6 week minimum, more for powdercoating
Bottom line: $929 (bare steel) (subtract $170 if you exclude rad)

Linkaloodle



P&P Engineering
Base cost: $525
Includes: Radiator, Engine, Transmission, Transfer Case, Gas Tank
Material: 1/8" steel (+$25 for 3/16") ($725 for 1/4" aluminum)
Coating: Not available
Weight: 95 lbs (75 for aluminum) (3/16 not listed)
Shipping: $125
Advertised lead time: 2-4 weeks
Bottom line: $675 (3/16" steel) (you have to buy the rad I guess)

Linkapeepee



Shrockworks
10% discount if you order 3 or more skids at once
Base cost: $915
Includes: Radiator, Engine, Transmission, Transfer Case, Gas Tank
Material: 3/16" steel
Coating: powdercoating (+$185)
Weight: not listed
Shipping: $181.33 (15632)
Advertised lead time: not listed
Bottom line: $1004.83 (bare steel, includes 10% discount)

Linkasmurf



Rear Diff Skids

4x4parts.com
Base cost: $135
Material: 3/16" steel
Bottom line: $172.58 shipped

Linkastout



ARB - via ruggedrocksoffroad.com
Base cost: $195.70
Material: Iron
Bottom line: $218.94 shipped
Red or Black

Linkapilsner



PRG
Base cost: $149
Material: cast Aluminum
Bottom line: $149 shipped
comes with sealant

Linkalager



Rocky Road Outfitters
Base cost: $139
Material: "thick" steel powdercoated black
Bottom line: $159.06 shipped

Linkabock



Shrockworks
Base cost: $119 (+$25 powdercoating in Red, Black, or Silver)
Material: 1/4" steel
Bottom line: $134.80 shipped
Available for both M226 & C200, same price

Linkale



Rear Shock Skids

Nisstec
Base cost: $94.99
Material: 1/4" steel
Coating: Powdercoating red or black (Free)
Bottom line: $124.23 shipped

Linkaliquor



Rocky Road Outfitters
Base cost: $53
Material: not listed
Coating: Powdercoated black
Bottom line: $73.69 shipped

Linkazima

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Skid wise I still think Hefty is the best followed by Shrock They seem to be pretty well thought out and you have Aluminum options for weight savings as well.

I got my bare steel engine skid from them in 3 weeks as well.
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I know you stated no debates, but wam bumpers will do skid plates. They are making a set for my Frontier right now, I just ha e to find time to get over there to get them installed and finished.
They will probably do a set of Xterra ones if they can get intersted parties and a doner vehicle to measure.

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Wam bumpers will do skid plates
Cool beans. When the details are available we can add them to the list. Figured I would add them eventually
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I got a price e break down for the skids on the frontier, but they are on my email at work and our server switch over has our systems all wacked up.
It's in line with most other manufacturers. Again, they would just need a doner vehicle.

This is the steel at their shop just waiting for me to get there. It was ordered on a Thursday and there at their shop the next. Super fast.

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I need to get some skids ASAP. Crazy expensive though!


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I need to get some skids ASAP. Crazy expensive though!
Start with the engine skid. It's arguably the most important one.
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Start with the engine skid. It's arguably the most important one.
Arguably, the radiator skid is the most important, then the engine skid.

Why you ask? Because the radiator is first in line for destruction, then the engine oil pan.

Do I have any scientific evidence to back up my theory? None whatsoever.

I started with the Hefty steel radiator and engine skids, applying my theory about the two most important skids, then about a year later added the Hefty aluminum transmission, transfer case and gas tank skids. I would have gone all aluminum for the weight savings, but Hefty had not yet gone into production with aluminum skid plates when I purchased the radiator and engine skids.

For those of you who doubt the strength of aluminum skid plates I can offer this anecdotal evidence - one of my previous offroad rigs was a 1966 Kaiser Jeep CJ-5 V-6 equipped with a one piece 3/16" aluminum engine/transmission/transfer case skid plate built by Pete Condos, owner of Con-Ferr in Burbank CA (a respected fabricator "back in the day"). It endured years of abuse on the rocks in the Mojave Desert, was scratched and dented, but never failed and never rusted.
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Ordered the black widow rad skid today. Due to being a cheap bastard it looks like I might have to 'adjust' it a little bit, but I am still looking forward to it. And for under $100 shipped I'm willing to take the risk


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On the note of being cheap.... has anyone ever reinforced the oem's? I work in the office of a fab/manufacturing facility. Would be nothing for me to drop my oem's off with a welder and have him use scrap to make them stronger. Just wondering how beneficial that could be.

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