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In the spirit of http://www.thenewx.org/forum/23-exterior/34716-front-bumper-options.html, http://www.thenewx.org/forum/23-exterior/34936-rear-bumper-options.html, & http://www.thenewx.org/forum/23-exterior/42698-sliders-options.html 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 :drink:


Underbody Plating

DIY SKIDS
Follow this link and save hundreds!!
http://www.thenewx.org/forum/23-exterior/16618-skid-plates-18.html


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)

Linkasploosh
see website for picture


Black Widow
Base cost: $349.29 ($455 cad)
Includes: Radiator, Engine, Transfer case, 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.

Just an FYI.

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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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Start with the engine skid. It's arguably the most important one.
Arguably, the radiator skid is the most important, then the engine skid. :wink:

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. :book:

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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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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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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Some double stack them. Not heard of anyone have someone wield onto them before though.
 

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Some double stack them. Not heard of anyone have someone wield onto them before though.
I have been a bit too busy to crawl under the X lately and get a better look. But would you think the focus would be on a thicker bottom plate? Or strengthening the mounts/attachment points?

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I have been a bit too busy to crawl under the X lately and get a better look. But would you think the focus would be on a thicker bottom plate? Or strengthening the mounts/attachment points?

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Besides the tin metal the weak link on the stock skids is the tiny screws. That can't take a hit and likely to rip off.
 

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I have the full set from black widow gear. That not to bad for the price and no shipping (im in quebec/can). But rad skid and gas tank need to enlarge hole didnt match perfectly that no trouble for me but for other..
 

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I have a mix mash of skids:

Rad: an old N-Rox, I think Im the 3rd owner, Its taken some pretty good hits and still going strong.

Engine: Shrock, its got a few scrapes had to cut off the front end so its even with the cross member to fit with the rad skid.

Trans and T-case: P&P a little more simple in design, Trans skid hasten a scratch on it yet. It mounts though the diagonal cross member holes different than the others. T-case uses all 5 bolts to mount, it has some pretty good scrapes and its holding up well.

Gas Tank: A home made job with some 1/4" diamond aluminum plate off a bridge. Uses the factory brackets and mounting spots in the back, the drive shaft guard up front and scabs off of the rear slider bolt in the back, no nut head to scrape off there.

Rear shock mount skids: No idea who made them, I think Im the 4th owner of these, work well, take a beating.

All in all I don't think you could go wrong with any brand on skids to be honest.
 
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