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> Front Skid Plate | 2005-2015 Tacoma
Front Skid Plate | 2005-2015 Tacoma
Front Skid Plate | 2005-2015 Tacoma
Build to Order
In Stock, Bare metal lead time:
1 week for processing and shipment
Build to Order, Bare metal lead time:
see Homepage for current lead time
Optional Powder Coating:
add 2 additional weeks to above lead times
Steel 3/16" (4.76mm) thick
Stainless Steel 3/16" (4.76mm) thick [+$200.00]
Aluminum 1/4" (6.35mm) thick [+$200.00]
Bare metal - Sanding required prior to painting
Bare metal - Metal is sanded and prepped for immediate painting [+$29.00]
Flat Black [+$82.00]
BudBuilt Red [+$82.00]
Other (specify in checkout "Comments") [+$102.00]
Stainless Steel Hardware [+$10.00]
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(2005-2015) Toyota Tacoma Front Skid Plate
Designed as the first plate in the BudBuilt Armor Systems.
BudBuilt Skid Plates are simply the most well engineered armor components available. Standing as the only line of defense from the forward most crossmember, to behind the transfer case by use of an included, purpose built reinforced steel crossmember. Constructed from pure American, LASER cut, and CNC press brake formed steel or aluminum. We will never use lower grade Chinese or Indian raw materials to protect your vehicle's expensive underbelly.
BudBuilt utilizes a clean, extremely precise Laser cutting method instead of industry standard plasma cutting. Plasma is limited only to cutting; our laser can cut, drill, engrave, and weld, giving us a distinct advantage over the industry standard. Our protection systems are more precisely fitted to the frame, with tighter tolerances, stronger edges, cleaner cuts, and OEM level of product refinement.
BudBuilt utilizes every possible attachment point, as well as additional load distributing supports, and overlapping plate designs to eliminate frame crossmembers from crushing inward during hard impacts.
100% bolt on, no welding, no fabricating
Edges are formed for strength and rigidity with area to allow for cleaning and mud removal
Protects radiator and front alignment cams
Recessed fasteners provide a smooth surface, leaving nothing to hang up on
BudBuilt will never cut our logo into a skid plate, weakening the armor, in an effort to advertise
100% North American steel, handcrafted in North Carolina to last
3/16" Steel - 33 pounds (15kg)
Durable and strong, steel is the workhorse of armor. Ready to take hard hits from rocks and stumps. We recommend 3/16" steel where the application sees occasional to frequent rock impacts. Steel requires powder coating or user-applied paint to prevent rust.
3/16" Stainless Steel - 33 pounds (15kg)
With the same durability and strength of steel, stainless steel has the additional benefit of not requiring paint to prevent rust. Most of our stainless steel users choose this material because with regular rock impacts, even industrial powder coating can be scraped off. Stainless steel offers users the freedom to drag our armor over obstacles and not require prepping and repainting impact areas.
1/4" (6.35mm) Aluminum Alloy - 19 pounds (8.6kg)
Strength without the weight. Our 5052 laser cut aluminum alloy has the same strength levels as our 3/16" steel, but at a faction of the weight. We
recommend aluminum where the application sees regular off-roading, yet limited potential for dragging on hard surfaces like rocks. While 1/4" aluminum has the strength to handle heavy rock impacts, it is much more susceptible to galling than steel, when dragged over rocks.
results in what looks like fine aluminum shavings by the rock that was dragged down the plate.
Another way of thinking about this is by first stating that
aluminum has no problem at impacting an obstacle, it's what happens after impact that matters. After impact, if your driving style is to reassess the trail and choose a better line, aluminum is the right choice. If your driving style is to continue on the same line, as in rock crawling applications, we would recommend our 3/16" steel (Rock Armor) systems. Aluminum does
not require prepping and repainting impact areas to prevent rust.