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> Front Skid Plate | Land Cruiser 200 Series, LX570
Land Cruiser 200, LX570 Front skid plate with ARB bumper
Front Skid Plate | Land Cruiser 200 Series, LX570
Build to Order, Bare metal lead time: see Homepage for current lead time
Powder Coating lead time:
add 3 additional weeks to above lead time
Lite Steel 1/8" (3.175mm) thick
Steel 3/16" (4.76mm) thick [+$22.00]
Aluminum 1/4" (6.35mm) thick [+$125.00]
Stainless Steel 3/16" (4.76mm) thick [+$202.00]
Bare metal - Sanding required prior to painting
Bare metal - Metal is sanded and prepped for immediate painting [+$30.00]
Textured Black [+$85.00]
BudBuilt Hammered Red [+$85.00]
TRD Grey [+$85.00]
Other (specify in checkout "Comments") [+$105.00]
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(2008-2021) Land Cruiser 200 Series and LX570 Front Skid Plate
Requires Engine Skid plate to mount properly. Will NOT work as a stand alone skid plate.
As the first skid to make contact under your 200, we built this skid to handle the onslaught year after year while transferring as little impact load to the radiator crossmember as possible. The front frame section of a Land Cruiser 200 and LX570 still required meeting collision safety standards. As such, the frame horns are designed to fail under relatively light impacts. The need to protect the front end, while not transferring the impact load to the forward most crossmember, led to this unique design. The second crossmember is substantially stronger and the front skid mounts to the lead edge of the engine skid (the second skid plate we offer). This design takes all the front end beating load and delivers it to the engine cradle where collision impact was designed from Toyota to not crush, because that area of the frame needs to protect front seat passengers. This design makes the lead edge double the thickness of the skids selected. If ordering an Aluminum front skid and an aluminum engine skid, the lead edge is 1/2" thick aluminum. If ordering an aluminum from skid and a 3/16" stainless steel engine skid, the lead edge thickened is still 1/2" of material!
We do not offer our lite steel (1/8" or 3.175mm) thick plates for the front skid plate. Lite steel is a good choice for weight and cost savings, but on the short front skid, those two factors don't offer enough benefit and the strength is not appropriate for that lead skid plate.
Requires our Engine Skid plate to mount
100% bolt on, no welding, no fabricating
Includes armored and recessed engine filter access, never requiring armor to be removed for routine maintenance
Edges are formed for strength and rigidity with area to allow for cleaning and mud removal
Protects cooling system, HVAC, 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
Durable and strong, steel is the workhorse of armor. Ready to take hard hits from rocks and stumps. We recommend 3/16" high carbon 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
With the same durability and strength of steel, 304 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
Strength without the weight. Our 3003 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.
1/8" (3.175mm) Lite Steel - 18 pounds (8.2kg)
A great, cost effective alternative to aluminum, 1/8" lite steel will protect your drivetrain from damage. We recommend 1/8" lite steel where the application sees regular off-roading, yet very limited potential for regular sharp rock impacts. 1/8" lite steel is more susceptible to denting than 3/16" steel, yet this issue only presents itself during heavy single point impacts, like that of a large sharp rock. 1/8" lite steel requires powder coating or user-applied paint to prevent rust.
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