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Old 10-18-2004, 09:00 PM   #1
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Default Pros and cons for skid plates, plz help!

Hey i was thinking of picking up some skide plates like front rear and center, i there theres no cons to haveing a center skide plate but the front and rear? i know pro wpuld be protection, because i know when i was at the beach today the stock skidplates dont really protech crap, the bottom of the axle case was getting all scratched up but o well its a rock climber, more scratches to come

so let me know if you use skide plates and if not why and if so why? and what wones or if all 3 do you use and why?
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Old 10-18-2004, 09:03 PM   #2
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i was thinking of getting them from rc4wd.com but not sure yet
but this is what i was thinking of getting,

http://rc4wd.com/shop/product_info.p...roducts_id=181
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http://rc4wd.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=189
and maby this while im ordering stuff from there

http://rc4wd.com/shop/product_info.php?products_id=151

and if you know a better place to get them let me know! and if anyone has that DVD let me know how it is!
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Old 10-18-2004, 09:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Pros and cons for skid plates, plz help!

I have a thin plastic skip plate over the bottom of the tranny.
I also used two of the cross supports and put them on either side of the tranny.
Definately helps the truck slide over some stuff.

You can see the relocated cross supports in the picture, they're on the left.
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Old 10-19-2004, 07:42 AM   #4
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Default Re: Pros and cons for skid plates, plz help!

Cons:
Cost money, unless you make em
Adds weight, but that can be good
Reduced clearance
Pros:
Save that plastic!
Adds weight low on vehicle
Can aid slideing over obstacle

I use three homemade skids on my TXT. Only cost me my labor. I'm sure I would have cracked open my plastic diff by now without skids.


I use my front skid as half a servo mount.


And my rear skid for steering protection.


I have my diff resting on the skid so I'm only losing the thickness of the skid plate in clearance. I also use lead weights that sit on top of skid between the diff housing and the axle support to help counter my hi CoG.
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Old 10-19-2004, 03:57 PM   #5
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hey EeePee
the way your shocks are mounted, doesnt it make it alot better when your crawling?
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Old 10-19-2004, 04:03 PM   #6
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hey EeePee....
Actually I have a post about it.

http://www.rccrawler.com/postt3076.html

Short answer, not at the angle in which they dangle. Needs some tweakery.
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Old 10-19-2004, 09:31 PM   #7
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Skids can be useful, but I have not really seen any ill effects from not running any skids. I might add a center so I have a flat bottom instead of an inverted V, but it really hasn't held me up or slowed me down. And NO, the tranny does not scrap. It is up high enough and has supports that will drag before it will.
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Old 10-20-2004, 05:32 PM   #8
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when ive run without skid my servo hit a rock and broke sevo horn ( thank God only this) thats why now i use skids
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To prevent that I made my servo mounting plate come out a litte past the servo itself. Not that it would matter seeing as I run HiTec's AL arm.
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