Even though I was going to make my own skid plates for the front of the Tacoma, I found that Skid Row had a transfer case skid that I could use.   At $175, it was hard to justify spending the time and money trying to make one!    

The protection offered over the stock skid plate is huge!   The installation took about 30 minutes.

To see the instrucions that came with the scrape plate click HERE.

Here it is!   It came with all required hardware, a product catalogue and some stickers.
The frist step is to remove the factory transfer case skid.   There are only 4 12mm bolts that hold it to the transfer case.
Here the transfer case is with the factory skid removed.
On the passenger side of the transfer case there is a counter weight.   I had hit mine on rocks a few times and had just decided to leave it bent back some.  The weight is mounted in the holder with a spring setup so it can move some.   With it bent back like this it would rattle, so I put a small piece of rag into it to keep it quiet.
Here the factory skid is.   Mine was really scraped and bent up.

The next step is to use the included bolts to mount it to the crossmember using existing holes.   Once this is done, use a jack to hold the plate tightly against the frame and drill 4  5/16 holes using the holes in the skid plate as a template.  


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Once the holes are drilled, use the provided self tapping bolts to attach the skid plate to the frame.

Thats all it takes to install it!  

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Here is a shot from the other side.   Again, the protection over the small stock skid is incredible!

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The couter weight fit nicely into the curved up lip on the new skid plate.  While there was a little room, about 1/16th of an inch, I was worried that when the transfer case moved under torque that it may hit the skid plate.  There was a easy fix for this problem!

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There are two bolts that holt the counter weight to the transfer case.   I removed them, then just reattached the weight using one bolt in the higher hole on the transfer case and the lower hole on the weight.  This moved it up and gave it plenty of room for movement.

Here is a picture of the rear of the counter weight mount.   The two bolts that hold the counter weight on do not affect anything else.   

Another easy to install item!

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