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April 19, 2017 Comments (2) Gear, Home Page, Rig Components

Pelfreybilt Tacoma 2005-2017 Aluminum IFS Skid Plate

In its lifetime, a trail rig will tackle some pretty rough terrain head on, and we do our best to mitigate the damage by outfitting our vehicles with plate bumpers, tube sliders, and other forms of body armor. But in our quest to prevent desert pinstripes and trail scars, one shouldn’t overlook protecting the undercarriage. With vulnerable drive train components hanging down, it only takes one well placed hit to leave you stranded on the trail. That’s why and an aftermarket skid plate is the perfect solution for armoring your underside. A skid plate plays a few important roles: it allows the truck to slide relatively smoothly over obstacles, and it deflects objects that would otherwise find their way in and cause damage.

In this installation review, I’ll bolt on a Pelfreybilt aluminum skid plate designed for the 2005 – 2017 Toyota Tacoma. This skid is a hefty ¼” thick piece of laser-cut aluminum with the Pelfreybilt logo cut right into the front; the skid provides protection for the oil pan, alignment cam tabs, and the rear portion of the engine. It’s available in steel as well, but since this daily-driver sees plenty of off-road use and rarely any rock-crawling, I saved a whopping 36 pounds when opting for aluminum.

The Pelfreybilt 2005 – 2017 Aluminum IFS Skid plate offers up much needed protection for the Tacoma’s IFS suspension, the alignment cam tabs, and the rear portion of the engine.

The skid attaches with six bolts that are removed from the stock skid plate. A hole is conveniently cut for the oil drain plug.

The Aluminum skid is ¼” thick, laser cut, and weighs in at 26 pounds.

Despite its intended use, the Pelfreybilt Aluminum Skid is a functional work of art; feast your eyes upon those beautiful welds!

The rear of the skid plate has slots for attaching the optional Mid Skid plate to protect the transmission and deter theft of the catalytic converter.

The installation starts by removing the stock skid plate and the support brackets. Almost all of the bolts will be reused, so keep them together. With a 12mm socket, remove the four 8mm bolts holding the stock skid in place. A small tab in the front cross member keeps the skid from falling; lift the skid over the tab and send it to meet Valhalla in the recycling bin!

 

With the stock skid removed, we now have access to remove the support channels.

The stock skid plate is stamped-steel and only covers the IFS steering box and hoses. The Pelfreybilt skid will add much needed protection.

The next step involves removing the stock support channels. With a 17mm socket, remove the six 12mm bolts and set four of them aside for installing the Pelfreybilt skid. We’re on the home stretch.

The support channels are removed and the Pelfreybilt aluminum skid is ready for installation.

Now it’s time to install the new aluminum skid. At 26 pounds, you could hold the skid plate up with one hand and start a few bolts, but I found it much easier to support the skid with a floor jack. Before you position the skid, it should be noted that the rear bolt holes in the cross member haven’t been used until now. Take a few minutes and clean them out as mud and road grime might be in the threads.
With the Pelfreybilt skid plate in place and the bolt holes lined up, start with the front 12mm bolts, then work your way back with two more 12mm bolts in the forward recessed holes, followed by the remaining 8mm bolts in the rear recessed holes. Work your way around and tighten the bolts evenly.

The skid provides ample coverage and is ready for the optional Mid Skid, which bolts to the rear.

The Pelfreybilt Aluminum Skid is installed and ready to be put into service.


 

With the new Pelfreybilt Aluminum Skid bolted to the bottom of my 2013 Tacoma, I feel much more confident when venturing into rougher terrain that would otherwise make me question my decisions. The engine, oil pan, front differential, and front alignment cam tabs are safe behind a quarter-inch thick aluminum plate.

 

# TAP Note: The TAP Taco has been successfully using the complete Pelfreybilt aluminum skid system for over 2 years with very positive results. For more information on Pelfreybilt products, click HERE

Author and Photos: Matt Gunn, Gunn Photography Services and  TAP In-Field Contributor

2 Responses to Pelfreybilt Tacoma 2005-2017 Aluminum IFS Skid Plate

  1. John Wymore says:

    I’ve got a set of PB skids, and I have a problem with them rattling at low speeds. I believe it’s the mid skid. I’ve taken them off to re-mount and tighten them, but I can’t get rid of the rattle. Do you have this problem too? I’m going to try and find some type of rubber spacers next, and see if that helps.

    • andy@theadventureportal.com says:

      John, we’ve not had this issue. Maybe worth calling Tyler at Pelfreybilt and asking his advice.