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Oil change and removing the dreaded skid plate

Anyone just cut out where the l first is? Any issues with this? Besides dirt. Any other ideas other than buying the pro plate?

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Some have done a Mama Toyota factory steel skid plate "trap door." As that crusty old phvck noted.....search is your friend.

The Mama Toyota (is it the TRD plate? the TRD Pro plate) aluminum plate is the shiz but HOLY CRAP are they proud of it.

Yes. The steel one is a bit of a pain. I put my 4X4 Tundra up on ramps for oil changes or other activities (think: TRD front sway bar mod ) and that makes a massive amount of difference having that extra arm room to jockey the steel skid plate around once unbolted. As well as putting the attachment bolts (yes, they're a pain too cuz it's a blind threading job) back in.

If I can ever find one for the right price for me I will do the aluminum skid plate mod.

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Who you callin' a "crusty old phvck"? A previous viewer had already awarded him that BIG RED THUMB before me!

I had my smiley, helpful face on during the entire four dozen key strokes. I wish I had them back now that you've been so elegant in your lengthly, redundant description of how hard it is to deal with that f'n skid plate (he obviously already knows). FCOL...Lose the thing if it's that much of a PITA; it's for show on most trucks anyway.

Plus, if you wanted to be helpful, you coulda' helped the poor guy out with a thread reference to any of the myriad trap door designs here...Whut the "phvck"?


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Plus, if you wanted to be helpful, you coulda' helped the poor guy out with a thread reference to any of the myriad trap door designs here...Whut the "phvck"?
Nope. Not a fan of the trapped door. So no thread link.

Pull the skid plate. It's simple learned behavior. Nothing like, oh, say, I don't know: pulling the starter out!!!!!!!

In the interest of full disclosure I've been pulling front skid plates off of Toyota trucks since 1986. You might just say it's in my DNA.

But the minute I find a TRD alll-yooo-minimum for less than $150 that pain in the ass all steel one is the phvck out of here.

Sigh. Now the lawyer part: YMMV.

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First time I pulled the skid plate, was the last time.
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Good place to start looking is this thread:

https://www.tundratalk.net/forums/tu...il-change.html

Removing the skid plate every time is fine, if you have a vehicle lift. Removing the plate while laying on the shop floor with little clearance is a royal PITA. If I had to fight that plate every time I wanted to change the oil, I'd go to an oil change place. Changing oil is not something I do for a living; it's something I do because it has to be done, I'm capable, and I have a place to do it that's warm and dry all year long.

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Anyone just cut out where the l first is? Any issues with this? Besides dirt. Any other ideas other than buying the pro plate?

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my first oil change ( did it myself ) i took the skid plate off and cut a large very neat round hole right under the oil filter housing . 2 coats of rubberized undercoating all over the plate and heavily greased all the skid plate attaching bolts ( might be awhile before ever removing it again )

Probl solved for $10.

I live in a somewhat rural area and def wanted to retain the skid plate function , it does protect several items and some steering hoses and such.

Just one mans fix , and seems to work well for me.

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Most likely this is what I'm going to do to mine. Easy and cheap.

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my first oil change ( did it myself ) i took the skid plate off and cut a large very neat round hole right under the oil filter housing . 2 coats of rubberized undercoating all over the plate and heavily greased all the skid plate attaching bolts ( might be awhile before ever removing it again )

Probl solved for $10.

I live in a somewhat rural area and def wanted to retain the skid plate function , it does protect several items and some steering hoses and such.

Just one mans fix , and seems to work well for me.

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I haven’t had that pos plate on in many years

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Taking the skid plate off and leaving it off is an option.

However, there's all manner of things to run over out here in the sticks while traveling two lane and country gravel roads at night. That plate does provide some protection to the lower end mechanicals. That's why I leave it on. It's not perfect, but better than nothing.

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Taking the skid plate off and leaving it off is an option.

However, there's all manner of things to run over out here in the sticks while traveling two lane and country gravel roads at night. That plate does provide some protection to the lower end mechanicals. That's why I leave it on. It's not perfect, but better than nothing.
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Exactly why i will leave mine on and slightly modify it.

I wanted the TRD Pro skid plate but not paying that much for a skidplate that goes on a truck that will never see offroad use.


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Cut the hole.

Skip the trap door nonsense.

Move on with your life.
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I fully intend to cut a hole in mine and coat it with some spray can type bedliner. Just need to decide what size hole to cut.

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Cut the hole.

Skip the trap door nonsense.

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