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Skid plate removal question

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by Ron Gusack, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:58 AM.

  1. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:58 AM
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    Ron Gusack

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    I have a 2015 SR5 that will never see an off road trail. Is there a reason to keep the skid plate attached that covers the oil filter? I don't like dealing with it to get to the filter and I'm thinking about cutting a hole in it so I can remove the filter without taking it off.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:15 AM
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    Road debri. Never know when something will fall off a truck ahead of you.

    My drive in this am there was sections of metal AC ducting strewn about that people were dodging.
     
  3. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:21 AM
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    In all honesty I believe Toyota put it there for a reason so I always put mine back on. Yes it does take a little extra time and work un and re installing it, especially when I add anti-seize to every bolt, but worth the headaches for the extra level of protection. My BIL has the same exact 4Runner as I do and he has taken it off permanently without any issues. I am not sure about cutting a hole in it...I don't know of anyone who did.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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    Like @4X4Runner said it’s protection from road debris. I would leave it in place.
     
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    In addition to road debris, as others have mentioned, you'd be surprised how much cleaner your engine bay will be with the skid installed. I ran my 4th gen around for awhile with the front skid removed.....I noticed a significant increase in the amount of water and dirt that got (higher) into my engine bay. Ur skid may be a PIA to deal with, but it will keep your engine bay cleaner!
     
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    Perhaps take it to a fab shop and have them make a oil filter door similar to the drain plug door.
     
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    if you do not go off road and it is a bit on the high side not a problem to remove it.
    so why is this NOW on all vehicles a cover under the engine bay ?????????????

    it is about air flow .. if you purchased a sport car ya it will also have a cover to reduce resistance of the vehicle .
    the bottom of the engine area will have less mess be much cleaner with the covers.

    when I do the oil servicing/grease / leak checks the all covers come off .. keep off for a few days check for any leaks then put back on..
    I also spray paint safe silicone on all the rubber bushings ..
     
  8. Feb 12, 2019 at 3:38 PM
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    I was planning to make it like the drain plug cover but thought maybe lots of owners take them off without any issues.
     
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    Maybe just take an angle grinder and make a hole where it is and rattle can so you still protect the rest of the stuff down yonder
     
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    Just leaving that area open is a thought but it might be pretty easy to make it a bolt in section. I'm sorta surprised that there isn't an aftermarket plate with that feature incorporated in. I guess they think there's not enough market for something like that. To be honest, I haven't looked very hard for aftermarket skid plates.
     
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    I’m reality, how many people actually do their own maint on their vehicles? I can tell you, in an office of about 30 people I am the only person who has any practical knowledge of vehicles and does their own maint. Everyone else relies on the dealer or some quick lube place.

    I guess, is it worth engineering something like that for the very small percentage of people who do their own maint?
     
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    Im aure the maint shops would appriciate it
     
  13. Feb 13, 2019 at 7:10 AM
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    just cut a hole to your liking and its done .
     
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    Or just deal with it and leave it alone. It's not hard to simply remove the skid every 10,000 miles. It's really not a problem is it? Every 10,000 miles?
     
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    Yes there are aftermaket skids with bolt in sections to do oil changes without skid removal.
     
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