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What's the deal? Are you thinking about the skid as a pain in the ass, or the oil filter cartridge? What happened to you to make it expensive?
7 Quarts of synthetic 0-20 and the cartridge filter makes it expensive. And yes, the skid plate and cartridge filter are way more inconvenient than the top-mounted oil filter in my 07 1GRFE Tacoma.
My favorite part was when I realized that I didn't have the Toyota tool to remove the plastic filter housing and had to pry it off with my hands. Having to remove a skid plate seems a bit odd too as opposed to a top mounted filter. I wonder why they did that; had to be a good reason right ?