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Anyone have these? They look to be a great value. The stock plates on my GX are kind of beat up and ragged looking; I'd like something a bit more protective for a trip to CO and Moab this summer. I won't be hardcore wheeling but hitting up a lot of rocky trails, as I do with the GX here in Missouri.
 
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Those are pretty much the same thickness as the factory plates. I'd recommend budbuilt or RCI or you're just replacing like with like that covers a tiny bit more. Not worth it IMO.
 
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Those are pretty much the same thickness as the factory plates. I'd recommend budbuilt or RCI or you're just replacing like with like that covers a tiny bit more. Not worth it IMO.
Thanks, if they are indeed similar in thickness to the factory plates I'll actually save up for a welder and replace the factory with Coastal Offroad weld-it-yourself plates.
 
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I have the ARB skids purchased through Metal Tech 4x4 and I'm really happy with them. They've been out rock crawling and have been trail tested. Yes there are better ones for twice the money but these are a good compromise. Way better and thicker than factory. My stock skids looked like someone took a giant can opener to them.
 
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I too have the ARB skids for the GX470. They are definitely thicker than OEM skids. I believe somewhere around 1/8" thick. They have served my needs well. I don't play around large rocks and if there is one then I go around it or put a tire over it. It all depends on the type of wheeling you intend on doing.
 
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I have a set in the garage ready to install.

They are easily double the thickness of the thin OEM skids. For 99% of GX owners they are perfect. I wouldn't trust them to hold the weight of a truck on top of a rock like the Budbuilts will, but my GX is not a hardcore trail rig. For the usual sticks/rocks kicked up on mild trails these are great and a serious improvement over stock.
 
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Thanks for the replies and positive feedback. I won't be doing any hardcore wheeling in the GX (it's primary focus is kid hauling and getting us to the trailhead/campground), but the OEM plates seem inadequate for the medium- to light wheeling I actually do. So it's good to hear these are an improvement over OEM. I'll pull the trigger on some later this spring prior to our trip out west.
 
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Those are pretty much the same thickness as the factory plates. I'd recommend budbuilt or RCI or you're just replacing like with like that covers a tiny bit more. Not worth it IMO.
Actually they are much thicker than stock. Just installed a set. Stock skid is 1.5mm, ARB 3.5mm, Bud Built 4.76mm. ARB indeed covers further back and includes a transfer case skid. I am mostly running rough old logging and mining roads and rough gravel roads, I think they are sufficient while not weighing the rig down.

There are a few drawbacks:

1) No oil filter access
2) On the 460 the mid plate sits lower than stock plates, basically comes down to where those low support arms are. The advantage of this is they are the lowest point on the vehicle, also creates a flat transition from front to rear with fewer spots to get hung up.
3) I had to auger out 3 of the mounting holes with a dremel to get the bolts in, PITA since you don't know which holes are off until you are under there, but otherwise install was easy.
 
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qq for the 470 (KDSS ideally): do these plates cover the cat? Seen thefts skyrocket lately and was hoping that this would help with theft prevention in addition to protection
 
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Ordered a set from Amazon (free shipping) on Monday and put them on tonight. Wrenching is always a good Friday afternoon stress relief.

Overall, they are much thicker, stiffer, and beefier than stock. Protection for the transmission and transfer case are greatly improved. Fitment and instructions were so-so, and the powdercoating was chipped in a few places. I was able to get the front, middle, and rear skidplates in without any adjustments, but had to partially install the small transfer case skid and then hit it a few times with a 5-lb BFH to get all of the bolts in. Luckily, these allow for oil changes without dropping the front plate (not the case with the factory front plate), so I won't be taking them off very often. I also had to trim the front plastic splash guard.

See the picture below. Ignore the rusty underbelly, that's the next project after rock sliders and headers.

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Yeah this has been an awesome thread. Saved me ~$600 on buying a full set of fancy pants KDSS skids. Ordered last night on Amazon. Would have loved to support metaltech but that $100+ shipping - no thanks!
 
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One thing I forgot to mention is that the two forward-most bolts (front plate into the radiator core support) were M6 in my GX, but the bolts provided by ARB were M8. They are relatively long bolts (70 mm). I ended up drilling out the factory core support and tapping it to a M8x1.25. Alternatively, you could find some M6x70 mm bolts and retain the stock threading. Those bolts were broken in my GX when I bought it, and I subsequently broke another one tightening it with a 1/4" impact driver, so they were too small and had already been drilled out and re-tapped twice, so it was time to upgrade to larger M8 bolts that hopefully won't break off.
 

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