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Rob @ BudBuilt Off Road
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Came off a 2’ ledge, slammed a big pointy rocky and banged my way down. It was a bad situation where I basically had to shoot the gap like in a buggy. Just in a really steep area, with some very big boulders, and mud. But... it gave me some ideas for new products

Hit the slider... HARD
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the kicker saved the side of the truck from a granite rock wall
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The stainless steel transfer case skid saved the front of the fuel tank. The 1/4” aluminum fuel skid saved the bottom of the tank.
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The SPC .188 DOM control arms are the weak link in the set up. Honestly, I’ve hit the factory ones hard and felt they held up better.
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Shock guards saved the BP-51s... again.
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I got off trail I though I broke some badly. My steering wheel was a little to the left. My alignment cam tabs are 1/4” fully welded steel (unlike the 1/16” tack welded factory tabs which are a joke). So I just don’t loose alignment.

Finding the rear axle is not centered anymore is the issue, and I’ll a new control arm on the lathe real quick, which will bring everything back to happy.
 
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@Taco2Cruiser Hi Rob- Besides the ss transfer case skid and the 1/4” aluminum fuel skid, are the rest of your skid plates (front, engine, transmission) stainless steel or aluminum? Curious of your skid plate setup. Thanks.
 

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@Taco2Cruiser Hi Rob- Besides the ss transfer case skid and the 1/4” aluminum fuel skid, are the rest of your skid plates (front, engine, transmission) stainless steel or aluminum? Curious of your skid plate setup. Thanks.
I run an aluminum front skid, and stainless steel engine, transmission and transfer case skids.

I just don’t hit the front skid due to my wheeling style. If I hit the front skid (or ARB bumper), the 200 will never get over the obstacle. So that has to clear no matter what. So what happens is I can see from the drivers seat what will, and will not clear the front skid. From there I just avoid anything that comes at my front. But I make my engine to transfer case just have to deal with what is coming.

I first choose an aluminum front purely because I wanted to see what aluminum could handle under the 200. If I had to do it again, I’d choose the same materials over. It has just worked for me.

That said, it won’t be the perfect solution for everyone.
 
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