They aren't wimpy, especially the one covering the transmission and transfercase. It doesn't hold up the full weight of the vehicle, but it isn't intended for that. Its meant to prevent damaging of the case which is exactly what it does.
And to be honest I'd like to see you bend that 40+ pound skid plate by hand.
mine are all gone and missing, any reason why PO would not have put them back on (its a stock LC), or maybe the previous mechanics didn't notice they were supposed to go back on? WTF, or where they just not std ?
Thanks guys. I can't get mine on because they interfere with Jim's (Solid Rock Off-Road) sliders and it also interferes with the h55/split case that I just installed. I wonder if Kevin's skid plates would work better. I'll have to ask him.