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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-24-2008, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Skid plates 05 Rhino good/bad/etc

I tried just about every search phrase I could think of and came up blank with any feedback on various brands.

I already have ProArmor A Arm gaurds and had a small issue with the mounting hardware failing on the first sign of a trail. However one call to their customer service and new hardware was in my hands prompty and it's lasted well ever since.

I've currently got the engine out doing a rebuild and the poor undercarriage has gone through hell here in the tight rocky/woody east coast type riding it's been doing. The stock skids for the most part are still in tact, but barely. I'm just looking for some feedback positive or negative on any brand manufacturer of full skid kits. I'm leaning towards ProArmor again, but would probably get the Warn setup if it wasn't so much $$$$. The DG with it's lack of holes seems like it would trap alot of mud and debris and make cleaning difficult and this is a concern with the Warn stuff too.
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Pro Armor makes nice stuff and like you mentioned they stand behind it. If your at all handy why not make your own? If the motor is out of it tip it over and go nuts. Some 3/16 or 1/4 aluminum would last forever!

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i have pro armor full skids and they are great ! good luck with it .

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check with capt az, Chris is his name and he sells a nice set too for good price
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check with capt az, Chris is his name and he sells a nice set too for good price

Thanks Dorian,

Yes, we have a set aluminum replacements for the 04/05's. The front is actually a 2 pc to make shipping more affordable, the rear is included in the set too. They are not on our web site but are available, $140 shipped.

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check with capt az, Chris is his name and he sells a nice set too for good price
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I run the warn skidplates. They seem to be holding up fine so far after about 6 months of riding. They were a pain in the ass to install. I like the side protection they have. They cover very well.

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Pro Armor makes nice stuff and like you mentioned they stand behind it. If your at all handy why not make your own? If the motor is out of it tip it over and go nuts. Some 3/16 or 1/4 aluminum would last forever!

this idea is the best by far...

with mine the stock cheesy rear diff skid ripped off cause its just thick plastic... i needed something fast to go out the next weekend, i got a thick sheet of aluminum, measured and cut!

saved me 90-100 bucks from buying a new aftermarket aluminum one, i spent 20 bucks on the peice of aluminum, so i think 2 hours tops of your time is worth 70-80 bucks right?
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Thanks Dorian,

Yes, we have a set aluminum replacements for the 04/05's. The front is actually a 2 pc to make shipping more affordable, the rear is included in the set too. They are not on our web site but are available, $140 shipped.

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I ended up going with the Pro-Armor skid pans and they held up very nicely banging over rocks and such. The lower cross members were so trashed with the stock skids that I had to spend about an hour with a large crescent and extension to pry everything back into place so the new skids could bolt up with ease. Really made it nice.

To top it off I rolled the damn thing at over 30mph on a gravel road. We were riding into the setting sun with a bit of dust and I didn't see a 12" rock jutting out of the road just in from the shoulder/ditch on the inside of a curve. Saw it about 2 seconds too late and it put us up in the air sideways with a roll/flip combo landing on all 3 wheels as the front left spindle snapped clean off and trashed the outboard CV as soon as it hit the ditch on the first impact. Trashed the stock roll bar and bumper, but the lower frame is straight as I can tell the the Trail Logic suspension and diff braces kept everything in place.

Now I just have to figure out what to do for a roll cage. Gonna replace the spindles with Fabtechs and she'll be ready to roll again.
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