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Thread: Kilby is in business - Who wants their skid plates?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ldub View Post
    Wasn't disagreeing with you, just telling you what's likely coming next...

    And they're called "tools & spares"...not zombie sh...tuff...

    And I hadn't used the word "treatise" in a long while...
    I know ... but I hadta mis-use whatcha said as a segway to rip on your skull/zombie motif.

    Quote Originally Posted by VX KAT View Post
    and hey, it's only 150 lbs...not 300!......makes it much better, dontcha think?
    Ida know. I hefted Ashley's before install. I think I hurt meself lifting one of the boxes so ...


    Put a smiley after you say that Bub.

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    Tom keep in mind that we replaced the OEM front skid plate and cross member so the Kilby's aren't a direct weight add - maybe more like 100-125 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vt_maverick View Post
    Tom keep in mind that we replaced the OEM front skid plate and cross member so the Kilby's aren't a direct weight add - maybe more like 100-125 lbs.
    ROFL - That crossmember & front skid combined weigh 7 lbs max. Yer still talkin 143 lbs of added weight.

    Again, I'm not dissing Kilby or any of you that bought the skids. I think they're great. If it weren't for my diff drops, I woulda considered it. I've been hung up on a diff before & completely crushed my oil pan before (neither on the VX thank goodness).

    However, I just can't wrap my mind around 150 lbs of skids & another 100 lbs of winch that'll never be used. Get them to use them ... not for show.

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    Still don't see how it's that big a deal - you add that much weight by adding a single passenger and the VX doesn't cough up blood. And the rated max load weight is way higher than 150-200 lbs. I never noticed a significant performance difference after I added them.

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    It's not. I'm just playing 'devil's advocate'.

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    How difficult is it when you have to get your vx maintained?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pointup View Post
    How difficult is it when you have to get your vx maintained?
    There's a cut out for the oil filter. I had all my fluids changed in the tranny/diffs/tx case before I installed the skids, so I'm good for a long time.
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    My mechanic had to remove the skids on my old VX a couple times to do repairs / diagnostics, and he said it wasn't a big deal if you have the right tools.

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    Talking

    Quote Originally Posted by vt_maverick View Post
    My mechanic had to remove the skids on my old VX a couple times to do repairs / diagnostics, and he said it wasn't a big deal if you have the right tools.
    Like, uhhh...wrenches & shtuff?.........

    I'm sorry Mav, I tried not to do it...

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    The countersunk bolts require a square bit, not sure what you call it exactly, but it's not something your average Joe might have in his tool box. The other issue is that the middle plate is REALLY heavy so it helps immensely if you have another person to hold the plate up while you turn the bolts (ask Tom).

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    Quote Originally Posted by vt_maverick View Post
    The countersunk bolts require a square bit, not sure what you call it exactly, but it's not something your average Joe might have in his tool box. The other issue is that the middle plate is REALLY heavy so it helps immensely if you have another person to hold the plate up while you turn the bolts (ask Tom).
    Ahhhh...that makes sense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vt_maverick View Post
    The other issue is that the middle plate is REALLY heavy so it helps immensely if you have another person to hold the plate up while you turn the bolts (ask Tom).
    Nope - ask Ash. He's the one that ended up with the smashed finger.

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    After having a skid plate drop on my chest, I found a larger style floor jack makes the install/uninstall very easy if you get the jack centered on the plate.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom4bren View Post
    Get them to use them ... not for show.
    I'm tempted to take some pics of my skid plates... I could see some definite scrap-age in several places after my 2009 Moab trip. I really got the skid plate to protect the low hanging transfer case, its the last thing you need to smash across a rock while on a 4x4 trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VXorado View Post
    After having a skid plate drop on my chest, I found a larger style floor jack makes the install/uninstall very easy if you get the jack centered on the plate.

    That's how I smashed his finger.

    I'm tempted to take some pics of my skid plates... I could see some definite scrap-age in several places after my 2009 Moab trip. I really got the skid plate to protect the low hanging transfer case, its the last thing you need to smash across a rock while on a 4x4 trail.

    Don't want no pictures of your nether reagions
    We're on the same page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom4bren View Post
    We're on the same page.
    ...maybe the same page of different books

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