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Trying to decide on skids and after reading the thread in the Blue room, it's real hard to decide other than price. So I was wondering if I could get a little more insight to those that have them and what you like and dislike.
 

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I have a full set of Bud Builts and really like them.

I feel safe knowing they are under there.

They fit perfectly and are very stout.

Bud is really helpful as well.

They are not cheap, but well worth the price IMHO.

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Bud's the best. No comprimise in any way on those babies. I just took mine down today for some repair, all I needed was a 5 pound sledge and a chunk of wood. These sukas are stout. as for the price, anyone in the lower 48 is gettin a deal in my eyes, I think I paid 700 for shipping alone to the islands. Wouldnt swap em for anything though. As was said already, Bud is one of those people that are a pleasure to deal with.



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I have Demello right now, but I may go with MAF when I get the Marlin box.
 

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I've been spending a lot of $$ on my FJ in the past month (thank you IRS) and decided to replace the factory front skids. Cash was beginning to run out, I went with the less expensive All Pro front skids and the rear link skids as well. The front skids seem pretty solid and weigh in at 45 lbs. Unfortunately, I haven't hit the trails since they were installed, but I'm hoping to test them out this weekend in Anza (assuming the photo trip happens).

I'll let y'all know how they hold up after we get back.
 

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Thanks.....It is kind of a toss up between Buds and MAF.
I've got a set of Bud's for my brother's 4runner and a set of MAF's for my FJC.

If it's down to those two, if you have an aesthetic preference, go that way. Or toss a coin. For all the "Bud is the only way to go" garbage you hear, I'd put my MAF's up against Bud's any day. And I use them more than most do. In fairness, I think they're pretty equivalent. I don't think you can make a mistake either way. (I'm not going to say "MAF is the only way to go" just because I run them.) But be careful: Bud's do seem to come with a potion that you drink when you buy them and after that you no longer have any ability to make rational comparisons :D
 

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I'm looking at the MAF's just because of the shipping cost. I can Drive to Simi Valley cheaper.
 
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I'm going against the grain and when I can, I'm getting All Pro when it's time to get skids. Mainly because of the lower cost, but also because I don't wheel all that much compared to the rest of you. I wheel mainly in desert settings, and don't rock-crawl or do deep mud/water crossings. Mainly prerunner stuff. So, I think AP will fit my application just fine.
 

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I have the AllPros all the way back including the link skids but not the weld on diff skid.

Went on perfectly, everything lined right up. Very high profile which is nice.

They have never failed but I havn't really dropped it on anything at this point, just lots of dragging and scraping.

Oh yead, I also have this great looking AllPhase diff skid protecting a spot on my garage floor since it was made wrong and wont fit on my FJ. Any bids? :)
 

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I have the AllPros all the way back including the link skids but not the weld on diff skid.

Went on perfectly, everything lined right up. Very high profile which is nice.

They have never failed but I havn't really dropped it on anything at this point, just lots of dragging and scraping.

Oh yead, I also have this great looking AllPhase diff skid protecting a spot on my garage floor since it was made wrong and wont fit on my FJ. Any bids? :)
How was it made wrong?
 

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But be careful: Bud's do seem to come with a potion that you drink when you buy them and after that you no longer have any ability to make rational comparisons :D
I think it's a mind controlling chip sending out micropulsed messages up through the frame and into the cab. It gets louder as you hit rocks and stuff. heheh.
Well you are right, there are a few great products to choose from. but I think that most people who own something usually say it's great and try to sway others to get it too. just an observation.



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How was it made wrong?
I was one of like 75 people on the blue board that got into a group buy for this item. The response was so overwhelming that AllPhase had to sub out the job to a large fabrication company. The whole process took about three times longer than it should of because of the unexpected damand. When they finally shipped, the U bolts that were formed and welded to the plate were too narrow to fit around the shaft on the front of the diff and the loose U bolts that were to go around the axle housings were too small as well. Worse, their were wide variations in the actual measurements, some actually fit, but only a few. Once the problem was detected, the fab shop sent out shipping labels to everyone and offered to fix the problem, (I was slow on sending mine back, too busy with other stuff). When people got the replacements, they still did not work, bad angle on the U bolt. So now we have been told to hold onto our skids until they figure out if they should just remanufacture from scratch rather than trying to redo the existing skids.

I pretty much think I am out my money at this point.
 

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i have the all-pro front skid and trans skid and rear link skids. I like them and have beat them pretty well and they have just scratched and rusted. i think i will be getting rid of them soon though to get some full under belly protection rather than just the front.

Funny thing is, i am thinking the same thing... buds or all phase.....
 

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I have All Pro. These are designed by a World Champion Rock Krawler. They are lighter and stronger than needed. The design is to protect not make it too heavy and cumberson. The more the under protection weighs the less clearance you have normally. All Pro's are high off the ground.

I just recently did the Hammers with my FJ. I do not have a single scratch on any of the main skids. The trailing arms and the shock protectors got hit. No dings on my bumpers either.

Jon stands behind his product and is continously testing and trying to develop the best out there. Weight is a factor on these vehicles. More than adequte for me to do the hammers and I doubt I will ever do anything anywhere near as tough again.

Totally satisfied with my All Pro set up and would highly recommend it to anyone. Bumpers were designed with close to the body angles for less hitting on climbing over things. Bigger and bulkier is not always the answer. Clearance and less length make turning and manuvering easier.

Now the Rock Rails took a beating and are scarred beyond belief, but that is what they designed them to do. No body damage at all.

Just my humble opinion.
 

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GTKrockeTT said:
alright guys, i'm going to be the guinea pig for those aluminum rasta plates...anyone care to join?
I had a prerunner pickup in the early 80s with aluminum skids and loved them. Light and strong. I liked the look of the rastas as soon as I saw them and would probobly go for it too if I didn't already have the AllPros
 
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