This is a gas tank skid plate weld-together kit for the 3rd generation (1996-2002) Toyota 4Runner. The 3rd gen 4runner has a notouriously vulnerable gas tank that hangs down low in front of the rear axle. After enough off road use, it’s normal to see reduced fuel capacity and a gas gauge that no longer functions properly or at all. Not to mention the driveshaft interference issue where the driveshaft attempts to rip the skid plate off on trucks with 3″+ of lift. This skid plate solves all of these issues. The 3/16″ steel or optional 1/4″ aluminum construction makes this skid plate nearly indestructible while the inner profile has been shaped to provide maximum driveshaft clearance. Additionally, all of the mounting holes are slotted, allowing the skid plate to be installed and then slid as far away from the driveshaft as possible to further increase clearance.
As for welding, with everything designed using CAD software and then CNC laser-cut to size, the pieces fit together perfectly and this makes for a very simple assembly process. All kits come with detailed instructions with plenty of clearly labelled diagrams that are made using cutting-edge CAD software. This bumper kit is well within the ability of a novice welder and many customers have purchased it as their very first welding project with great results! This is made possible by the clean parts fit-ups and thick material. These are two factors that make welding significantly easier. Welding is one of those skills that is easier to learn than you may think and once you can do it, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it. Alternatively, many individuals buy the kits and then have a local welder assemble it for them. Even in this case, it typically ends up being less expensive than buying a pre-fabricated bumper – especially after considering the lower shipping costs of our kits vs. fully assembled bumpers.
All skid plate kits ship within 3-7 business days.