Apr 29, 2015
2001 SE 4x4 manual- needing a front and engine/tranny plate
Please let me know the price range
When using Google and typing in "2001 Xterra skid plate," the first 4 options are really the only options... As for personal experience, I don't have any. But if you're wanting to know the price, that's your best bet.
All 2000 - 2004 plates are interchangeable.
Rocky road outfitters are making some awesome skids. I have there sliders and having nothin to be good things to say about them. They also have combo prices for their skids, or if you need sliders and skids, they have a bundle package too.
Front skid- $139
I liked the skid rows I had on my first gen...
Got Shrockworx skids.
I'm HARD on them and there excellant.
Be prepared to wait.
I had skid-row skids first, as they were all that was out, back then. I later replaced them with Shrockworks, except the gas skid....which was the least damaged.
Overall, the Shrock skids were better, but, the differences were minor except for the t-bar area. Shrock's t-bar protection was better than skid-row's.
Both had very good powder coat, both were well made, neither really addressed the exposed bolt head issue except for the U-Bolt method for just one of the (front) plates.
I have not seen Rocky Road's skids in person, but in the pics they look the same as the others for the most part....a good thing really. How they fasten relative to protection of bolt heads, etc, I have not seen, but it can't be worse than the others I would think.
My new skid row skid plates after the instal.
My less new Skid-Row Skid plates, after the instal and some use.
As you can see, the plates did their job, and took hits that would have been taken by the rig itself, etc.
I forgot to take pics of the before/after for the Shrock plates, but, for the same use, they would look similar if you want to just imagine it. For the Shrocks - The bolt holes were less ripped/wallowed, the t-bar areas protected what they were supposed to, and they were otherwise very similar.
Buddies who had the S-R plates did have t-bar damage that caused the t-bars to be scarred/replaced and/or knocked from the anchors, etc. That didn't happen with the Shrocks due to the added coverage.
I'd like to see the Rocky Road ones, and what their coverage looks like.
(I'm sure I'll need the third set one day, etc...)
TJ is right about the skid rows not extending as far to protect the t-bars. However, that never bothered me as i never took a hit on a tbar that wasnt at least first deflected by the skid. AND, I was able to adjust t-bars without taking it off. between sliders and the skid, the t-bars were vulnerable only to a direct hit from a rock small enough to fit between the two.
Oh, and the solution to the exposed bolt head issue is to use buttoncap heads. Still not perfect, but better than hex heads. Just make sure you get the super hard variety.
The buttons are harder to tighten, really hard for some locations, but worth it as far as damage resistance. Some have used rock washers, which are not too bad either.
Neither skids came with those though, and I had to source them separately.
Ideally, I'd make a set with recessed bolt locations, but, for a mass produced plate, the costs to do that would be cost prohibitive for most people.
On the t-bar protection, a lot depends on your terrain. My t-bars were scarred up from rocks with the S-R skids, and were protected by the Shrocks...and I've done enough trail repairs on buddies who also had S-R plates and had t-bar damage...which was actually why, when I busted up the S-R plates enough to be too hard to keep re-attaching, I went with the Shrocks instead...which fixed that problem.
As far as skid working though, again, they attach about the same, both use good 3/16" steel and good powder coat...so most would be happy with either make of skid.
I'd still like to see someone with Rocky Roads in person though....options are always good.
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