I REALLY like the bud builts. yes, there's _some_ clearance loss, but the peace of mind knowing that when ever you come down on a rock and knowing that the bud builts will save your ass is enough for me. Looking at the clearance thing... any loss is minimal under the parts you really need to protect, and the palaces where the budbuilts remove clearance, are places you don't want a rock anyways cause moving forward or reverse you're about to do damage to something you dont want to (tcase, drive shaft, gas tank, rear axle/diff).
Yeah, Bentup got bit, unfortunate, but reality.
I've yet to hear of a plesant dealing with All Pro, most have issues with wrong parts, lengthy ship times, etc. I think that if your order enough stuff (spend enough $$) they pay better attention because I know that alot of people run their stuff.
For me, calling and talking to bud himself was enough customer service in my book. He normally makes slight modifications to his products happily and at no charge. One thing to consider with Bud Built tho, is that we had to notch a skid for YanMan because of the headers he was running dropped just a touch too low. Turned out ok I believe. I have the stock exhaust and the cat tucks nicely above the skid.
I haven't seen a gas tank skid that I thought would bring the same peace of mind, but I haven't looked that hard. Never had a problem with it till Moab when I tagged it a little (not enough to dent the tank itself, just the cheap-o stock skid)
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