I just installed the All Phase 3/16" belly skid that's been sitting in my garage for two years. http://www.allphaseoffroad.com/products.html?id=5
I decided to finally install it after last weekend (instead of selling it). When I was hung up on that rock at Sevenmile last weekend, I jarred my transfer case drain plug enough to loosen it up. I was horrified when I noticed the leaking on my garage floor. It now occurs to me that transfer case protection is absolutely essential for 120" wheelbase vehicles.
The drain plug got mangled, so I replaced it with a new one and new gaskets from Pedersen Toyota ($8 for everything) and drained and filled the case while I was at it ($8 more bucks).
I had to improvise and create some new holes in the skid, thanks to the inconvenient position of my sliders on the frame. A single visit to Ace Hardware for some misc. washers, and I was good to go. Thanks for the drill, BTW Doug; my battery powered one would have taken a week.
Fully installed, this thing seems tough. I can feel the additional rigidity in the frame while driving. The fit is excellent, the tolerances are beautiful. This is a well crafted piece of powder coated steel. Heck, it's downright purdy.
The low side of the transfer case is a mere 1/4" above the top of the skidplate though, and I wonder if anybody else has such tight clearance with their Budbuilts or what-have-you. Under the truck, laying on the floor, I can hang on the drive shaft and bounce real hard and make the t-case contact the pan. I took the truck through some pretty bouncy terrain and articulated it every which way, and didn't notice any vibration or noise from contact. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about the possibility of the skid touching the transfer case if I were to, say, catch some air or something.
Any input from anybody? My options are to use a grinder and remove some metal from the skid where it would otherwise contact (maybe dish it out up to 1/8"), or I may install the piece of stout rubber that came with the OEM t-case "skidplate", which will result in constant contact, but cushioned all the while. Any advice is welcome.