redrilling the holes isn't going to solve the problem. it completely did not fit because of how it was "reshaped" by the seller. Parker and his dad were going to call Bud to work something out about getting one that fit without having to pretty much re-fab it themselves - kind of sucks being as it was sold under the pretense of 'good condition'.... That'll end up being one expensive skidplate I guess. Not everyone is capable or eqiupt to do fab work (even something as simple as drilling), that's the problem here, if you buy something with the expectation that it will fit, and it doesn't... then what...? We spent a good bit of time talking about it with them sunday evening. Hopefully we'll get it all worked out, as that's a sour way for a 16 year old kid to learn about buying used from a 'trusted' forum like ga-ttora.
i don't think (not going to use names) the seller is to blame for the skid? He clearly stated that it had never been put on his truck. All he can do is post it the same way he bought it. I guess trading Bud skids (and letting him fix this one and resell it) woulnd't be terrible. But Bud's are 3/16, thats what my skid is and i didn't use a drill press, just used a regular drill. If they don't have a handheld drill and a few bits they could buy a drill and bits cheaper than what they could ship all the stuff back to Bud and get the new one for. Thats why i'm sticking by redrilling the holes. Honestly, its what i would do, and its what 90% of the people i've talked to about this have said also. it really won't be that hard, i promise.
You will need a hand-held drill, several bits, punch, and WD40 to help keep the bit lubbed up and a sharpie to mark where the holes need to go.
Parker i'm not trying to say "tough titty" to you or anything Bud, honest. All i'm trying to say is, with used skids, this happens. Even if you get another from Bud, use it, take it off to do your oil or something, and try to put it back on; it is going to be tough to get back on. Granted it might be easier than this one, but regardless they are a pain to put back on, straight or bent. I just think taking this up with Bud and getting a replacement would be a waste of money after already paying a decent price for skid and belly. Just keep them and MAKE them fit. Ultimately i woulnd't call drilling re-fabbing, i don't know how to express how easy to drill the holes would be (scaled of 1-10, it would be a 8.5), but it will also save you a crap ton of money unless Bud was willing to trade straight up or something