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Are the trails team edition factory skid plates and rock sliders any good. I may have come accross a good deal on a trails edition fj but I want to know if I am just gonna have to replace the skids as soon as I take her out.

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It really depends on what you plan to wheel. I wheeled the Rubicon with a couple of the FJ Trail Teams trucks recently and their TT edition skids plates are beat to shit. If it were me, I would skip the skid plates from Toyota and buy a set from BudBuilt.

As for rock sliders, I'd skip the Toyota ones and buy some aftermarket sliders. I run the Demello sliders and they work just fine.
 

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I have a TT SE FJC and the skid plates are a joke. I'd prefer rock sliders with a kick out and the stock roof rack sucks as well.
 

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I plan to wheel it, but probably never out to Rubicon.

Light to meduim trails, and desset stuff.

I took a look at the TTE FJ this evening. The sliders looked pretty stout, but yeah, the skids looked pretty wimpy.
 

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Lt to Med wheeling with the stock "rock rails" should be fine. I ran mine for the first year and half with those and did Moab, Tellico, Morris Mtn, Gulches. They did their job, then I got a deal on some Metal Tech sliders, which are the bomb diggity!
 

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I've had the OEM sliders since day one and they will serve you well for easy, moderate and even hard trails if driven with care. Kickouts would be nice for the crazy stuff. The OEM skids are sheet metal and will slide over stuff, but are not designed for serious impacts or dragging the weight of the vehicle over obstacles. I upgraded to Buds, and have never looked back or worried about pushing the undercarriage. The accessory skid offered by Toyota is just that... an accessory, so beware. Check out the skid comparison in the latest FJCMagazine ( http://www.fjc-mag.com/ ), or the Rasta article in 4WDTO magazine, or this sticky:

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/15359-complete-skid-plates-comparison.html

For the vast majority of off-road driving you will benefit more from driver skill, awareness of the vehicle and a good spotter, but it never hurts to be prepared!
 

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I've had the OEM sliders since day one and they will serve you well for easy, moderate and even hard trails if driven with care. Kickouts would be nice for the crazy stuff. The OEM skids are sheet metal and will slide over stuff, but are not designed for serious impacts or dragging the weight of the vehicle over obstacles. I upgraded to Buds, and have never looked back or worried about pushing the undercarriage. The accessory skid offered by Toyota is just that... an accessory, so beware. Check out the skid comparison in the latest FJCMagazine ( http://www.fjc-mag.com/ ), or the Rasta article in 4WDTO magazine, or this sticky:

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/4x4-off-road-tech/15359-complete-skid-plates-comparison.html

For the vast majority of off-road driving you will benefit more from driver skill, awareness of the vehicle and a good spotter, but it never hurts to be prepared!
Thanks for the great info. I ended up not getting a TTE, but an FJ with the off road package, so I am gonna be ordering either the Budbuilt skids and sliders or the Allpro's.

Thanks! Looking forwrd to wheeling this machine.

John
 
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