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Eric
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If you would like to read about the development of this product from concept-to-completion please click HERE. You will also find more pictures of the skid after being coated, "installed" pictures, and some crude load/durability testing pictures.

Price: $159.99 + shipping

Ordering process:

Condensed version:

Email me at [email protected] with your name, shipping address, and whether you want the skid with/without mounting holes.

1-2-3 detailed version:

1.) Just click on my email address above or in my signature line, simply tell me you would like to purchase the transfer case skid plate, specify with or without mounting holes, provide the address to which you would like to have the product shipped, and what priority shipping you would like (ground, 3-day, 1-day, overnight). USPS ground shipping is the least expensive and typically takes 2-9 business days within the continental US.

2.) I will reply to you with a PayPal invoice with the total amount due, including shipping to your supplied address, and a 48-hour window to pay. At this point, you can opt to pay the invoice or simply not respond. The invoice will expire after the 48-hour window. The invoice you receive contains a direct link to PayPal and payment can be made with a credit card, debit card, or any method of payment accepted by PayPal right from your PC/phone/tablet. It's very simple and secure.

3.) Upon receipt of your payment, I will ship your product within 24-48 hours and send you a confirmation notice and tracking number.


Feel free to post back in this thread with any reviews on the product, good or bad. I want everything to be very open and honest. If you didn't get what you expected, I want to hear about it and make it right. If you loved it, likewise, I want to know. :thumbup

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Now, let's "feature-and-benefit" this thing:

To start, this is an engineered product. It is CNC cut, CNC formed, and welded by AWS D1.1 certified welders right here in Phoenix, AZ USA. However, there may be slight variations from item to item due to the manufacturing process. We try to keep our tolerances within 1 degree on all angles/bends and 1/16" on all measurements.

Here's what you'll see when you first open your package and dig through the top 2 cubic feet of pelaspan. :toothless The hardware bag contains: 4) grade 8 yellow zinc 5/16" bolts, 4) grade 8 yellow zinc washers, 4) grade 5 zinc locking nuts (serrated backside), 1) Protector Tab, 1) 10 Ga. cold-rolled steel skid plate w/ 1/4" P&O Warren-style truss and reinforcement ribbing:


Upon unboxing the skid, here's what you'll find as some of the highlights:

The entire skid has a very light coat of rust-inhibitor oil/film for shipping purposes.


The outside of the skid has been D/A sanded to lighten the tooling marks and soften the articulation lines for better adhesion of powder-coat/paint if the customer so chooses.




Interior weld placement and quality (all welds deposited by AWS D1.1 certified personnel):





The skid plate will not have mounting instructions. Yet. A set of detailed instructions are currently being developed. Due to the various frame/transmission combinations used and factory production overlap drilling 3/8" mounting holes in the frame may be required.

For '87-'91 applications with a C6/AOD transmission, the skid plate mounts directly to the factory location. No modifications are needed. For any models with an E4OD transmission, mounting instructions are the same as for '92-'96 models. However, due to an assembly line production overlap, some '89-'91 models will have an older frame with an E4OD transmission installed. In this case, (2) or (4) 3/8" holes will need to be drilled in the bottom of the frame rail, depending on which frame/transmission combo you have.

For '92-'96 applications, the skid plate will need (2) 3/8" holes drilled into the bottom of the frame-rail. The BXF skid plate front holes are mounted to the location of the factory skid plate's rear holes. While the skid is being held in place by the two front bolts, two holes can be drilled, using the rear skid plate holes as a guide, into the frame rail. The reasoning for this can be found in the link to the development thread above. If you have any questions regarding this, please don't hesitate to post in this thread or email me directly.

BXF offers a skid plate without mounting holes, as well. This application is designed for those with "customized" mounting needs. However, this particular product is not eligible for returns post-install. If you have any questions about any mounting issues, please contact me before putting any tools to the product.

The Protector Tab included in the hardware bag is intended for use by customers who anticipate their vehicle being subjected to "harsher-than-average" wheeling scenarios. It bolts the bottom of the transfer case extension housing and is used as a load distributor in the event a severe impact deforms the skid plate. It is intended to prevent the edge of the Warren trussing from coming into direct contact with the transfer case housing and possibly damaging the case. Its installation is optional and at the customer's discretion.

Disclaimer and installation note: This product is intended for use as a "performance-grade" replacement for the factory skid plate. It is NOT to be considered "competition-grade" or used for extreme maneuvers in which the skid plate will be subjected to direct, unconventional, abuse. In addition, the BXF skid plate is intended for off-road use and installation requires the removal/relocation of the secondary catalytic converter on factory systems for clearance of the trussing. However, the BXF skid plate will allow the use of up to 3" single or dual side-by-side exhaust routed through the factory location. Damaged motor mounts or sagging/slightly mis-routed exhaust systems that result in the exhaust piping hanging lower than the factory location may cause installation issues. Please inspect all components prior to ordering.

Thanks,
Eric
 

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Eric
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Discussion Starter #2 (Edited)
Quantity on-hand and ready-to-ship (I will try to keep this updated as accurately as possible):

With mounting holes: Please see below.*

Without mounting holes: Please see below.*


*Orders currently being taken/fabricated on an individual basis with no stock on hand. Please expect a 2-3 week lead time as I am exhausting most of my efforts tying up existing projects with other aspects of my work. If I am unable to meet your requested production deadline, I WILL NOT take your money or accept a "pre-payment". That is not how I do business and would be doing a disservice to you, as a respected customer, if it was. Thanks guys.
 

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Hey Silver,

They guys were talking up your skid plate last weekend and piqued my interest. After reading your post though I see that removal of second cat is required which I really don't want to do at this time. Can I modify it to allow for the cat without compromising structural integrity?
 

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Hey guys, emergency situation: I was working at my desk, which has a hutch above it, and opened one of the doors to reach my log book. The book slipped out and smashed my laptop right over the location of the hard drive. Laptop won't boot up now and I'm trying to do everything off my phone. I think the hard drive is trashed. Please be patient if it takes a little longer to get back with you than usual. As much as I had on there, this is a VERY bad situation.
 

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Eric
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Hey Silver,

They guys were talking up your skid plate last weekend and piqued my interest. After reading your post though I see that removal of second cat is required which I really don't want to do at this time. Can I modify it to allow for the cat without compromising structural integrity?
Unfortunately, no. The skid body articulates upwards to provide significant ground clearance over the factory skid. In fact, clearing the secondary CAT is one of the reasons the factory skid hangs so low.

The BXF skid would have to be heavily modified to clear the CAT.
 

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Thank you for the quick response Silver, hope the hard drive isn't a catastrophic failure!

Crawled under the truck and looked at the cat situation, I think this will work without modifying your work of art. PM me when you're up and running again!
 

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Eric
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Wow Eric! Nice stuff there. I had no idea you were fabricating Bronco parts! Best of luck to ya!<img src="http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/images/smilies/biggthumpup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" /> Brian
Thanks Brian! Bronco parts, among other things... :toothless

Over the next few years there will be several products released. Assuming my hard drive didn't get smoked on my laptop. :cry
 

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Thanks jermil! Took long enough to get it out, though. I remember you were like the 2nd post in the development thread. Waaayyy back when... :brownbag
 

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Okay guys... there's been a newly-discovered contingency regarding the installation of the skid plate on '87-'91 models:

It is no longer a direct bolt-on for '90-'91 models that have an E4OD. When Ford first started installing the E4OD transmissions they used up their old chassis stock which had the skid plate mounting holes drilled for the AOD/C6 drivetrain. The E4OD is a longer transmission and moves the transfer case further back. However, the newer skid plate mounting hole locations that account for this in the '92-'96 models are not present in some of those older frames rails.

Therefore, drilling will be required for any '90-'91 chassis that use the E4OD transmission. When I learn more about this, I will post further details.

Sorry for the inconvenience. When we test-fit the skid on a '90 Bronco, it had a 5.8/C6 combo. I completely forgot about the E4OD being introduced just prior to the '92-'96 gen. To anyone running into this issue, currently, please contact me.
 

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When will you have more without mounting holes for sale? Due to my radius arm setup I’ll have to figure out mounting.
I have to order more materials and pricing is insane right now in the steel industry because of all the regulations the gov't is imposing. It fluctuates on a daily basis. I was trying to wait it out a bit until prices came down and stabilized.

There are pics in the last couple pages in the development thread of a member with a custom RA set-up and he stated that he believes he could have used the skid model with holes. He was the one that ordered the only skid without holes, so far. You might want to check out those pics and see if you have a similar situation. You may be able to get away with a "with holes" model. If not, let me know and I can get on ordering more materials. As the skids are not moving as fast as I anticipated, it was difficult to justify another production run in the near future. I can figure something out though. :thumbup
 

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I have to order more materials and pricing is insane right now in the steel industry because of all the regulations the gov't is imposing. It fluctuates on a daily basis. I was trying to wait it out a bit until prices came down and stabilized.

There are pics in the last couple pages in the development thread of a member with a custom RA set-up and he stated that he believes he could have used the skid model with holes. He was the one that ordered the only skid without holes, so far. You might want to check out those pics and see if you have a similar situation. You may be able to get away with a "with holes" model. If not, let me know and I can get on ordering more materials. As the skids are not moving as fast as I anticipated, it was difficult to justify another production run in the near future. I can figure something out though. :thumbup
Thanks for the response, his pictures really help. I took pics of mine to compare. My radius arm mounts are different and further back on the frame possibly (or maybe my trans mount is further forward). I know the stock skid wouldn’t bolt up because of the radius arm mounts. With that being said, I’ll just go with the one with holes. I may have to modify the front part of the frame mount on your skid but it’ll certainly be close.

My last transfer case met its demise on a rock and this looks way better than what I was going to build. I’ll email you to get the ball rolling. :thumbup
 

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Thanks for the response, his pictures really help. I took pics of mine to compare. My radius arm mounts are different and further back on the frame possibly (or maybe my trans mount is further forward). I know the stock skid wouldn’t bolt up because of the radius arm mounts. With that being said, I’ll just go with the one with holes. I may have to modify the front part of the frame mount on your skid but it’ll certainly be close.

My last transfer case met its demise on a rock and this looks way better than what I was going to build. I’ll email you to get the ball rolling. :thumbup
I wish I would've seen your post before sending you the invoice. Based on what I can tell from the pic, you may have to do some heavy modification to the skid. The trussing and body should be okay, but the mounting lands will probably need some serious "love." Your RA's are further back than in the pics I directed you to.

Just mock it up before you make any cuts and if you decide it won't work we'll get a return going. I'll be interested to see how this particular install goes. I wasn't expecting the level of "custom application" inquiries I've been getting emailed about. :whiteflag
 

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I finally mounted the skid plate. I put some pictures in my build thread of the cuts. Let me know if you think I should add anything to the frame mounts.
It looks like you did what you had to in order to make it work on your custom set-up. Without seeing it firsthand it's hard to tell what could be done to reinforce it. It looks like you left the trussing ribs intact as much as possible. This is where the skid derives most of its strength and you will have maintained a degree of protection by not messing too much with them.

I appreciate the kind words in your build thread post and wish I could provide more feedback, but without putting eyes on it personally, it's hard to do. I would say it's still stronger than the stock skid-plate, even after all the mods, if that helps at all. :toothless
 
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