Skid plate is a metal sheet that protects important parts of vehicles from getting damaged by road debris. As a rule, they are installed on off-road vehicles for protection during outdoor events. This is not a typical upgrade for a regular daily driver. Some vehicles come equipped with the skid plates from the factory, yet such skid plates are installed rather for looks, than for protection.
Skid Plates for Off-Road Trucks
Off-road trucks and rock crawlers usually install skid plates made of 3/16’’ steel, as only strong sheet metal can provide reasonable degree of protection. As a rule, such panels feature bolt-on installation and are installed before the off-road trips.
Skid plates can protect such areas as:
- engine area;
- transmission area;
- transfer case;
- steering box;
- fuel tank;
- control arms.
Bull bars with skid plates
Fans of moderate off-road often select protecting their trucks with bull bars that have got skid plates on them. Such bull bars are also often installed on daily drivers, SUVs and minivans as means of front-end protection against stones, bushes and other road debris that can potentially damage the vehicle.
Usually, bull bars come either in polished stainless steel, or are steel with powder coating. There is a variety of bull bars offered by Bully for the major vehicle applications.