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Old 10-09-2019, 06:11 PM #16
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If you're not cutting weight on every single aspect of your vehicle, the 50-65lbs you save between aluminum and steel won't make a lick of difference in mpg. Not enough to make up the extra $500 you've spent.

If you can cut weight a little everywhere, lighter brakes, removed roof rack, exhaust, etc, then yeah it could actually add up, get the aluminum skids.

Somebody needs to make a set of 1/8" AR400 skids. Slides over rock easily, probably still cheaper than aluminum.
I am trying to cut weight where I can, not for mpgs (lol lost cause) but for overall performance. I can tell a difference in the way it drives with a loaded cooler, camping gear, hi-lift, extra tools/spares, etc. Its slower, the trans is hotter, and it takes longer to stop. 20lbs here, 40lbs there will go a good ways to help offset that.

FWIW, I contacted budbuilt about their skid weights. He said for full sets, the 3/16 steel is 111lbs, 1/8 is 78lbs, and 1/4 aluminum is 58lbs.

But yeah, stamped 1/8 AR400 skids would be tits.
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RCI in colorado makes aluminum skids as well. It doesn't look like they list them on their site any more for 3rd gens but you might try calling and asking. Their prices are reasonable compared to bud-built.
Last time I went on RCI went they offered full set of skids in aluminum. But much more expensive then metal. It all depends what kind of odd tossing you do. If you are just a overlander who drives a lot on road, fire roads and not so much through rocks and other hard obstacles. Then aluminum would be a good choice considering its lighter and better for overlanding. But if you off road a lot and wheel the piss out of it. The. Go with steel.
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Seems like I've only been able to get out in the woods a few times a year. Mine spends WAY more time commuting to work. I want big ass 1/4" steel skids but can't justify it for the same reasons I can't justify tons and 40s.

Maybe the answer is a set of steel skids that spend 95% of the time leaned up against the wall in the basement
I run an aluminum skid on my DD and only get a few chances to really danger them each year.

Aluminum or steel? The best way the question was proposed to me was this - when you come to a line where you may hit the skids do you pick a different line/ drive careful or give it some gas to scrape over it? If you picked a different line you are okay with aluminum. If you scraped over it you need to stick to steel.

My daily driver will stick to aluminum for the weight savings. My rock rig will stick to steel for the strength. Different scenarios require different specs.
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