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Old 11-08-2019, 03:29 PM #1
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OEM Engine front Under Cover ("skid plate")

I took off my front skid plate today and this piece came tumbling out, rusted off. Can anyone tell me the purpose of it? It has bolt holes, but I didn't take any bolts out of it, just the 4 bolts to drop the skid. I can't see anywhere that it would attach to on the frame.




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It is the part of the front skid that 'bumps' up to a frame member so you can jack the front of your 4Runner with a (proper rated) floor jack. In other words, it is a reinforced jack point for your vehicle...so, leave it off (non critical) and don't jack up your 4runner there.
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Looks like it held in moisture at that point and rotted away...should have been designed better by Toyota.
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Makes sense, I'll just leave it out when I put the cover back on. Thanks for the quick reply.


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It is the part of the front skid that 'bumps' up to a frame member so you can jack the front of your 4Runner with a (proper rated) floor jack. In other words, it is a reinforced jack point for your vehicle...so, leave it off (non critical) and don't jack up your 4runner there.
very interesting...
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Floor jack and jack stands

4th gen pretty much the same.
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Just put a hole in that area so that if you need to jack it up, it goes straight to the frame.
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yes jacking reinforcement.

& looks like you need a new skid plate... holy rust holes batman!
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