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Old 08-29-2022, 05:48 PM #1
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CarTrimHome TRD Skid install for KDSS

I got delivered today my TRD skid from CarTrimHome for my 18 TRDOR W/KDSS. Seems like there are a lot of positive/negative reviews about installing these, especially on the KDSS ones, so thought I'd make a thread on what worked for me.

I went initially off this from Trail4R for the install, but he was installing on an SR5. I like his reviews and page, but not sure why he was installing that skid on a non-KDSS version. Because of that, his install was different than what I did and you can see from the comments that people had trouble, especially with the support bars and if you can install with them. With that said, CTH is no help on the install either. It came with no instructions, no links to correct installs, which hardware/spacers to use where, etc. Delivery took a week.

https://trail4runner.com/2021/07/23/...h-gen-4runner/

The skid seems very similar to the OEM one, same thickness, color, etc. Only difference is the TRD logo which is a little smaller. Nobody would be able to tell without looking up close. Big bonus to the CTH one is the oil filter door, so looking forward to that next time I change the oil.

CTH does offer a discount code for 7% off that I got for reaching out to them on Facebook: Kingsev7.

Otherwise, it was a really straightforward install.

1: remove OE skid/plastic splash shield
2: Remove the frame supports. This is where Trail4R differs. This would not fit otherwise. But, the skid now offers that support whereas the previous one did not. I'm not super concerned without having them as a lot of the aftermarket skids/bumpers remove them.
3: Longer bolts and big spacers go on the front and shorter bolts and just a set of washers go in the back. This was another point of contention. They screw into the frame support holes, NOT the original skid holes.
4: Push in TRD logo letters

Took about 25 minutes beginning to end. Overall happy with the look, ease of install, and what quality it seems to have for a price <$250 to my door. No issues yet hitting the KDSS, but I haven't done more than a quick rip around town. The pistons seem to be spaced enough.





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Nice and accurate review. I just installed this skid on my 2022 TRD ORP. Nice fit and finish, but the real reason for buying the CTH is the oil filter access panel. The TRD pro plate on my previous 2018 did not have the access panel and the dealership rarely got it installed properly after oil changes. We'll see how this goes. Mine shipped and arrived within a week. Hardware included 2 sets of spacers. I used the longer ones up front and initially used the shorter ones in the back...nope, no spacers needed in the back.

Easy install and visibly the same quality as the TRD pro skid. Won't be long and it'll have some dings/scratches like my TRP pro skid did. Oh yeah, email CTH and he'll send you a 7% off coupon code.
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I just want to add that you donít need to remove the black splash plastic cover to install this. Your able to tuck black splash shield and use the longer bolts provided to put it back on. Makes it for a more Oem look.
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Nice and accurate review. I just installed this skid on my 2022 TRD ORP. Nice fit and finish, but the real reason for buying the CTH is the oil filter access panel. The TRD pro plate on my previous 2018 did not have the access panel and the dealership rarely got it installed properly after oil changes. We'll see how this goes. Mine shipped and arrived within a week. Hardware included 2 sets of spacers. I used the longer ones up front and initially used the shorter ones in the back...nope, no spacers needed in the back.

Easy install and visibly the same quality as the TRD pro skid. Won't be long and it'll have some dings/scratches like my TRP pro skid did. Oh yeah, email CTH and he'll send you a 7% off coupon code.
Good call on the discount code. I used it as well and added it to my post. Weird yours came with two sets of spacers as mine only had the one. Was yours the KDSS skid as well? The rear definitely does not need spacers. Everything lines up with the other skid. Some of the comments I read were that there wasn't enough clearance for the KDSS pistons with the spacers CTH gave installing the bolts in the way I did with the longer bolts and spacers in the front. However, I feel the spacers I did get are bigger than some of the others I saw in pics. Maybe CTH has since updated it since the earlier ones and are shipping with bigger front spacers.

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I just want to add that you don’t need to remove the black splash plastic cover to install this. Your able to tuck black splash shield and use the longer bolts provided to put it back on. Makes it for a more Oem look.
Good call on that and good to know. I was going to go back and try to put that back on even if I had to trim it.
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My CTH hardware package included two 1-1/2" spacers with nylon and regular washers and bolts which I used up front. Also included were two 3/4" spacers, washers and bolts which I did not use. The longer ones seem to be fine and give plenty of clearance for the KDSS. The CTH skid also integrated nicely with the new SSO slimline steel bumper and RCI integration skid plate.
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