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Old January 27th, 2008, 12:27 PM
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Is a 5mm aluminum gas tank skid plate thick enough? I have 4" lift every other rockware and SG skid plates on my truck, but the gas tank skid plate was stock. I have never hit anything with it and there is no rust on the under carriage, but since they are delicate, I wanted better protection.

I bought one on eBay that was advertised as 10mm and it turns out to be 5mm. The guy was not out to cheat me, I am sure it was an over site. I've already emailed him, just waiting for a reply.

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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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I would think so. 5mm of pretty much anything except lead is a good deal of metal. The stock wing protectors are 3mm, and they're pretty strong.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 02:02 PM
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Is a 5mm aluminum gas tank skid plate thick enough? I have 4" lift every other rockware and SG skid plates on my truck, but the gas tank skid plate was stock. I have never hit anything with it and there is no rust on the under carriage, but since they are delicate, I wanted better protection.

I bought one on eBay that was advertised as 10mm and it turns out to be 5mm. The guy was not out to cheat me, I am sure it was an over site. I've already emailed him, just waiting for a reply.

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It's not strong enough, at all. I have a .25in 7075 AL skid and the thing looks like it was hit with an IED. 5mm is .197 or a little thicker than 3/16th. If you have every other skid plate on your truck you are coming in at 5k or over total weight. Drop that on your skid and you will go through it and the tank.

But it's all irrelevent if you never hit it. I don't know what kind of wheeling you do so it may not be an issue for you.
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Its probably better than rusty stock...
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Its probably better than rusty stock...
True. But anything is better than something, depending on what you compare it to.
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Oh, Aluminum! I thought he said titanium! Yeah, thats it.
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I have not heard from the seller yet, but with some good research, it may be a Slickrock Fab, 3/16 Stainless Steel skid plate, powder coated black. With the powder coat it is just over 3/16. It has slight magnetic properties.

I have compared it to all of the major manufactures I could find.
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I have not heard from the seller yet, but with some good research, it may be a Slickrock Fab, 3/16 Stainless Steel skid plate, powder coated black. With the powder coat it is just over 3/16. It has slight magnetic properties.

I have compared it to all of the major manufactures I could find.

If it's steel, your fine!
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Scott,

Feel free to send me a pic and I will see if I can tell if it is one of mine.

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Thanks Dave... I will do that tonight.
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I was thinking about dropping my skid plate and welding some plate steel to the bottom. Seems like a cheaper alternative than buying just a thicker copy of the original. Any thoughts?
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The problem with keeping the original and welding to it is that the original was crap. It is thin and rusts quickly. I would be shocked if you dropped yours and was able to reuse it. Most look ok from the bottom, then you get it out to find the retainer bar rotten away.

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pics of the skid plate

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5mm would be fine if steel. Just a hair under 1/4". The one you posted looks just like my Slick-Rock skidplate, which I would recommend in a heartbeat.

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Looks like Dave's skidplate.
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Dave Lucas just responded... It looks like things turned out well. Thanks for everyone's help.
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