Installation Time: Afternoon
June 28, 2017
Excellent Skid Plate
The XRC Engine and Transmission skid plate is great. It is very heavy gauge steel and well-constructed. The pictures in the installation instructions could have been better, but I have installed similar skid plates before, so I had no trouble. The skid plate powder coating was well done and even, and no edges were exposed. Everything necessary for the installation was included. The hardware included could have been a bit better quality, and it would have been nice to have better protection for the bolt heads. They also could have done a better job positioning the oil change panel - where it is, a 3.8l engine is going to spil oil onto the skid plate rather than through the hole when changing the oil. I would recommend getting a oil drain valve so you can avoid making a mess.
Last weekend, this skid plate hit several stumps and rocks. I was surprised to find that I did not even have to touch up the powder-coating (I did on my XRC evap canister skid though). Nothing bent and the hardware did not even come loose. Nice job Smittybilt!