i'll have to look into a skid plate
does that mean one that goes over the radiator cover and etc, or something bigger...maybe like a westin bull bar or etc[/QUOTE
Well if you have a problem hitting deer while offroading, get a westin bullbar. Theres two options for skidplates, no three.
1. Buy a stock ford skidplate and bolt it on. I guess it could be strong..
2. Buy an aftermarket skiplate and bolt it on. Make sure it is strong. Also, you could get a strong one fabbed up at a metals shot.
3. Make a prerunner bumper for your truck, and then get a skidplate built for it. Then the skidplate would be very strongly mounted, as well as encompassing more of the truck, so your whole front end would be hopefully bullet proof.