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Front skid plates?

Does anyone know where to buy front skid plates for rangers? I was looking at my truck today and thought that one would look good on it. I've looked all over the internet but can't seem to find any.

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Superlift makes one, or some came on the FX4's.

Besides that, its custom
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i say skid plates are way to bro
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any 4x4 offroad rangers wil have a front skid, along with transfer case and gas tank skids
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^^ I beg to differ. My 04 xlt 4x4 has no skids
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haha
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they were hit and miss on whether or not you get any skids or not. To the OP, for your truck I would say, see if you can find a stock front stainless skid they had for I think 98 through 00 or something. At some point they went to black
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will the 98 ones fit on a 04 with little to no modification?
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should bolt right up
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as i said the 4x4 OFFROAD rangers had the skids, does your truck have the word "offroad" under the 4x4 symbols on the bed
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some offroads rangers had them they stoped them in 01 i thank then they only came on level twos
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Thanks guys I'll start looking for a used one or I might see about fabbing one up. My buddy's FX4 level 2 has one that came from the factory thats black and it looks good on his.
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For the money that you probably would spend on one of those you could have one made that would/could be a lot stronger for a cheaper price.
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So you post a prerunner which has a skid plate and a 3rd gen? Wow...

As for the guy who said they came on 4x4 OFF-ROAD (if you guys got the OFF-ROAD part) that is correct. I'm not sure what other years had them but the 98-00 had them and then the FX4 Level II's. My 99 4x4 didn't have any skid plates but my 98 4x4 (NOT OFF-ROAD) has the t-case skid and the gas tank skid but no front skid. Just another one of those Ford hit and miss things I guess....
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Just so you know the factory front skid plates are extremely weak. The stainless one is weaker than the black one as well. They buckle so so easy. Use your money to have someone build you one.
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Just so you know the factory front skid plates are extremely weak. The stainless one is weaker than the black one as well. They buckle so so easy. Use your money to have someone build you one.
This is true. I dented my factory front skid at Pismo in like 5 seconds, It barely bumped a SOFT sand pile. I swear the thing would bend if I look at it wrong
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I don't know if the OP does any offroading (he can correct me if I'm wrong) so no need for beef.
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The only off roading I get to do is around the farm through the fields and back wood trails lol so nothing like you guys probably do. I'm just looking for something that looks good and covers up the front end underneath. If I can find a factory one that would be fine But I'm going to look into making one or having one made.
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hmmm maybe i should add one of these on my truck.. i can get oodles of aluminum diamond plate and have it bent and everything for free as my dad builds these so getting material isnt a problem. and Kingfisher boats too.

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the only skid really worth a damn is the gas skid.. and that's cause its pretty hard to actually hit.

the t-case skid on mine has taken a beating but its pretty tweaked now, along with the tranny cross member heh. Now i gotta build something to protect the t-case and tranny cross member before i rip it off.

I would say build some if you want them to take any abuse, but if you just want it for show then find a blingy stainless front one.
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