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Freakin' Skid Plate Removal

Okay, so what's the trick for getting this skid plate off and back on again without having to jack the thing up 6 inches?

The Armada is the highest vehicle I've ever owned, and the ONLY one that seems to require being jacked up to change the oil.

Okay, enough griping. Any tips or tricks?

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Not sure why your jacking up the Armada to change oil, I removed all the skid plate bolts slightly pushed up and forward and the skid plate drops down out of the way, just make sure your on level ground. This works great on the 2010.

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If it's not 4x4 you gotta jack it up cause it's lower, I no cause i cant get to mine unless i jack it up or put it on a ramp.
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Mine is a 2012 4x4, but the way the thing is shaped the back of the plate has to drop way down below ground level for the two screw tabs in the center to drop out of the body. I'll take a picture or two tomorrow to show what I mean. I don't know the jargon to describe what I'm talking about. There's a very narrow slot that these two tabs have to pass through to drop the plate, and they have to be angled just so to do it, and that doesn't happen without dropping the rear of the plate so that it is almost vertical... if that makes sense.

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I remove mine without jacking the vehicle. Loosen the two rear bolts, remove the two front bolts, slide the plate forward off the rear bolts and remove.

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Just don't put the skid plate back on. It's merely a cosmetic part and the truck will drive fine without it.


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Do NOT remove the rear bolts, just loosen them. The skid plate is grooved so it will just slide forward out of the rear bolts.

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Just leave it off... Mine fell off on a highway several months ago and I figure it's more of a pain to mess with than not.




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I remove mine without jacking the vehicle. Loosen the two rear bolts, remove the two front bolts, slide the plate forward off the rear bolts and remove.
There are six bolts in my skid plate, and no sliding forward is going to happen. The two front bolts are on tabs that are angled almost 90 degrees to the plate, and must be threaded through a slot (which means angling the plate down at nearly 90 degrees) before the tabs can be pushed up to where they need to go.

The two extra bolts are attached to angle brackets that must be removed in order to drop the plate to get those angled tabs out. Here are pictures:





Not sure this helps.. but that gap is about half the length of the tabs, so the tabs have to angle to thread through the gap, behind which there is enough room for them. That U-shaped cutout is there to allow a socket extension to get a socket dead on the screw that holds in the plate.

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Ehidle, Mine is nothing like that, not sure what changes were made between 2010 and 2012 but I don't have the angles. Did mine sorta like scr38 said...Strange

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