Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ

★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.62/5 Stars. (13 Reviews)
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ
  • Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ



Code: V4RSD-GN

Weight: 41 (steel) | 20 (aluminum) (lbs)

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    The Victory 4x4 Front Skid is designed to protect your truck in serious rock crawling. Removable oil filter panel and oil drain hole make oil changes easier than with the stock skids.

    • CNC cut and formed from 3/16" steel or 1/4" aluminum (mounting brackets will be steel on aluminum option)
    • Frame mounted
    • Works with KDSS
    • Hardware Included
    • Made in the USA
    • Free shipping!

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45 Questions asked on Front Skid Plate | 4Runner (96+), GX (03+) & FJ

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Q Minh Nguyen • 04/12/2020, 0:01:15 AM Will this skid work if I have a diff drop installed?
A 04/17/2020, 6:07:22 PM You may need to drop the skid down to provide clearance. We do not offer hardware for this, however.
Q Henry • 05/16/2020, 9:16:13 PM For the 4th Gen 4Runner V8, Lexus GX 470 how do you select having an oil filter access hole? One of the pictures does not have the access panel
A 05/19/2020, 2:35:51 PM Sorry for the confusion, one of those is an old photo. All of the models have access holes now.
Q mike lee • 05/20/2020, 7:00:14 PM Is the price, for a 4th gen 4runner, for all 3 pieces shown in the picture? (Not the control arm skids - just the 3 pieces from radiator to the transmission tail.) Thank you.
A 05/27/2020, 3:57:49 PM That price is just for the engine skid. Each piece is sold separately.
Q Pono Cavaco • 05/27/2020, 11:35:25 PM If you just install the front skit plate, do you have to take the bars on both sides off?
A 06/01/2020, 10:08:59 AM Could you please e-mail us at [email protected] with some more clarification on this question please?
Q Tony Miles • 06/08/2020, 8:39:19 AM I have a diff drop kit installed on my 5th Gen 4Runner. Will this affect the installation of your skid plate system?
A 06/10/2020, 4:43:34 PM Should work fine with most. The skid can be spaced down for clearance if needed.
Q Brandon • 06/23/2020, 2:19:06 PM Will this work for my 16 trail with KDSS?
A 06/24/2020, 5:36:22 PM Yes, this does work with KDSS
Q Nick • 07/06/2020, 5:16:20 PM Do you sell the protection piece (pictured) that goes over the lower radiator that is in front of the skid plate?
A 07/07/2020, 2:39:07 PM That piece is included with our bumpers.
Q Adam Speigner • 07/20/2020, 9:08:30 AM will the 5th gen (2010) skid plate system fit on the Trail edition?
A 07/21/2020, 11:32:11 AM Yes
Q Kaleb Marske • 07/22/2020, 5:41:54 PM I have 2007 GX470 (V8) and have 2 questions: Can I access the Oil Filter through the removable panel (without removing the skid plate) and the drain plug? Will this front skid work with the factory mid skid plate installed?
A 08/05/2020, 11:01:24 AM Yes you can access the oil filter through the access panel. You can also drain the oil, but we recommend using a small funnel or Fumoto valve to make the process cleaner. We have not tested it with a factory mid skid sorry.
Q Jarrod • 08/01/2020, 10:20:25 AM Do the rock sliders have to be taken off to get these on? In the rock slider install the stock skid plates had to be taken off each side for install.
A 08/05/2020, 11:51:45 AM No they do not.
Q Drew • 08/05/2020, 9:45:36 PM 5th Gen 4Runner - so for front skid plate you DO have to remove the two bars??? Like in second video? To get the plate flush with radiator mount. The first video dude doesn’t do that, but the second does. Which way is right?
A 08/11/2020, 5:22:43 PM We are in the middle of getting new install videos together for the new revision of these skids. Yes you will remove those bars. Sorry for the hassle.
Q Lee • 08/11/2020, 11:24:27 AM What is the weight difference between 3/16" steel and 1/4" aluminum for this item?
A 08/11/2020, 5:32:46 PM Steel is ultimately the strongest and cheaper. Aluminum is lighter and strong enough for most applications, but more costly. For a more detailed recommendation feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Q Melissa • 10/06/2020, 11:44:19 AM What is the weight for an aluminum 06 front skid?
A 10/06/2020, 2:30:39 PM Around 20 lbs.
Q Melissa • 10/29/2020, 4:20:01 AM What's the difference in weight between the steel and aluminum?
A 11/03/2020, 4:03:33 PM The aluminum version is around 25 lbs while the steel is 41 lbs.
Q BL • 11/08/2020, 3:15:45 PM Can the plate be installed as bare steel or will it rust if not painted or powdercoated,.
A 11/10/2020, 5:20:32 PM The steel version needs to be powdercoated.
Q Andrew • 12/10/2020, 11:03:33 PM How does it match up with the winch bumper? Do you have pictures?
A 12/15/2020, 1:34:26 PM On the bumper page there should be some photos of the skid and bumper combo.
Q Ryan • 12/13/2020, 6:24:16 PM So installed the other day and def easier with a lift like in the video! What are all the square holes and the removable plate for? I made the mistake of installing the bolts on the outside of the plate, but no biggy cause will switch when I have access to a lift. Also, the machine bolts I got foe the front don’t have much grip. Could use a washer or swap for hex bolts like rear ones. But love the product! And lastly how can I get the fill plate where the plastic was between old skid and bumper?
A 12/15/2020, 1:53:34 PM Would you mind shooting us an email so we can better answer these questions? [email protected] Thanks!
Q Jay • 12/21/2020, 5:01:58 AM Will the aluminum skid plate come with oil filter access cut out?
A 12/23/2020, 5:37:41 PM Yes
Q Martin Nussbaum • 01/03/2021, 2:52:46 PM Can you send a install doc specific for 4th gen v6 engine? Mine seems to look different than what you have here. There are two "front" skid plates, one is more forward with some screen mesh in it, and one right behind it. What do you have that replaces those two originals?
A 01/04/2021, 11:54:16 AM The look of the engine skid has been updated since the photos. The same skid will be used for the V6 and the V8. The engine skid takes the place of both "front" factory skids. If you have more questions, contact tech, [email protected].
Q Doug • 03/01/2021, 5:20:38 PM I recently purchased one of these for my GX470, but am thinking about getting a GX460 now, will it fit a GX460 too?
A 03/05/2021, 9:30:16 AM It will not, 470 & 460 require a different engine skid. If you have a Mid/transmission skid, or T-case skid, those will work across both models.
Q Patrick • 07/16/2021, 1:13:28 PM Will your front plate work with the factory mid skid plate on a 5th gen 4runner, or do i need to remove/replace them all? Thanks
A 07/23/2021, 11:15:25 AM They work as a complete system. The factory skids won't fit without modification.
Q Patrick Maslowski • 08/09/2021, 9:16:01 AM Will the front and mid skid plate cover the catalytic converter? Trying to somewhat deter thieves... Also is there a discount when buying all 3?
A 08/12/2021, 4:22:04 PM They are not really designed for this kind of coverage.
Q John Mehaffey • 08/21/2021, 7:57:11 PM Can the front skid be used to jack up the front of the vehicle? Similar to the stock skid?
A 09/02/2021, 3:39:52 PM Yes, for best results at the back of the front skid.
Q Eddie • 10/10/2021, 0:45:15 AM How does the steel skid plate vs aluminum skid plate compare as far as protection?
A 10/18/2021, 12:47:50 PM Steel is ultimately the strongest and cheaper. Aluminum is lighter and strong enough for most applications, but more costly. For a more detailed recommendation feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Q David Hebert • 11/11/2021, 6:01:13 PM I have a 2019 4runner with KDSS. Will the front skid fit this configuration? I see it does on older models but want to make sure. Thanks,
A 11/15/2021, 10:39:46 AM Yes, it will work with KDSS on a 2019.
Q Francisco • 12/27/2021, 3:52:35 AM Fits for 4runner trd off road 2022?
A 12/27/2021, 8:57:03 AM Yes.
Q Kevin Chong • 02/26/2022, 8:53:13 PM what is included for $455 aluminum
A 02/28/2022, 9:44:35 AM That will include the engine skid, mounting hardware and powder coated finish.
Q Neill • 05/12/2022, 9:28:51 AM I have an '07 4Runner V8, does the oil door work on it? I ask, cause I have been searching for a way to not have to keep taking off the whole skid plate (already had to retap the bolts 2 times!).
A 05/25/2022, 10:04:52 AM Yes, the current design allows V8's to leave the skid installed for an oil change.
Q josue • 09/19/2022, 5:23:44 PM will this work with the arb bumper?
A 09/28/2022, 3:21:28 PM If you have the ARB skid/stone guard from the bumper to the front cross member you will either need to trim it or our skid for them both to install together. You may also need longer bolts.
Q Jake Miller • 10/12/2022, 1:53:14 PM Does it come with mounting hardware specific to vehicle?
A 10/18/2022, 2:54:59 PM You will reuse your stock front radiator crossmember hardware and it comes with the rest of the hardware that you need.
Q bryan escalante • 11/22/2022, 7:53:39 AM any idea if this will this work in conjunction with the cbi covert bumper?
A 12/01/2022, 10:38:33 AM It probably will not.
Q Wendt • 12/05/2022, 2:16:07 PM Is there a reason the nuts for the access panel arent welded to the plate already? Seems like its adding an unnecessary step in having to reach behind to hold the nuts to remove the access panel for maintenance
A 12/07/2022, 11:08:52 AM We find making the nuts replaceable is beneficial in case of damaged hardware.
Q Tony • 01/04/2023, 4:01:26 AM If I purchase the skid plates without being powder coated, bare steel….will they rust? I love the bare steel look but not if they will rust….
A 01/10/2023, 9:27:03 AM Yes, they will need to be finished.
Q Nathan Nagel • 01/12/2023, 4:12:14 PM Is this skid plate system compatible with the Dobinson (or any) swaybar relocation kit commonly needed after a lift on a 5th Gen 4Runner?
A 01/20/2023, 5:00:44 PM We haven't ran that brand specifically, but it should not be an issue.
Q josue • 03/22/2023, 10:59:55 AM will this work well with the arb bumper?
A 03/30/2023, 3:17:51 PM If you have the ARB skid/stone guard from the bumper to the front cross member you will either need to trim it or our skid for them both to install together. You may also need longer bolts.
Q Shane • 04/05/2023, 5:21:59 PM If I buy just the front skid plate, is it compatilbe with the middle skid plate?
A 05/01/2023, 12:21:32 PM It is not.
Q Paul • 04/06/2023, 10:04:54 PM I have the blitz front bumper for the gx470. How well does this pair up with that front bumper ?
A 04/17/2023, 7:24:12 PM They work great together.
Q Chris Baires • 04/11/2023, 3:53:48 PM Will this fit a 2007 Toyota fj cruiser
A 04/17/2023, 7:24:12 PM Yes, select the drop-down menu option: "5th Gen (10+), GX460 (10+) & FJ"
Q Mark Hastings • 04/20/2023, 12:15:22 PM I have a 2013 4Runner Trail w/KDSS. I wheel mostly in the Moab / Canyonlands areas. The stock skids are taking a beating. My ask is how does your front skid's ground clearance compare to the stock front skid? Seems like most after market skids reduce ground clearance. does your front skid ground clearance compare to the stock front skid.
A 05/01/2023, 12:45:33 PM Like other skids, there is a slight reduction in ground clearance over the stock skid. It's necessary to allow us to design enough strength in the skid for wheeling.
Q Justin Pang • 05/29/2023, 9:03:05 PM Does this cover and protect the catalytic converter as well
A 06/01/2023, 5:39:05 PM It does not, you would want our mid-skid plate.
Q JD • 06/06/2023, 9:47:14 PM Hi, I do not see how to install the front skid plate for 2007 lexus GX470 Does the front part of the skid hook on some where under neat? I do not see a front holes to secure the skid plate in place😅
A 06/22/2023, 11:27:54 AM Please reach out to our technical support team. [email protected]
Q Will • 06/18/2023, 2:14:01 PM In the video and instructions a "diff drop bolt kit" is mentioned. But this did not ship with the skid plate and cannot be found on the website. Is this still needed for install on lifted vehicles? if so where is it available on the website?
A 06/22/2023, 10:49:32 AM If installing with a diff-drop, you would need to space the skid plate down. Here is a link to the one used in the video.
Q Dexter • 07/27/2023, 12:48:39 PM Hello! Just confirming this skid plate will work on a KDSS 4Runner. Also, does the plate cover the gap between the bumper and where the stock skid begins to protect the radiator? Thank you!
A 12/01/2023, 10:37:24 AM Our engine skid plate is compatible with KDSS. It mounts to the bottom of the radiator support, it does not cover the front of the radiator.
Q Adrian • 10/02/2023, 10:25:04 AM Does the skid plates for the 3rd Gen 4Runner protect the catalytic converter enough to deter thieves? Thanks.
A 10/13/2023, 11:40:08 AM It may act as a deterrent, however the catalytic converters are still somewhat accessible on the 3rd gen.
Q sarah shumaker • 01/21/2024, 10:59:47 PM I have a 2006 v8 4runner.. so I would buy this engine skid and gx470 transmission skid and they fit together correct?
A 01/23/2024, 2:21:45 PM yes, that is correct.
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Some Details Could Be Improved
| March 10th, 2023
Plate has a good weight to it and I expect it to perform well. The install and usability is compromised by Victory's decision to not weld the nuts for the oil service hatch to the skid plate. Instead, you have to awkwardly hold them in place while you thread the fasteners. These should be tacked in. Same goes for a few primary mounting points. Spending a few extra minutes on the mfg would take this plate from good to great.
Note From Victory 4x4: Thank you for the review! We have forwarded your comments to our engineering team.
Great Skid, poor access panel
(MD) | December 25th, 2022
purchased early november 2022 received mid December 2022. great turn around time for shipping. The skid is built very well. the installation of the rear side is a little intensive on the floor under the vehicle but doable. My main gripe that took off 2 stars for me is the access panel. trying to fit your hands behind with the skid bolted up is impossible unless you have sticks for arms. bolting up the access panel was the worst experience and I dread the day i have to do an oil change and remove it for access. There must be a better design for that panel, I know i’m not the only one deterred by it and i know quite a few people who after seeing mine decided not to go with victory. I have loved victory for all the other products i’ve purchased but on this one I’d probably do more research and try a different route
Not the best for GX460
(TX) | October 10th, 2020
I was originally trying to hold out for BudBuilt's GX460 skids, but got impatience and purchased a full set of Victory skids for my GX460. Unfortunately, after install learned that the front skid was not going to be compatible with the Ironman Classic bumper and I'll have to fab some custom brackets to get my bumper all put back together and working w/ the skids. The bigger issue though is that while the website states these are compatible with KDSS, it appears that is not actually the case for the GX460. After install and basic freeway and in-town driving I noticed there is contact being made between the front skid and the kdss system. I've confirmed with another person as well that they had to cut the front skid to allow for more clearance for the kdss. Pretty disappointing... Be prepared for some frustration and not a direct bolt up on a GX460
Note From Victory 4x4: We apologize for the issues with your KDSS. We have made some incremental changes to these skids so they fit a wider variety of use cases as well as having some more flexibility with KDSS.
Please note: Install videos are meant to be used as a guide, and aren't always the most up to date information on product installation and improvements.
Please be sure to read the PDF installation instructions as well.

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