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Who wants underbody skids? I have had a solid conversation with BudBuilt!!!

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OK, I just hung up with Bud. He is totally willing to design and prduce full underbody skids for the Gren. Calling all North Carolina owners. He needs a truck for a day or two and he is in (Hudson, NC) near Hickory, NC. Is anyone willing to part with their Gren for a couple days to allow him to take measurements and build a prototype? Please let me know ASAP. If all the NC guys are not interested, I will ship mine up there, but this is a fallback position. Please let me know.

I have had BudBuilt skids on two of Toyotas (4R and LC) and they are totally bulletproof. DM me or respond. I will be glad to get you my cell so we can discuss the details. Please go check out his work. He has been in business now for 25 years.

 

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OK, I just hung up with Bud. He is totally willing to design and prduce full underbody skids for the Gren. Calling all North Carolina owners. He needs a truck for a day or two and he is in (Hudson, NC) near Hickory, NC. Is anyone willing to part with their Gren for a couple days to allow him to take measurements and build a prototype? Please let me know ASAP. If all the NC guys are not interested, I will ship mine up there, but this is a fallback position. Please let me know.

I have had BudBuilt skids on two of Toyotas (4R and LC) and they are totally bulletproof. DM me or respond. I will be glad to get you my cell so we can discuss the details. Please go check out his work. He has been in business now for 25 years.

I was just up there 2 weeks ago :cry:
 

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There are supposed to be factory ones coming out at some point.
Any ideas what the factory ones are going to be made of? What's the delivery timeline on these? I am still waiting on blanking plates for the RAI....Typically, the factory ones are not strong enough to support the vehicle's entire weight. These are solid, 3/8 steel. He also offers aluminum, great for weight reduction but they will still bend. My biggest concern is the plastic transmission pan, fuel and brake lines that are exposed. I like the additional weight low as it allows some offset to a RTT or anything else that might be high on the vehicle. Sure, it will impact MPG, but it's a give and take. I'd rather burn more fuel and get home than worry about getting home, hiring a tow truck to pick me up in the dark corners of the earth is a different level of cost.
 

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Wow, 78 views and nothing? Bump!
 

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If I had a truck, I’d be happy to do it from upstate, SC😂🤷🏻‍♂️
 

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FWIW, another NC company has a vehicle currently and is in the process of the same (and other products)... Plenty more coming soon from stateside vendors!
 

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Budbuilt kit is solid. I wish Shrockworks out of Houston hadn't gone belly up during lockdowns.
 

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Budbuilt kit is solid. I wish Shrockworks out of Houston hadn't gone belly up during lockdowns.
Definitely, no disrespect to BudBuilt, definitely a strong name
 

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No disrespect sensed, @anand. Coming from Toyota you'd know their history. I am curious who you are working with though!

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PM me as well please. I’ll most likely go with BB but always curious about what’s out there.
 

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I like the idea of 3/8 steel plate. I wonder if they plan steel diff guards?
 

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Anyone have a Gren in North Carolina? Please reach out as we need to see if we can get this set up.
 

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OK I am going to give it about another month then I am shipping mine up to Bud Built. I hope that in the next month, some of you that are interested will go the https://budbuilt.com/ site and take a look at the thickness, steel quality, and read some reviews on their performance. Google “Budbuilt skids” see what you can find out. I will tell you that aluminum will not adequately protect the undercarriage of the Gren. I am not talking about Rock Crawling. I am talking about standard trails in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, and several other states. Rugged trails that are used every day. Good luck, and happy trails.
 

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I’ll try and figure a workaround. Can’t recall the PW.
 

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I’ll try and figure a workaround. Can’t recall the PW.
This is what it says on Smugmug when I hit, “Need a hint”: Hint: first two san carlos grandmothers nickname last two ….not sure if that helps you 🤷🏻‍♂️
 
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