Originally Posted by Jbray333
...Since the existing skid plates are designed to shear off the attachment bolts (and have done so numerous times already) the system seems to be working as designed. Only change I want to make to current design is to drill 1/8" holes in the plates and attach keeper cables to keep from losing one again.
Post script to this thread...
I haven't drilled holes for keeper chains yet (it's on my list) but I did refurb our skid plates and got extra bolts for when the inevitable shear-off occurs. Bolt specs are in the pic.
One thing I noticed in this process is that the existing holes in the plates were not drilled perpendicular to the plate (quality...). Therefore upon switching one plate for the other or perhaps flipping in place, they wouldn't let the bolts pass through cleanly. Rather than trying to figure out which plate originally went on which side or with which end facing forward, I over-drilled the holes to straighten them out.
That's potentially worth knowing / checking in advance unless you potentially want a bit of extra hassle on the road (the first time I tried to wiggle the original hex bolt through the stubborn hole, I eroded the threads and ruined it).