1) Will your trailer hitch skid plate fit my truck?
Our skid plate was specifically designed to fit most Jeep's, Truck's and SUV's. But, with so many variations in receiver hitches, it's impossible to accommodate all vehicles. Please check our vehicle compatibility page for more details.
2) What size hitch receiver do I need?
Our skid plate is designed to work with a 2 inch or 2-1/2 inch receiver. For a 2-1/2 inch receiver, you'll need a standard reducer sleeve 2-1/2 inch to 2 inch. You can find reducer sleeves at local or on-line hitch outlets.
3) How wide is the skid plate?
It's 12 inches wide. This gives significant protection to your vehicle but limits lateral stresses on your hitch receiver.
4) Is the skid plate removable?
Yes, just pull the pin and the skid plate slides right out.
5) Is your skid plate made for off-road use?
Yes, our skid plate is heavy duty steel and designed specifically for off-road use.
6) What does the skid plate protect?
Our skid plate is designed to help protect any part above the skid. Examples include - your safety chain rings, bumper, back-up sensors, spare tire, exhaust and more. Obviously, each vehicles protection will differ. We guarantee our skid plate for quality and workmanship.
7) Can I stand on the top edge of the skid plate to reach my roof rack?
Yes, I stand on mine all the time. Do this at your own risk.
8) Can I pull with the skid plate?
The skid plate is extremely strong, but it's NOT recommended for pulling. Just pull the pin and change over to a D-Ring shackle or standard hitch ball.
9) How thick is the steel?
One quarter (1/4) inch thick plate steel.
10) Is the skid plate bent or welded at the angle?
Each skid plate is bent with a 127 ton press brake to maintain maximum strength at the most common ground impact point. The skid plate is then MIG welded to the 2 x 2 inch shaft and reinforcement brackets.
11) Is the skid plate powder coated or painted?
You can order the skid plate unfinished (paint it yourself) or powder coated.
12) Will the skid plate bend?
It's unlikely, but with a significant impact, even thick steel can bend. Mine has been on the the extreme trails in Moab, Utah and in Ouray, Colorado with nothing more than scrapes. The bottom plate is designed redundantly to stop if it's bent up against the receiver.
13) Does the leading edge plow?
No, the leading edge of the skid plate sits significantly higher than your differential (rear end) preventing plowing. See the Jeep drawing on the first page, notice the angle of the hitch skid plate. Obviously, there's an exception, if you bury your 4x4 in deep mud. In that case, remove the skid plate before going mudding.
14) Do you ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or other countries?
Yes, we ship for free to Alaska and Hawaii. Please contact us directly to make special arrangement for shipment outside the United States. These terms can change at any time.
15) How does it protect my rear tire?
Watch the video on the first page.
16) How are payments processed?
Payments are processed as Bradbury Consulting (the parent company of Skid Mark 4x4).