Steering Box Skidplate Install

When I ordered the Tomken from Summit Racing, I decided to order the steering skid as well. Since the free shipping offer starts at $50 and the steering skid was $49.95, I woulda had to pay shipping if I ordered it later. Cheapness prevailed and I waited anxiously for their arrival.

UPS was late getting here - about 7 p.m. - but he finally showed up and dropped off a box and left. My wife called me down and said my package had arrived.

Package ?

I was expecting two, but hey, they coulda packed 'em together. So I looked and thought it was awfully small for a gas tank skid. About the time I was reaching for the phone to call Summit, in roars the UPS truck again with the second box.

So I changed clothes real quick, called my friend John to come over to help and went out to start. The steering box skid looked like it would be a breeze to install. Boy was I wrong.

Steering skid kit

Here's how it goes:

First remove the left lower bumper bolt. Then take a 1/2" drill bit and egg out the hole on the bottom of the steering box hanger thingie. Drop a nut in and hang the skidplate up there. One problem - the bolt just barely caught on the threads of the nut. But it held.

Now install the supplied bolt fer the bottom of the bumper. Didn't fit right, so I used the original bolt. Now with that in place, you drill one more hole in the bottom of the bumper and use the self-tapping bolt.

One problem. My drill bit was so dull I coulda gnawed through it faster. I finally got the hole the right size. Started working with the self-tapping bolt and it wouldn't. So I had to drag out the tap&die set and tap the hole. Then the bolt went in easy. Really easy. Too easy. Dang bolt was just undersize of what I needed. So back to the junk drawer in the toolbox and I found the right sized bolt. At least the lock washer fit.

Next day I headed fer the hardware store and got a new long bolt - 1/2 longer than the original. Too long. I hadda cut off 1/4" fer it to fit and not bottom out on the steering box mounting sleeve. But it's mounted up now, protecting my steering box from any renegade rocks, tree roots or Honda Civic lowriders I happen to climb over.

Steering skid in place

    Some points to remember:
  • Sharp drill bits are good.
  • Dull drill bits are bad.
  • Dried mud in your eyes hurts - but does come out eventually.
  • Safety glasses are good.