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Anyone know if the radiator and engine skids are interchangeable? Found these on craigslist and need to know for sure before I pull the trigger.
 

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Anyone know if the radiator and engine skids are interchangeable? Found these on craigslist and need to know for sure before I pull the trigger.
Nearly certain they are the same (Rad, Engine, and T case that is). The gas tank skid should be the only one that is different.
Rad, engine, transmisson & gastank are same. Transfer case is different for hefty. Shrock lists them all as same...

I'd check with BCBrian as he moved from Fronty to Xterra, but for the radiator & engine you're good.
 

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The Transfer case skid is the only one that is different (shorter). I swapped my skids from my Frontier to my Xterra and had to modify the transfer case skid.
 

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Factory 4x skids:
radiator - no idea depends on bumper mount
oil pan - same
transfer case -same
gas tank - I believe this is different as the Shrockworks has different mounting brackets based off of vehicle.

Shrockworks
radiator - same
Engine/Dif - same
transmission - same
transfer case - different frontier is longer
gas tank - same plate but uses different mounting legs for the plate.
 

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Clarification - if you are referring to the factory sheet metal skids then they can be used on either vehicle. To be honest, they are so weak that I just figured you had found some aftermarket skids for sale. The stock t case skid mounts with 3 bolts along the leading edge with no other support and will bend on the 1st hit. If you can find 2 radiator and engine skids, do it and double them up. The stock skid set also does not include a transmission skid which leaves a 'hole' in between the engine and weak tcase skid. With the aftermarket skid set, you end up with much more complete protection that allows the vehicle to slide over rocks rather than getting hung up.

I have Hefty skids and they fit except the transfer case and 1 bracket for the gas tank skid which is different. Fortunately, I had been shipped that bracket when I originally bought my skids for the Frontier... so I was able to bolt it right up. Forgot about that difference....

I hope that helps.
 

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Thanks, I don't plan on doing any super heavy off roading for a while. Just want a little extra protection for some mild offroading.
 

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For what its worth, apparently all frontiers come with a radiator skid from the factory. And the rear drivers side mounting bracket for the gas tank skid is different for the frontier and xterra. Now I have to figure out how to mod the bracket to make it work. The engine/oil pan skid is exactly the same on both xterra and frontier.
 

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Clarification - if you are referring to the factory sheet metal skids then they can be used on either vehicle. To be honest, they are so weak that I just figured you had found some aftermarket skids for sale. The stock t case skid mounts with 3 bolts along the leading edge with no other support and will bend on the 1st hit. If you can find 2 radiator and engine skids, do it and double them up. The stock skid set also does not include a transmission skid which leaves a 'hole' in between the engine and weak tcase skid. With the aftermarket skid set, you end up with much more complete protection that allows the vehicle to slide over rocks rather than getting hung up.

I have Hefty skids and they fit except the transfer case and 1 bracket for the gas tank skid which is different. Fortunately, I had been shipped that bracket when I originally bought my skids for the Frontier... so I was able to bolt it right up. Forgot about that difference....

I hope that helps.
Just a correction: The factory Tcase skid actually uses 5 bolts for install. I installed the factory tcase and engine skid the other day. I agree with your other statements. The factory skids would only be good for gravel roads and the occasional jumpy armadillo. Aftermarket is the way to go for "actual" protection.
 
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