I recently purchased an Nth degree skid plate from Quadratec, and it finally came in yesterday. So last night, I took the opportunity to install it, since I'm planning on heading out to the trails today. I'm just posting some thoughts and observations.
- The quality looks good, and the welds are acceptable. The finish is good, although I did not test to see if it's paint or powder.
- The fit was good, however I did have to install 2 washers between the skid plate and the transmission. This was expected, their instructions even state that they do this on purpose.
- I'll have to give this one an Ehh. They try and cover to many applications in a single sheet, and they are not overly clear on what hardware goes where because of it. Which brings me to the next segment...
- A worse collection of hodgepodge bolts I've yet to see. They did not include 1/2 the hardware that was needed for my install, and they gave me a ton of hardware that had no use at all. They even mixed grade 8 with standard non graded bolts. I had to run to the hardware store 1/2 way thru the install to retrieve the proper bolt for the engine mount.
The hardware issue makes me not want to buy from Nth Degree again, however the finished product does fit well, and looks like it will take a few hits without failing. It's a shame that the lack of a nut and bolt should be the major detraction for this skid since everything else is exactly what it should be.
Enjoy your day