mine did the same thing. started out just rusted what i thought was a little but took it offroad and ripped almost the whole thing off, had to get creative with some rope, bungies, and duct tape to hold the gas tank in for the ride home. watch out, that skid is the only thing holding your gas tank in. theres 2 straps that basically hold the top of the tank to the skid to keep it from bouncing around but the tank really just sits on the skid. if the bottom of the skid is gone theres nothing holding the gas tank in except the fuel lines and the fill line. the earlier tank skids were bad but the later ones were ok. i put a 2003(i think) on mine and its actually fairly thick. got it for 50$ on ebay. aftermarket will run you 200-350 depending what you get.