1. Transmission Skid plate (the missing link)
2. Fuel Tank skid plate and mounting hardware.
5/22/23: please be aware at this time transmission skids are in stock and fuel tank skids are in production. Transmission skids will ship within a week of order, combo skid package pre orders (2 piece) will ship together in 4 weeks.
This kit is the bare minimum in recommended armor. Protecting your transmission pan, exhaust system, catalytic converter and fuel system from rocks, sticks, dirt and dents. A dented or cracked transmission pan can end the trip or leave you stranded, a pinched exhaust can do the same thing. Denting your fuel tank permanently decreases your fuel range and could stall the engine. Worse than those factors are the growing rates of fuel and catalytic converter theft. Owners of the Montero have likely observed the tank has a drain. ADD skid covers that. Owners may also notice the largest of the factory catalytic converters is easily accessible on a lifted truck without an ADD transmission skid plate covering the cat, preventing theft. Either way you look at it, you're protecting an investment for years to come.
Material Type Options are:
1. Superleggera Series
American Made high strength Aluminum Skids, an upgrade from the flimsy
stamped steel units that came from the factory, the transsmision lacks
any coverage and the fuel tank is only covered in the middle with an
easily bent pan. This armor is suited for the average off-roader, it
will protect against rocks, sand, mud, logs and debris, it's not suited
for rock crawlers but suits most users. Out of Stock
2. ADHD Cold Rolled Black Zinc Powder Coated Steel. Not
Stainless, but not far from it. These heady duty skids are in the HD
line of our products. Designed for hardcore off-roaders, expedition rigs
and overland vehicles with increased weight, thus needing a higher
tensile strenth sheet of steel under their belly. The finished units are
black in color, an anti-corrosion protection that allows these skids to
bolt on immediately.
3. ADHD Stainless Steel Skids The
toughest of the bunch. These used to be the only skids we made but they
were too expensive and a bit overkill for a lot of people. These skids
will absolutely take a beating and keep shining on. (currently sold out)
This kit of essential armor pieces didn't exist until 2020, neither did the essential worker. Many of us logged thousands of miles in 2020 while our friends and family worked from home (if they were lucky to keep working). This kit was intended to provide essential armor while keeping the cost low and the vehicle light and fuel efficient for the daily drive.
Your Montero came from the factory with a front skid to protect the sway bar, and an engine oil pan skid plate, which also protects the front differential, it also came with a narrow fuel tank skid plate that leaves the edges of the tank exposed, it even got a transfer case skid plate. The factory skid plates are all made of basic stamped sheet metal, but they're better than nothing! Which is nearly what the Gen 3 came with, only getting a front skid... yet this leaves a giant weakness exposed - the transmission pan!! The pan of the transmission is made of fairly thin material when you consider putting the weight of a whole truck on it. Our skid plate bridges that gap with 'the missing link' transmission skid plate.
The ADD fuel tank skid can be used to layer over the existing steel skid adding extra coverage, a better look and more rigidity to the set-up. The transmission protection fits underneath the Transmission Pan. It bolts to the cross members in four existing locations and additional fastening points are provided (and suggested!) for further rigidity.
These skid plates are more resilient than
stock because stock had grossly inadequate protection in these areas, it's a great way to
protect your investment, your drive train, and your fuel range for years to come. A dented tank holds less fuel and the Aisin transmission will really appreciate being stress free, the pan on these is not very thick and a good rock or branch could result in a trans leak for you. We've seen these transmissions put out 400,000+ miles if cared for, so we've done our best to provide protection without trapping additional heat, you'll note there's vents in the trans skid plate you dont see in the other plates, because heat is hard on a transmission, and this big pan could otherwise hold debri after being submerged in mud etc, these holes also allow it to drain.
You have to drill at least 2 new holes in your cross member to fully secure the transmission skid, but it will bolt on as-is. What you don't do is up to you. You may experience rattles or buzzes if you don't properly secure your skid plate, either do it right, or crank up the radio!
Want to learn more about installing? Check out this fun video made by Auto Offtopic Podcast hosts:
ADHD - Mitsubishi Montero Gen 2 Essential Skid kit.
- Brand: Adventure Driven Design
- Product Code: Essentialskids
- Availability: 16
- Ex Tax: $175.00