RSG Offroad KDSS Skid Plate Install & Review for the 5th Gen Toyota 4Runner
Skid plates are an essential part of Off-Roading…
From the front, transmission, and t-case to the gas tank skid and all the others, the more protection you have when you’re off-road the better off you’ll be. Skid plates protect your undercarriage components from being damaged from big hits on rocks, logs, and other obstacles.
We all know the factory skid plates on the 4Runner are far from superior. Some areas are even lacking a skid plate, to begin with. It’s important to add plates to these areas along with upgrading the other skid plates that come mounted on the 4Runner from the factory.
KDSS Accumulator Assembly
One area of the 4Runner that has a little bit of protection but could use a lot more is the KDSS accumulator assembly located on the driver-side frame rail. If your 4Runner is equipped with KDSS you have hydraulic lines running along the edge of your frame. These hydraulic lines along with the accumulator assembly are not well protected. Even though the KDSS accumulator assembly is covered with a factory cover, it could use some improvements.
Those improvements have arrived with the RSG Offroad KDSS skid plate for the 5th Gen 4Runner.
Who is RSG Offroad?
Located in Sheridan, CO, RSG Offroad is well known for the design and fabrication of high-quality Toyota rock sliders. They make rock sliders for quite a few 4Runner models, GX’s, and Tacomas. RSG Offroad provides skid plates for these platforms as well.
Recently, RSG Offroad launched this new KDSS skid product so we thought we grabbed one to see what it was all about. Everything RSG produces is of the highest quality when it comes to armor.
The RSG KDSS skid plate is built from 1/8 inch steel and works with most aftermarket rock sliders on the market. The product installs with three bolts. Very simple.
Find it online:
- RSG Offroad KDSS Skid: Discontinued
Tools and Materials:
- Metric socket set
The process is about as plug-and-play as you can get. All you do is remove the two covers over the KDSS components and then reinstall the single RSG Offroad KDSS skid plate.
The only reason an installation here might give you a challenge would be if you have rock sliders other than RSG that interfere with the mounting points for the RSG KDSS skid plate. In that case, you would either need to cut your skid plate to accommodate the sliders or cut your sliders to accommodate the skid plate. Or, if you can get extended bolts, maybe bolt through the sliders, through the skid plates, and into the frame.
Step 1. Remove Top Cover
Remove the two bolts connecting the top factory cover.
Step 2. Remove Bottom Cover
Remove the two bolts connecting the bottom factory cover.
Step 3. Clear Debris and Dust
Clear any dust, debris, rocks, and buildup around the accumulator assembly.
Step 4. Jack up Plate
Using a floor jack, lift the skid plate into place.
Step 5. Tighten down Plate
Start by threading the two lower bolts into place and then continue threading the top bolt into place. Once you have all three bolts tightened down onto the skid plate remove the floor jack and you’re finished. Yeah, it’s that easy!
Not only does the KDSS accumulator skid plate offer stronger protection over the factory cover, but it also allows access to adjust the pressure in the hydraulic lines without removing a cover (without rock sliders). You may need to adjust the pressure in the hydraulic lines if you’re working on your suspension and need more play in the KDSS swaybar. Or, some guys like to loosen this before they hit the trail (proceed with this at your own risk). This feature is nice because previously you would have to remove the factory skid covering the KDSS accumulator assembly in order to reach these adjustment nuts. With that said, once you install sliders, it will likely close off this gap depending on the brand.
If you have KDSS and you push your 4Runner off-road I highly recommend grabbing one of these skid plates in order to add a little more protection over your accumulator assembly.