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Re: TRD Skid Plate problem
Regarding the bolt "going in at an angle", there are several possible causes.
First, pull the skid plate off and look at the frame material around the weld nut location. Is it deformed at all, which would put the nut at an angle, and therefore cause the bolt to be at a slight angle when it is properly threaded into the nut (e.g. not cross-threaded)? If the previous skid plate took a solid hit close to the bolt, it could have caused some local deformation around the nut, which "tilted" the nut and now makes the bolt slightly angled.
Does the bolt thread "cleanly" into the nut, without any apparent binding or excess friction?
Are the threads on the bolt in perfect condition, no signs of deformation of any kind?
If there is no deformation around the nut, and a NEW bolt doesn't cleanly thread into the nut without the skid plate present, carefully "chase" the threads in the nut to clean out any debris and re-form the threads into the correct V-profile.
If the nut threads are clean and undeformed, a new bolt should easily thread in by hand.