Well we(Capt. Rick, Karpi71(Tom), slither) spent a couple of hours yesterday afternoon at the world headquarters of Capt Ricks skid shop. Yes the Capt has actually manufactured and built his own operating equipment to facilitate the mass production of his HDPE skids! I am not giving any other detailed information as to his facility but I was amazed at the production equipment he has built from scratch to produce his skids. Tom and Rick, with very little help from me, installed a new set of black HDPE skid on Tom's rig yesterday. I believe this was the first skid made on Ricks equipment. The fit was near perfect but a few more alterations, however very minor in nature, need to be made. Actually the size of one bend will correct the issue. The skid fits very tight to the undercarriage of the FJ. The first continuous piece runs from the front crossmember to the rear of the gas tank with a lip that folds over the rear of the tank for protection. The skid mounting locations are counterbored to accept a bushing, pressed into the skid for strength around the mounting point and allowing a smooth and unobstructed surface. A custom bent and welded cross member supports the skid at the transfer case. Anyone who has been following Ricks thread and is interested in his skid hold tight. He is very close to starting operation, I would say within the next week or two. He also has a front IFS skid that butts up to the rear skid. I actually helped him template and construct the first prototype a couple of weeks ago. I will tell you I was very impressed with what he has done on his own! Just wanted to update everyone and say that production is very close and he is offering a well constucted well thought out product. After further investigation and the actual fabrication of an UHMWPE skid he has opted to use the HDPE. The UHMWPE is actually a little too flexible and gives too much. It does not have the rigidity the HDPE has. Enough for now.