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How to: Install Timberline steel skid plate on 2020 ST

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I purchased this steel skidplate, Ford part # M-5018-EXP from Benny at Levittown Ford Parts.

This is the skidplate that is factory installed on the Timberline. It fits the 2020 ST perfectly.

The kit comes with everything needed for installation.

To begin remove the lower engine cover as if you were doing an oil change. The forward most cover does not need to be removed.

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Install the nut inserts into existing rectangular holes in two frame crossmembers, aligning the nut with the round hole beside the rectangular hole.

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The two "screws" without thread locker are the rear mounts and attach to existing holes in the transmission mount bracket.

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The six bolts come with blue thread locker already on the bolts. Those are the bolts which will attach to the two crossmembers.

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Full protection of transmission pan.

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They leave a large opening for access to the drain plug. It would have been a nice touch to have an access panel held in place with flush Allen screws.
 



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After installing the skid plate I decided to seal off the access cutout with a double layer of HVAC foil tape.
I'll trim the foil tape out of the opening for each oil change (every 6 months in my case).

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I know there isn't much difference between the 2020 but would the same skid plate fit the 2023/24 ST?
 






I know there isn't much difference between the 2020 but would the same skid plate fit the 2023/24 ST?
Welcome to the Forum. :wave:

Peter
 






Welcome to the Forum. :wave:

Peter

Thank you! Glad to be here!

Side note; I'm well known as Nightshade in the 14th gen F-150 forum for being a FORScan guru so hopefully can be able to help in the Explorer line! Already started on a few things!
 






Thank you! Glad to be here!

Side note; I'm well known as Nightshade in the 14th gen F-150 forum for being a FORScan guru so hopefully can be able to help in the Explorer line! Already started on a few things!
I don't know if you are able to help this member in the 5th gen forum.

Peter
 






I don't know if you are able to help this member in the 5th gen forum.

Peter

I can definitely take a look!
 






I know there isn't much difference between the 2020 but would the same skid plate fit the 2023/24 ST?
I wouldn't see why not, no changes structurally
 






After installing the skid plate I decided to seal off the access cutout with a double layer of HVAC foil tape.
I'll trim the foil tape out of the opening for each oil change (every 6 months in my case).

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Thank you - I have been wanting to do this and looks to be an easy, no mod required - Mod :)
 






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