Take it from us. We found out the hard way. You simply cannot depend on the factory bash plates under your vehicle to protect your vital engine and transmission components from damage off-road. They might as well be made from tin foil!.
The range of bash plates available from VMN gives the factory tin foil a much-needed upgrade to a much thicker and stronger material. Usually, 4mm mild steel. Often these bash plates improve approach angle allowing you to go further in your ute.