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Skid plate with body lift pics and tips please?
Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:44 AM
Im wanting to make a skidplate for my impreza but have no where to start.
The engine is sitting low compared to body so i need a kinked skid plate.
Can you guys with body lifts and skid plates post pics of what u did?
I may wait till i get a metal bumper to weld the plate to, then bolt it to the front jack-up point.
what im looking for close up pics of,
Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:10 PM
You can see the runners with the plate off in this pic:
I hit stuff hard enough to bend the 1/8" steel skid plate but never hit the oilpan again. I would go with a wider skid plate if I did it again, my lower radiator hose and oil filter were a bit vulnerable. The hose never had any trouble but I nearly peeled the oil filter off breaking through 3" thick ice in a pond crossing.
The winch bumper had two pieces of box tubing going down to the angle iron on the lower radiator support that the skidplate frame bolted to. That braced it for the twisting force of the winch pull and protected the radiator opening.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:19 PM
I've gotta do a similar skidplate on my car so I guess which one of us gets it done first posts the pics eh?
Oh and remember, you want a bolt on skid plate. NOT welded on. It is nice to be able to take out 6 or 8 bolts and be able to get under your engine
Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:13 PM
I built a subframe that bolted on to the engine crossmember and the lower radiator support. I had a piece of angle iron cupping the radiator support to add strength and two 1" square tubing runners that I bent and welded connecting the radiator support to the engine crossmember. My skidplate then bolted to the runners.
Genius! I have been trying to figure out how to bend this plate stock and now I don't have too .
Posted 16 September 2012 - 11:36 PM
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Posted 12 October 2012 - 11:46 AM
the bottom of the skidplate under the crossmember is tweaked though...
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