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Old 03-12-2009, 11:59 PM   #26
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So I mocked up the cardboard template under the car and here is the updated shape. I trimmed the template down a little on both front and back, and added a hole for access to oil filter and drain plug. The black dotted line is where I will bend up the metal approximately 6 degrees. It's not in the template but it is illustrated by the red line, I'm going to add a little edge that will be bent up vertically. Two pics here from both sides so you can see the new shape relative to the outline of the original splash guard.



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Old 03-13-2009, 12:04 AM   #27
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If you could post dimensions, and meticulously explain the points for the holes (distance from each other/edges) please <taco rey wtf?
OK here is the measurement between the hole on the splash guard.
NOTE, it may not seem so because of the slight angle the photo was taken at, and because the splash guards is not laying perfectly flat, but all lines drawn intersect at right angles. The hole I plan to use for my skid plate are the ones circled in yellow.



Next step: make a final template with bends, make sure hole for oil filter and drain plug leave enough work room, and price out sheet metal.

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Old 03-13-2009, 12:04 AM   #28
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can you post dimensions man. looks good!

Edit: NVM, YOUR AWESOME!! hahahaha
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:36 AM   #29
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Ill try this out possibly now
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:41 AM   #30
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If I end up doing this for mine ill post dimensions for all of us 08/09 guys (for the 2.5i atleast, Im pretty sure the STI and WRX underbelly is different )
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Old 03-13-2009, 02:10 AM   #31
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I would recommend some kind of luvers to evacuate hot air .
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hot air rises
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:07 PM   #33
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if its cut/bent correctly, the wind current underneath should suction out the hot air
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:16 PM   #34
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i have a "homemade" plate ....



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Old 03-15-2009, 09:55 PM   #35
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I love it! I'm going to Home Depot tomorrow to try this out! What did you use to cut the metal? I'm going to just use some tin-snips I guess. Also, I'm going to cut a few slits in this thing to vent it...because some people told me if you replace the stock plastic splash guard, it'll get too hot? Weird. Any problems with this?
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:32 AM   #36
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great post!! please post up the pricing you got for alu and steel!

I'm going to do this too.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:57 AM   #37
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wow, thanks for the dimensions!

A DO NOT ENTER road sign just showed up on my porch... idk how it got there..... but now I know what I'm gunna do with it! Sign side down of course.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:00 AM   #38
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I totally was thinking about this. But i might buy one, depends on my job. Looks great so far!
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:40 PM   #39
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I haven't had an cooling trouble, but it's only 50 degrees outside. Hot air probably follows the firewall down to the transmission tunnel for it's exit which is still completely open.

I cut my signs with a jigsaw, they were too thick to cut easily with tin snips.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:57 PM   #40
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I have a custom skid plate to protect the header on my forester xt, and i have not had any cooling problems temp outside is 75+. I think the front gap below the grill is allowing cool air to flow through the radiator and down underneath the car.
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:36 PM   #41
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bump bump!

any update? final design?
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bump bump!

any update? final design?
Sorry everyone for the lack of updates. The project took a new direction when I attempted to see if I could incorporate brake cooling ducts into the design. I was trying to vent air to the brakes from the underside of the car. No luck with that idea, and I'll be going back to the original idea, and picking it up again soon. I'll keep you updated.
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If I end up doing this for mine ill post dimensions for all of us 08/09 guys (for the 2.5i atleast, Im pretty sure the STI and WRX underbelly is different )
Did you ever end up making a plate for your 2.5i? If you did can you post dims?
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homedepot doesnt sell 1/8" Aluminum sheets =(
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Did you ever end up making a plate for your 2.5i? If you did can you post dims?
I have not yet, sorry. Im on break right now so I don't have access to a lift, but I should be getting started next week.
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I have not yet, sorry. Im on break right now so I don't have access to a lift, but I should be getting started next week.
No worries... Enjoy your break!

I'll keep an eye out for your update.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:23 PM   #47
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So I was at a metal supply shop today, and asked about prices on stainless steel sheet metal. Prices on steel are not that much lower than the price of buying a skid plate. I'm going to look into plastic or some polymer as a meterial for the skid plate. Anyone got sugestions?
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polycarb glass? nvm... they go for like $60+.. a local sells Aluminum skid plates for $75 so might as well buy one. unless you find a junk street sign to fab with
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polycarb glass? nvm... they go for like $60+.. a local sells Aluminum skid plates for $75 so might as well buy one. unless you find a junk street sign to fab with
Where can you get a $75 skid plate? Hook me up.
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alumalite? google it
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