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Old 12-16-2009, 10:04 PM   #1
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Default Cheap Skid Plate?

So i just moved to the mountains and i REALLY need a skid plate for my 09 4-door. however im not keen on spending >$200 on a friggin piece on metal

so im looking for one of a couple things (sorry, but i like lists);
  1. Does anyone know of any generic, non-name brand, possibly cheap chinese crap skid plates for dirt cheap?
  2. Does anyone have one and could provide the dimensions (including the cut outs, etc...) so i could just make one myself?
  3. Any other ideas for getting a skid plate for dirt cheap?


any help is greatly appreciated
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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I bought a stop sign off ebay for $20. Used existing bolt holes under the car and bam! Skid plate.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:55 PM   #3
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if ya need one that bad...why skimp???

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Old 12-17-2009, 12:02 AM   #4
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I'm planning on making my own for my 02 sedan. You can use the undertray as a template, add material where needed. If you don't want to build it yourself you can always take your template down to a local sheetmetal shop and see what they give you for a price.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:16 AM   #5
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Here, nice skid plates for under $200. http://www.writerguy.com/primitive/s...id_wrx_sti.htm

Road signs and other such things are probably going to be made of lesser metals and might not protect your ****. If you drive in rough areas, and you value your oil pan/engine, get something nice.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:31 AM   #6
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Im sure that there have been cases where the thinner street sign skid plates do get damaged, but for a DD (which Im assuming the OP drives) I think the street sign method is adequate.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:46 AM   #7
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if ya need one that bad...why skimp???

chris
the $200+ ones are a little over the top for what i need, so i have no reason to spend that much money on one.

i am pretty good at avoiding the potholes/bumps/dips/random crap that is laying in the road. HOWEVER i do live on the top of a mountain so its kind of impossible to do it perfectly with such a low ride height. i just want the skid plate for those few times when i happen to smack into something

and i cant justify spending $200+ on a secondary defense for my car
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:47 AM   #8
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Im sure that there have been cases where the thinner street sign skid plates do get damaged, but for a DD (which Im assuming the OP drives) I think the street sign method is adequate.
i think its worth a try, if i hit something and it goes through the street sign i could always replace it with thicker metal
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:05 AM   #9
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I think the primitive and RA ones are 1/8th stainless, if that. There's no reason you couldn't get the material and build it yourself for a fraction of the cost. Or you could go with some thicker aluminum, it'll weigh about the same but be easier to work with.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:01 AM   #10
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i have a stop sign haven't hit anything yet but it is much better than oem plastic one i had. mainly i need it to jump over snow banks that plows leave in the city unfortunately it hasn't snowed yet.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:29 AM   #11
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I think the primitive and RA ones are 1/8th stainless, if that. There's no reason you couldn't get the material and build it yourself for a fraction of the cost. Or you could go with some thicker aluminum, it'll weigh about the same but be easier to work with.
for the average joe to get similar quality aluminum roughly the same size....it's still not terribly cheap. I did a quick google search, online metals had the best price for 6061 and 5052 both 1/8"x3'x3'. It was $97 for 6061 and $57 for 5052..plus shipping. Factor in shipping and r&d time, a diy project cost starts to approach a premade piece cost. Just my thought on the subject.
hen again, if ya can get metal for cheap....diy all the way

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Old 12-17-2009, 11:42 AM   #12
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Are skidplates interchangeable between GC, GD, and the new gens? I have one from a GC RS I might sell, but don't know if it will help you.
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:10 PM   #13
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I bought a stop sign off ebay for $20. Used existing bolt holes under the car and bam! Skid plate.
Pictures!!!!!!!!?
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:56 PM   #14
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I have the Primitive, very nice and I think it was under $200
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:19 PM   #15
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From Paul's website:

Now available for the N14 2008 STi and WRX models, this beefy skidplate replaces the factory OEM plastic splash guard and offers frame rail to frame rail protection! Choose from our 1/8" "street" skidplate for light duty/snow or our 3/16" "rally" skidplate for heavy duty/rallycross. Made from tough 5052 grade aluminum.

Item No: 3030X - 1/8" $161
Item No: 3031X - 3/16" $191

They are WELL worth the spend. Not only is it expensive to buy the material, you then need either a heavy break or someone with good TIG skills to properly fabricate up the plate $$$. You may want to also consider a REAR diff plate depending on how nasty of stuff you're looking at running into.

If you do go with the Primative plates, they come with all the hardware.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:29 PM   #16
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I bought a stop sign off ebay for $20. Used existing bolt holes under the car and bam! Skid plate.
I wanna see!
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:36 PM   #17
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:53 PM   #18
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They are WELL worth the spend. Not only is it expensive to buy the material, you then need either a heavy break or someone with good TIG skills to properly fabricate up the plate $$$.
unless you want the extension, or you do it in multiple pieces, there is no need to weld. Even then, you can do a bolt together item.
A break would be nice, but it can be done with power tools. Granted it'd be a longer process, and likely not perfectly clean, but it'd still be functional.

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Old 12-17-2009, 05:25 PM   #19
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Re-posting mine since no one knows how to search anymore.





Made from two left turn only signs. Assembled with bolts only, and mounts to only the stock 5 bolt locations. I cut some squarestock for spacers. The only thing I'd do different is add reinforcement to the stock subframe, the bolt holes have dented inwards from impacts.

No cooling problems, and the engine stays much cleaner. You just have remember to never, EVER, drop anything in the engine bay. Total cost was about $40. Gave me 1 more mpg too.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:46 PM   #20
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^^^Looks Good^^^



I bought a Beatrush skid plate from Rally Sport direct a couple years back for much less than what they are going for now ($218).

It has held up well.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:52 PM   #21
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i think its worth a try, if i hit something and it goes through the street sign i could always replace it with thicker metal
ya, and like I said, how many times has something actually punctured through the street sign as opposed to just denting it.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:12 PM   #22
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here's my street sign skid plate. Cut some louvers into it and used the existing plastic side protectors. It won't stop a boulder, but its spacered off of the oil pan, so I'd have to hit something pretty hard to cause damage.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:20 PM   #23
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here's my street sign skid plate. Cut some louvers into it and used the existing plastic side protectors. It won't stop a boulder, but its spacered off of the oil pan, so I'd have to hit something pretty hard to cause damage.
yup, that basically decides it
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:26 PM   #24
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$200 isn't much to save your oil pan and diffs. try www.get-primitive.com or used in the classifieds, or ^^^ that stop sign.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:07 PM   #25
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isn't the street sign thing kind of, umm .... illegal?
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