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Old 02-06-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
Dobes
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Default Winter rally prep. Front/rear skid plates installed.

Getting ready for a winter rally in a couple weeks and decided to invest in some underbody protection for the Leggy. After searching around for a little while, I decided that Primitive Racing had what I wanted. I got the light duty skid plates (3/16") since I'm hopefully not going to be beating on the underside too much. The kit also came with an extra jack plate for the front of the car in case the stock unit didn't have the tapped holes. It turns out I did so the jack plate wasn't even needed.

Here's a shot of the front unit and "mini" rear skid plate (the full rear skid plate was a tad too much for me)




And here you see the top side of the front skid plate with the welded spacers needed for proper clearance. Overall the units are well made and I'm happy with the purchase.




The front went on smoothly, I just needed to run a tap through the bolt holes in my car since they have been unused for 220,000 miles. Please ignore the rust, PA likes to salt their roads.




This shot is looking towards the front of the car and shows how the spacers sit up against the radiator core support.




Here you can see the where the rear spacers sit up against the stock jack plate.




This just shows the clearance between the oil pan and skid plate.




This is the underside of the mini rear skid plate. It uses two existing bolt holes on the front of the diff carrier and the two lower bolts on the diff itself.




All mounted and ready to go. You can still jack the car up using the rear diff, you just need to make sure the jack is centered on the skid plate flange.




And finally, looking towards the rear of the car you can see the protection offered by the skid plate.




Just a few more things and I should be ready to go.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
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Looks really good! Now go get us some action pics, please!

I see a Lotus... Niiice!
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:23 AM   #3
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Very nice, I'm thinking primative for my 00 LGT.

What have you done suspension wise for rally?
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Old 02-12-2011, 11:29 AM   #4
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primitive are good guys, have one of their skidplates as well.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:48 AM   #5
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Very nice, I'm thinking primative for my 00 LGT.

What have you done suspension wise for rally?

Absolutely nothing!
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:06 PM   #6
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While that front skid plate is fairly substantial, I am not at all sure about the rear one.

My *guess* is that if you hit a rock, the rear plate will rip itself in two. The leading edge isn't tapered, so the plate will likely absorb much of the impact. The factory skid plate was 3/8" plate steel with a tapered leading edge. A bit heavy, but certainly a heavy duty piece that would take multiple hits.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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While that front skid plate is fairly substantial, I am not at all sure about the rear one.

My *guess* is that if you hit a rock, the rear plate will rip itself in two. The leading edge isn't tapered, so the plate will likely absorb much of the impact. The factory skid plate was 3/8" plate steel with a tapered leading edge. A bit heavy, but certainly a heavy duty piece that would take multiple hits.
To be fair, thats the "light" rear diff protector, meant to clear aftermarket exhausts and people who don't see a lot of off-road use. Their regular/rally grade ones are similar in design to the OEM diff protector.
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