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Old 09-25-2011, 01:01 AM   #1
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Has anyone made their own skid plates and if you have pictures attach. Trying to get some ideas to make my own.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:53 AM   #2
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I am also interested in this.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:04 AM   #3
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Been thinking about doing this soon as well.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:22 AM   #4
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:16 AM   #5
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There's a site where you go to find DIY mods that actually do something besides negatively impact the performance of your car.

It's called http://dirtyimpreza.com/

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Old 09-25-2011, 12:10 PM   #6
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Bolts stick out a little too much but its fine for what I use it now.
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Old 09-25-2011, 02:56 PM   #7
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if you wanna buy one or looking for ideas, primitive racing makes some pretty nice pieces...
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Old 09-25-2011, 10:47 PM   #8
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^ I had one of those Primitive plates. Thats would work well if I had a oem subframe still.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:04 PM   #9
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Old 09-26-2011, 02:08 AM   #10
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Heres one I made, it maybe alittle more extreme than what you are looking for.
Started with a 4'x3' sheet of steel

Used the cars weight to bend it around.

Cut the buckets around the foglights off

Finished

Tested!
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Old 10-14-2011, 04:56 PM   #11
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That is so cool! Im doing something similar to that this weekend to my legacy. I'll try to post some pics if i get time.
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:01 PM   #12
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i did this in my jeep to replace the passenger side floor.
If duct tape wont make it then a stop sign will.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:49 PM   #13
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I actually did the same, after seeing these posts. Works great and for extremely less money!
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:29 PM   #14
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Been doing a bit of research on this it seems the average respectable thickness is 3/16 in. Yet rally spec is as much as 1/2 in Half inch, how heavy is that going to be.
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:56 PM   #15
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i did this in my jeep to replace the passenger side floor.
If duct tape wont make it then a stop sign will.
Wish i would of thought of that, in my jeep i just put the carpet over it and tried not to look down...was on the driver side...
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:48 AM   #16
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Been doing a bit of research on this it seems the average respectable thickness is 3/16 in. Yet rally spec is as much as 1/2 in Half inch, how heavy is that going to be.
probably around 65-80lbs.....depending on how much it covers.....that would be my guess based on what i know
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:14 PM   #17
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Are you talking 3/16- 1/2 inch steel or aluminum?
there will be a bit of a weight difference there.
My outback had primitive's 3/16" aluminum skidplate and it was very tough. I drove rally stages as a recce vehicle multiple times without issue.
My wrx has an old 1/4" aluminum plate that should be adequate for my much less off road lifestyle these days.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:38 PM   #18
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I'd always wondered what happened to that "stop sign" that used to be around the corner. Now I know.
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #19
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:04 PM   #20
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I got a large plate (3'x4') of 3/16" aluminum, and made my own that is a bit wider and longer than one you can buy. The hardest part is drilling the holes in the correct places to put the bolts through to the subframe threaded inserts that already exist, which is awesome! I got the plate from a metals dealer in my city...cost me probably like $50. I cut the aluminum plate with a carbide tipped circular saw blade, very loud!...definitely wear eye and ear protection!
I put some rubber washers between the plate and the subframe to eliminate/reduce any noise it may make and/or resist scratching/denting the subframe...I made mine for aerodynamics (better airflow through the engine bay and under the car) and for autocross cone protection, if I would ever hit one haha.
It's a lot lighter than you expect...I'm guessing no more than 15 lbs.
I tried bending the front to have an angled approach, but it's very stong and a professional bender is required to do it correctly...I'll have it done one of these days.



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Old 11-14-2011, 10:24 AM   #21
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I have a totally unproven theory that skidplates like the ones above are not ideal if you live in places where it gets cold/snowy....so most of the ones above,,(any my old one) only have protection on the bottom.. (great if your hitting rocks/ice etc) but there is no "protection" on the sides... ie the oem plastic one (and the metal oem ones you can get in europe they can get aluminum and steeel as options for sti and legacy's fyi) protect up into the engine bay from water/ice etc hitting the block/ headers and headers up-pipe... this probably isn't such a problem if your running oem headers but aftermarket tubular ones might be more susceptible to things going bad when hot header/up meet ice cold slush/water .... that seems to be what happened to me ... and warped my headers.... again just a theory that might be worth considering..
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:28 AM   #22
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oh yeah.. look here for pics and envy of all the cool oem accessories you can get in italy..
http://www.subaru.it/models/sti/accessories/
scroll down until you see this.."Prot. Motore Acciaio Ben
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Is it actually ok to have the whole engine compartment sealed off from the bottom like that? I though you needed slits and holes here and there to aid air flow and help heat escape the engine bay?
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:30 PM   #24
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Is it actually ok to have the whole engine compartment sealed off from the bottom like that? I though you needed slits and holes here and there to aid air flow and help heat escape the engine bay?
All the heat will blow out the back around the transmission.
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #25
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oh yeah.. look here for pics and envy of all the cool oem accessories you can get in italy..
http://www.subaru.it/models/sti/accessories/
scroll down until you see this.."Prot. Motore Acciaio Ben


that's sweet
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