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Old 12-21-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
vtdave
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Default Primitive skidplate and stock splash protection

I just installed a primitive skidplate, but noticed it leaves the sides of the engine by the wheel wells exposed to water, road salt, debris, etc.

Has anyone trimmed their stock skidplate/splashguard so that it will fit around (or inside) the primitive plate to provide side splash protection?

If so, give me instructions before I whip out my dremel and start carving the stock skidplate like a thanksgiving turkey, trial-and-error style....thanks!

BTW - the 3/16" primitive plate is the real deal. I like it.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:43 AM   #2
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I just installed a primitive skidplate, but noticed it leaves the sides of the engine by the wheel wells exposed to water, road salt, debris, etc.

Has anyone trimmed their stock skidplate/splashguard so that it will fit around (or inside) the primitive plate to provide side splash protection?

If so, give me instructions before I whip out my dremel and start carving the stock skidplate like a thanksgiving turkey, trial-and-error style....thanks!

BTW - the 3/16" primitive plate is the real deal. I like it.
Probably not necessary - even with skid plate or splash guard all sorts of wetness can get in there. The skid plate just really protects against hard stuff, that the splash guard does not. I got a Beatrush skid plate because of my friends gravel driveway upstate. Came home and changed the oil and see a nice big dent in the oil pan, even with a splash guard. Remember you also want heat to escape so you do not want to button up the whole thing anyway.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:27 AM   #3
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Probably not necessary - even with skid plate or splash guard all sorts of wetness can get in there. The skid plate just really protects against hard stuff, that the splash guard does not.
I'd agree with you if I lived on pavement, which is true for 90% of people I suspect. I live on a dirt road that is covered in sand and ice-melt in the winter/spring. The sides of my stock splashguard are covered in brown gunk. If the side-splash protection wasn't there, all that corrosive brown stuff would be on my engine and exhaust manifold.

I hear you on leaving some space for air exchange. I noticed the front of the primitive plate isn't airtight like the stock skidplate. This leaves room for ample front-to-back airflow.
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