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Old 11-29-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Did another little project! Didn't want to fork out a lot of money for a skid plate since my original splash guard was missing so I grabbed some old aluminum signs from work and started making it.

It was make using aluminum signs, 3/16 rivets to hold it all together and a couple steel tabs.

Here is the basic shape with some dimensions:


Back side:


Bent some side flairs up to fit flush around the frame:


Cut two holes in it for the oil filter and drain plug:


But....didn't want to leave the holes open so stuff could get up on top of it so I fashioned a cover:


Here are the steel tabs the one end slides into:


The other end is held in place by one of the rear plate bolts, so when you want to access the filter and drain plug all you have to do is undo one bolt and slide off the cover.

Here it is all finished:


Back side with some high heat silver paint:


Everything bolts up to the factory threads for the original splashguard. All are 5/16 bolts. The nuts are for spacers between the plate and the frame in the front. There is two rubber spacers for the rear spot with the two longer 5/16 bolts:


I will get a picture of it on the car tomorrow. I am having it worked on tomorrow and I figured I'd leave it off for them :P
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:40 PM   #3
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Very cool work
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:52 PM   #5
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Beggin' to be made from a "SLOW CHILDREN" sign.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #6
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This is awesome
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:28 AM   #7
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:10 PM   #8
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Thats awesome! as long as they're not city or state signs it's not a crime!
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:12 PM   #9
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MacGyver Approved!

Do yourself a favor and fashion a true locking mechanism for that removable shield. Best/easiest to use a rivet as a pivot point so your cover doesn't EVER fall out and slice something nasty.... like fuel lines, tires, or someone else.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:17 PM   #10
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Do yourself a favor and fashion a true locking mechanism for that removable shield.
I sort of achieve this with the one end fastened in with one of the rear bolts. The problem with putting a pivot point with a rivet is that I didn't have any room to swing it away without other rivets or bolt heads getting in the way. I might end up putting a few more steel tabs but we will see.
Thanks for the advice!
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:58 PM   #11
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Missed the rear bolt locking it down. Lock washer, nylon nut, or lock tite and done. Good stuff.

Flea markets are another source for signs guys. Don't go vandalizing unless you know that option
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:40 AM   #12
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Flea markets are another source for signs guys. Don't go vandalizing unless you know that option
Agreed! and I'm pretty sure that If you go to a scrap yard you can find some too
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:01 PM   #13
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Ghettoriffic! I love it. I may try this with a "Slow Children" and a Crosswalk sign. And leave them paint side out.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:36 PM   #14
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Ghettoriffic! I love it. I may try this with a "Slow Children" and a Crosswalk sign. And leave them paint side out.
Assuming you change your own oil but...... This would require you to take your car somewhere to have the oil changed just to get a reaction out of a mechanic
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #15
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Awesome.... "I wondered what was banging around down there for the last month?"
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:17 PM   #16
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Good reason to bring car ramps to a meet. Weird out the non Subie guys haha
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #17
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For those who wanted to see what it looks like on the car here go!

Heres how big the access hole for the filter is:


Access holes:


And on the car:


.......this morning

I will be looking for parts soon
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:54 PM   #18
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sad day for your subaru

on a happy note.. i was also wanting to do this.. any idea where to get signs? or how to bend up the front? other than that i would just drill holes and bolt them together.. and make a much bigger access hole.. usually i spill everywhere/cant get the filter out.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:10 PM   #19
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sad day for your subaru

on a happy note.. i was also wanting to do this.. any idea where to get signs? or how to bend up the front? other than that i would just drill holes and bolt them together.. and make a much bigger access hole.. usually i spill everywhere/cant get the filter out.
Very sad day indeed

I got mine from work, they were old signs that we changed out and they were going to be thrown out so I snagged them. Your best bet is to check a scrap metal shop for old signs. For the edge I use a vice to bend it
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:29 PM   #20
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thanks man.. good luck fixing your subaru
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:33 PM   #21
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thanks man.. good luck fixing your subaru
Thanks man! Thing that makes me mad the most is that I just recently got a brand new bumper and my hood repainted :/
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #22
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Very crafty! Bookmarking this for the future...
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #24
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Crafty! I like it!
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:23 PM   #25
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I will be looking for parts soon
Ouch, Im waiting on mine to be painted right now, stupid deer!
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