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Old 10-31-2017, 11:03 AM   #28
KillerBMotorsport
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Originally Posted by 2slofouru View Post
Yeah, I don't have anything to protect it.
You can get a factory bellypan used for cheap, but that's going to provide more aero/cooling improvements than offer damage protection.

Of our pans I've seen involved in off track incidents, I've not seen a failure yet. The off road guys use hard-core belly pan setups, but a lot of track guys use the OEM pan or trimmed down versions of the OEM pan (access to filter and drain usually). We have seen a few come back dented from rod failure on drag cars, but never to a point of causing a leak. The pans are pretty tough. If you strike just the pan repeatedly or specifically JUST the pan I could see how it could fail, but you're talking a significant amount of force. My standard answer here is 'if you hit something hard enough to cause a complete pan failure (doesn't hold oil) then you've likely got much more expensive repairs to worry about than an oil pan'.
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