Author Topic: Skidplate  (Read 566 times)

December 20, 2015, 10:38:46 PM
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berndp

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So I fitted my rear diff skidplate yesterday.
It's made from 3 mm 3CR12 material.

Took quite a bit of trial&error, about 5 prototypes, numerous hours in "hooker mode" (on my back(under the car that is)).

LSS, no I'm not making any for sale.

I just did this, because I could. My actual costs were limited to the material cost, some bolts&nuts, and a slab of chocolate for the artisan in our workshop.

I opted for 3CR12,because:
Alu you need to go to 4.5mm thickness. I was worried about the rear mounting studs for the diff. Alu is quite soft, and the contact area to steel (sleeves in rubber mounts) is quite small, and this could wear into the alu plate, thereby becoming loose.
Also, there is not that much spare thread on these studs.

Mildsteel, is quite soft as well, but more importantly would be the corrosion aspect.
Plating it could solve that problem, but then the cost is back at almost 3CR12 again.

3CR12 is "tougher" than Mildsteel and ("std")alu plate.

I checked and I could lift the car with a jack under this plate, without the plate deforming. I would however use a wooden spreader plank, mainly to create a "nonslip" layer between the jack(steel) and the skidplate(steel), to prevent slippage.

The yellow reflective tape is just for fun.

Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
Always looking for a tar free "road"
Brackenfell, W'Cape

December 21, 2015, 11:08:53 AM
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MT

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Very nice. Let me know if you want to make a few extra....and off coarse what shape do you drive?

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December 21, 2015, 01:31:42 PM
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berndp

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I've got the SG9, manual, NA.

It's really too much PT to make these 1off's.
We don't have CNC / Laser machines, so everthing is marked by hand, cut with guilotine, hand puched etc.
Even then i had to do a bit of panelbeating - to the plate, not the car. ;)
If I had to pay the Artisan for his hours, it would be too expensive.

Rather ask LSS, then at least you know it will fit properly.
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
Always looking for a tar free "road"
Brackenfell, W'Cape