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I know there is a couple versions of this floating around and i wanna thank all you guys for making drawings and giving tips. I wanna share my version in hope that it may help others make their own in the future.

My father managed to find a "do not enter" sign that was damaged and placed on "our property"

Needless to say i cut off the damaged parts and put the scrap metal to good use :)





Here it is compared to the stock rubber like skid plate





When i redrilled the holes and made sure everything fit, i noticed that dirt, mud, salt, water and so on would still be able to get around the sides so i had a good idea. I cut up the stock skid plate and reused the sides that go up to the sides of the engine bay. Heres what i came up with.





So heres what it looks like on the car





Fits like a glove/sock/hat/pants. so on. :icon_razz:

After i made this, i went back and drew it all out. Im missing the measurement for the rear holes and if under the car, ill measure and post it.



I think i am going to paint it because i dont want people getting offended that i used a road sign. In fact this is most likely illegal in some way. Either way, Enjoy and hope this helps people out.


**DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT ENCOURAGING ANYONE TO USE A ROAD SIGN OF ANY SORT. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE YOU MAY CAUSE TO STATE PROPERTY!**
 

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Lol :biggrin: Nice! I like the plastic sides idea. I was thinking about adding the stock plastics to my skid but decided it was too much hassle. Btw, how sturdy is that road sign (how thick)?
 

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Lol :biggrin: Nice! I like the plastic sides idea. I was thinking about adding the stock plastics to my skid but decided it was too much hassle. Btw, how sturdy is that road sign (how thick)?
High intensity .080 (2/25) aluminum according to google.
Should be strong enough for some mild bashing because it was pretty tough to bend. Had to get creative with it.
 

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Great idea – as long as you´re careful. The strength of this plate is in no way comparable to a "real skid plate". A rally of off road style skid plate, should be 3 x the thickness and preferably with additional skids.

At speed above walking pace, the road sign material will tear on impact. So, be gentle!

M
 

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Were are you guys sourcing out the sheets of metal for something like this? None of my local hardware stores had anything remotely close. it would have to be 30x20.
 

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Great idea – as long as you´re careful. The strength of this plate is in no way comparable to a "real skid plate". A rally of off road style skid plate, should be 3 x the thickness and preferably with additional skids.

At speed above walking pace, the road sign material will tear on impact. So, be gentle!

M
I doubt it will tear that easy. I've seen these shot with a shot gun and not go through! My saw had a real hard time cutting it and it usually zips through things like this and bending it was a whole nother story. This is probably 98.43% stronger then the floppy stock skid. So for now, im happy. :crazy:

But hey, if i can locate a better/thicker material, ill redo it. Just havent found anything close to this yet.
 

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Well done and yes it's strong enough,your not driving a rock crawler.
 

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+1 for the plastic sides idea. Will be doing that to mine ASAP. Here's my efforts.
It's 3mm thick alluminium tread plate...





Resprayed with the correct Subaru font...

 

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Hi, Well done Fuze911 and MDG. I am thinking of knocking up a plate using some 6mm ally treadplate I already have. I will have to get a local engineering shop to put in the bends it is beyond a vice and angle iron.

One comment the spacing of the bolt holes is better expressed in metric. Between the centres of the front bolts 500mm:
and between the centres of the rear bolts 70mm

Now a question on the plastic original are a couple of slots for the air flow - on some commercially available skidplates there are louvre vents - MDG's design will allow an air flow - but with the side plates reattached are there any overheating issues. My car does everything - including some towing so overheating is a worry even here in the UK.

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Hi, Well done Fuze911 and MDG. I am thinking of knocking up a plate using some 6mm ally treadplate I already have. I will have to get a local engineering shop to put in the bends it is beyond a vice and angle iron.

One comment the spacing of the bolt holes is better expressed in metric. Between the centres of the front bolts 500mm:
and between the centres of the rear bolts 70mm

Now a question on the plastic original are a couple of slots for the air flow - on some commercially available skidplates there are louvre vents - MDG's design will allow an air flow - but with the side plates reattached are there any overheating issues. My car does everything - including some towing so overheating is a worry even here in the UK.

Jon
Ive driven with this skidplate for 8.5 hours to vacation in 90+ degree weather and i have had no issues whats so ever. Some of that time was sitting in traffic as well. I drive the car everyday and have not seen any temp issues as of yet.
 

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I'm not offended by the use of a road sign...I say dont paint it, it adds some color to the underside and it looks cool homemade like, going to have to copy
 

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Thanks so much for this, will save myself $350 by doing this. Was going to go buy a sump guard but now I will save my money.

Thanks a great deal
Taza
 

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I went the OEM route and pulled a stock factory steel skid plate off an old '85 Loyale/GL Wagon. "Almost" bolted right up (slight modifications needed), but it's strong as hell, and looks OEM at that. $20 at the junkyard......

 

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I went and *borrowed* a sign. Went and got it about 30mins ago.
It says 'sand dunes in repair keep off'. Might need a repaint.
 

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I went the OEM route and pulled a stock factory steel skid plate off an old '85 Loyale/GL Wagon. "Almost" bolted right up (slight modifications needed), but it's strong as hell, and looks OEM at that. $20 at the junkyard......

man its not that easy to find old gl's around here ... I would love to get one of those ....... aren't a lot of junk yards around here and most wont tell you if they have a car in their yard if you call .
 

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^ doesnt look like much protection...even from the little stuff hitting the heaters. I bet its real strong were it really needs it though.
 
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