Originally Posted by suss6052
It wasn't cheaply made, its a plastic core wrapped in NVH absorbant material designed to absorb some of the engine and road noise and direct it away from the car.
You were just looking for another reason to not like the car.
I do like the idea of the aluminum skid plate for durability, but the o.e. design had its reason and its purpose.
I took my factory unit off and cut some holes. Mine was made entirely of felt--and more felt. I didn't see any plastic core.
As for sounding deadening on the metal unit, buyers could spray some truck bed liner on the thing inside and out. Would make a very nice unit then.
ALMOST FORGOT I want one too!