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Old 03-24-2005, 02:55 PM   #1
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Exclamation The need for an SVT skid plate

I drive a 2003 SVT. I have just replaced my third oxygen sensor. The problem is the low position of the exhaust header & the easy "up" on the front shocks. I can bump the entrance of my driveway and clobber the O2 sensor oh so easily. Does anybody out there make or know of a way to protect the bottom of my collector pipes? I'm getting quite tired of the $185 that the dealer charges to replace the part.


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Old 03-24-2005, 02:59 PM   #2
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try entering your driveway at a 45 degree angle..

www.rallyinnovations.com makes skidplates for the focus.
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It's kind of difficult. I live on a rather steep hill and even entering at an angle involves crossing the hump.
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Buy a new boss and relocate the sensor. Probably cheaper in the long run. A muffler shop can do this for you.

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try entering your driveway at a 45 degree angle..

www.rallyinnovations.com makes skidplates for the focus.
Ya that skid plate would probably work and damn would that look hot!
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I'd probably just start hitting things on purpose.
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The rallyinnovations guard is only one eight inch thick. It will stop rocks etc. but it would not hold up to a good wack. It's primarily for looks versus function. It would probably push up and break the sensor again making it that much harder to get too. A real skid plate (one that will hold up in rally conditions or good wack on a driveway) should be a minimum of 3/16ths of 6061 aluminum plate. 1/4 inch is preferred for serious protection. You can jack a car on a 3/16ths guard. You can't do that on a 1/8th plate as it will deform and buckle.
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well that would tack on a substancial amount of weight.

I am actually curious about the dimensions, the skid plate might not even cover the o2 sensor.

errr wait the duratec's are ass backwards. I have no idea where the zetec o2 sensor is, I'm guessing in front of the oil pan at the bottom of the header?
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Make a diamond plate skid plate.....pe-imp!!
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I wonder how hard it would be to fabricate something that mounts onto the frame of the vehicle, so the guard absorbs the force, rather than whatever the guard hits after something hits the guard :P

Is there a header as good or better than the SVTF's stock that doesn't sit as low? I'll be going to NYC again in May and it would stink to lose another header and O2 sensor in the process like last time AARAGH!
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