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thenorm 01-23-2016 08:01 PM

pics of my skid plate
 
Since i just took the plate off, due to planning to sell the car.
I'm using the opportunity to show the skid plate and mounting, since this has been a subject I've seen here a few times. i think this is a good design as you dont have to drill in the car at all. you can see it just hanging below the bumper here
https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/...08999002_o.jpg

the plate it self is 3/16". It might not hold the full weight of the car, but it has taken some rather large hits in the process of my running rally-x and TSD rally. it clears the SVT header and cat. 5 bolts hold it on.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...psolzbhq7g.jpg

The front support verticals rest on the bottom of the frame rails. It uses existing bolts, the rear rad support bolt and one of the tie down bracket bolts.
The support is triangulated for maximum fore/aft stiffness. its probably a bit weak laterally, but the plate boxes it.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...psigunlwsl.jpg
hung between is a big piece of angle iron. I went through 3 size of angle (kept bending them). i did have to notch it for the header
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...psawsaxf6z.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...ps2dboubjb.jpg

the rear support is the suspension subframe. I have these captive nuts that i put up through a hole into the void in the subframe. i use a few blocks to ensure there is an air gap exist from the engine bay
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...psbbiiyt0c.jpg

02fordsvt 01-25-2016 07:51 AM

Awesome. I'll have to keep this thread saved.

cheap sleeper 01-25-2016 08:25 AM

Killer design man! I had to save your action pic in the snow too, just for how awesome the pic is! :)

thenorm 01-25-2016 12:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 02fordsvt (Post 9422114)
Awesome. I'll have to keep this thread saved.

Quote:

Originally Posted by cheap sleeper (Post 9422282)
Killer design man! I had to save your action pic in the snow too, just for how awesome the pic is! :)

thanks.

heres another good action shot on dirt.
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3886/...68432728_b.jpgWCRA July 12 Rally-X 070 by Norman Hayton, on Flickr

02fordsvt 01-25-2016 07:41 PM

Were you running a stock Focus "lift" on an SVT or something else? Looks taller than stock SVT

felixthecat 01-25-2016 08:01 PM

Great low buck mod to save that header,,,,,,,,,

thenorm 01-26-2016 10:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 02fordsvt (Post 9424218)
Were you running a stock Focus "lift" on an SVT or something else? Looks taller than stock SVT

very observant.
i built a 1" lift spacer that sits on the top hat and below the strut bearing.
i made it out of HDPE and some hole saws, because i didnt know how to use the lathe at work at the time. If i were to redo, it would be so simple to turn it out of aluminum.

excuse the dirt, and the home made quality. but it never failed.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...pslhzbberi.jpg

cheap sleeper 01-28-2016 02:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thenorm (Post 9426106)
very observant.
i built a 1" lift spacer that sits on the top hat and below the strut bearing.
i made it out of HDPE and some hole saws, because i didnt know how to use the lathe at work at the time. If i were to redo, it would be so simple to turn it out of aluminum.

excuse the dirt, and the home made quality. but it never failed.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y24...pslhzbberi.jpg

Skid plates, car lifts... I'm calling you when I build a rwd zx3!

PhilippeL 05-14-2016 08:15 PM

nice skid plate!


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