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Old 01-23-2016, 08:01 PM   #1
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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


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.


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.

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



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



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Awesome. I'll have to keep this thread saved.
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Killer design man! I had to save your action pic in the snow too, just for how awesome the pic is! :)
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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.
WCRA July 12 Rally-X 070 by Norman Hayton, on Flickr
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Were you running a stock Focus "lift" on an SVT or something else? Looks taller than stock SVT
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Great low buck mod to save that header,,,,,,,,,
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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.
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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.
Skid plates, car lifts... I'm calling you when I build a rwd zx3!
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