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The greatest Idea for a skid plate ever

Discussion in 'Offroad Accessories' started by Stic-o, October 12, 2004.

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    1. Stic-o

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      I laughed when I saw this....and then i started thinking.....That would work! :eek:

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      Yes that is a Poly cutting board. It would not dent, never rust, deflect, not conduct heat, easy to cut and drill and cheap to make. If only it came in a different color :rolleyes:
       
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      I looked around for pricing... and found a place with 20"x15"x1/2" for $6.63 Each.

      Or another place which you can order custom color and size for $12.24 Sq. Ft. Up to 60"x120"x1/2" They also Carry 1" thick.
       
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      Don't laugh, but I have made a few things out of this material. One was when I fabed a new bracket for my air ride suspension sensor. Hey, I don't have the tools or know how to fab out of metal so I had to make due with what I had! It has worked for about a year now with no problems, and it survived the cold winter we had last year.
       
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      I have heard that with the correct thickness they work great because they are so damn slick and you slide over everything no sweat.
       
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      There is a material called "UHMW" that we use at work all the time. It is cheap and comes in various thicknesses. We use it a lot for areas where object have to slide over surfaces without marring the object. This stuff works great. It can be cut with just about any saw (table saw works great) and is easyily drilled.
       
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      You can get that type material for free if you find poly barrels and cut them apart. Chemical barrels are typically made of some of the best stuff on earth, and you can get several sheets out of one. They run to over 1/4 inch thick and in many colors.

      There are some rock crawler dudes that are using the poly to cover the undersides of their buggies - cheap - rebounds from a hit - and easy to work with. It can gouge or stick on a rock, but likely no worse than aluminum or steel.
       
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      hhmm... anyone knows if home depot has some? interesting.
       
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      yea this has def got me thinking....i wanted a skid plate and this looks like a great option.
       
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      Interesting idea.

      I would like to see a pic of a rock on a jack lifting the front of that truck right in the center of the poly. That would, at least, start to convince me of its strength (ultimately like to see twice my truck weight on it).
       
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      wherer did you find this info at? website?
       
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      yea seriously, where's this website at?

      and different colors? sounds like a rattle can job to me. or for $3.15 you get a big can un undercoating...

      this stuff would fit my needs perfectly.. basically protect sticks from protruding my radiator (i dont rock crawl often). And ive been thinking of designing a skid plate that would protect and also channel air to the bottom of the engine...
       
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      awesome...thanks for the info....i am def going to check this out...seems like a great and inexpensive way of protection
       
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      ill be making some measurements tomorrow :D


      another reason i like this stuff- its light as hell too... i was gonna make one out of 1/4" steel but #1 its a pain to shape #2 its a pain to cut #3 id ruin a few drill bits #4 its heavy.

      For trail rigs, this stuff may not be the way to go... but for a DD like mine that offroads 80% of the time in the Pines... its gold :thumbsup:
       
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      Welcome ;) Should I post the picture that the skid plate is on? :D

      You will not belive it! How about a before picture :p

      [​IMG]
       
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      enough teasing, lets see it :D
       
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      OK here she is :eek:

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      crazy stuff...i would cruse around it in :D
       
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      thats awesome and a great idea....the lexus doesn't surprise me, i was actually waiting for something like that- those things are awesome off-road stock.
       
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      ok, help me find a 30x30 sheet of this stuff

      otherwise ill be making a "skeleton" out of those metal bars from home depot and buying two sheets/cutting them symetrical to each other/bolting on..but thats a lot more work than getting 30x30 and cutting it to the shape i want :D
       
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      holy crap:
      color size $/sqft total
      Black .5" thick Custom Cut - 30"w / 30"h 1 $12.24/sqft $76.50
      Checkout Price $76.50

      same size in white = $56
       
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      Instead of the cutting boards or the UHMW go with a material called Delrin. Its harder and slicker than the UHMW (we use both here at work) probably about like the cutting board. And you can order it from McMaster Carr in pretty much whatever size you want. Actually you can probably order the material they make the cutting boards out of from them.

      The only issue with the Delrin is whether it will flex that much for you, but hey, another guy working here is planning on using it to make a full skid pan for his rallycross car.

      Just my 2 cents.
       
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      i was actually not even planning on having it flex like that. was going to hook it up from the bottom of my brush guard and go straight back to my cross member like the tranny line protector does. Only problem i see is finding a way to bolt it to the cross member..
      and since the material is somewhat flexible, i was thinking about using a round joint to connect it to the brush guard rather than bolting it... that way incase of an accident with a tree or something it would have more room to flex and not shear..
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      i was just gonna say, i checked out that delrin stuff; i dont think its worth $230 for a 24"x48" sheet..
       

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