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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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      the custom colors are pretty expensive, but if you just go with a pre made cutting board from one of the other sites its still really inexpensive, i am also going to see what the stores at home have this weekend
       
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      Remember - chemical storage barrels = FREE...

      They are between 1/4" and 3/8". I've cut up tons of them... You get a nice big sheet and several smaller pieces.

      Cut them with a sawsall - circle saw - jig saw, whatever.

      Just make sure that you wear gloves when handling the barrels initially - try to understand what was in them, and use some basic chemistry to neutralize. Start by rinsing them out carefully with H2O, then if acid, neutralize with caustic if caustic, neutralize with acid - weak solution, rinse around, rinse with clear water.
       
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      That is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use, clean. That is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use clean. That is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use clean. That is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use clean. That is why I ALWAThaThat is why I ALWAYSThat is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use clean. lick the barrels That is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use clean.that I use clean.t is why I ALWAYS lick That is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels thaThat is why I ALWAYS lick the barrels that I use clean.t I use clean.the barrels that I use clean.YS lick the barrels that I use clean.UUUUUUUUUuUUuuuuuuuuuUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuruurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...........................
       
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      Anyone made one out of the UHMW or the plastic barrel????
       
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      ehhh never got around to it......i couldent find one local the size i needed, so i just put it off till anoter time....plus i am flat broke
       
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      i really like this idea, and i am desperate need of some more protextion for my X. so i was wondering where would i bolt this "cutting board" to?
      Davis
       
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      Thats awesome! I want to see how well it holds up :)
      Whats next? teflon coated skid plates? for slickrock? hahaha
       
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      Great thread, this will be perfect for my ATV!!!
       
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      I know this size has been posted before, but I just saw at my local Wal-Mart a 15x20 cutting board it $9.00. Maybe that would be less expensive than the $7.00 one on the internet plus shipping. Plus a little more conveinent (sp?).
      Not sure if anyone has measured underneath their truck, so I dont know if this will fit. I'll get on it soon. I really need some radiator protection for now.
       
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      I got a 30"x30" for mine, but I am sure you could get creative and make a bracket to hold the two pieces of cutting board together and cut to shape. I'll have to check it out at my local Wal-mart.
       
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      You got 30x30? Let's see pics installed. Everyone keeps talking up the idea, but no action yet.....are you our guinea pig?
       
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      another source for it:

      www.ainplastics.com

      They have facilities all over the place.

      I think Rubbermaid should immediately begin the production of rock crawlers. I mean seriously, tumble it down a rock wall, flip it back over, and [thunk] pop the dents back out like the garbage can you backed into in the garage. Or, never again worry about someone backing into you in a parking lot!

      That's my million dollar idea.

      Seriously, though, I've got my doubts about the ability of a 1/2" cutting board Delrin or otherwise and its ability to hold a 3000 lb vehicle off a rock. Maybe once or twice, but I don't see it lasting.

      -Joe
       
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      great idea seen it on four wheelers and works extremely well never really put it with anything any bigger
       
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      I've got a couple of SHEETS of the stuff from a project at work... :D

      It will be covering a lot of the underneath of my Ranger build.

      The best thing is that NOTHING sticks to it -- bye-bye mud.
       
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      Actually, that stuff is pretty strong. There are sheets of it under the combind heads that we have on our farm, that are constantly drug over the ground to keep the height of the head constant with slight ground variations. We've never broken any and they are constanly going over rocks, and corn stalks, which are a lot stronger then you think. I would put some sort of a frame to suport it though, because it does flex a a bit depending on thinkness.
       
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      my sliders will have plastic, um er well sliders.
      welcome to march 2005
       
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      so I thought, i's bring this thread back from the dead.

      I still need to build a skid plate for my t-case, so I think I'll give this a try. I'm going to order a piece of 18"x36" that will mount right under the frame like a belly pan. My only concern is at this point is, one of my cats is right over where it would be. This stuff has a melting point of about 220*-260*:( Maybe if I wrap the cat with header tape or something:rolleyes:
       
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      What's the clearance between cat and skidplate? Even 1/2" or so should make a big difference in heat transfer (as long as you're right side up that is... ;)). Let me know how it works if you do it. I'm deciding on a front skidplate myself and the "standard" (Ranger/Superlift) parts look like tin foil compared to modern plastics.
       
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      I will be watching this.


      Possibly a weight saving option for the new crawler
       
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      Maybe for the temperature you could put some shielding on it
       
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      Just to add my 2 pennies, I work here in St Louis at a electrical parts manufacturer and use the above mentioned materials in various thickness' including UHMW, Delrin, teflon, nylon, and lexan. We also carry fibreglass reinforced sheet laminates. I run a 10' CNC panel saw and have cut and machined these materials daily, some of the sheet laminates have really surprized me at the flexability and strength of these materials. This has really got me thinking because of the amount of materials that we throw away. Over the next couple days I am going to be getting the material spec sheets including the fracture test, heat restistance, and costs per Sq.ft
       
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      A new Vendor! ;)
       
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      well I recived my cuttingboard today:D looks like it should work good, It pretty rigid, until you step in the middle and it flexs but, I think it will work well. My plan is to make a template from cardboard and then cut and drill the cuttingboard. I will use the rear bolt holes off the trans suport for a front mounting location, and then have some kind of bracket to mount the sides to the frame, and then a rear mount off the front of the gas tank mount I think.
       
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      Put some sort of backer metal behind it - otherwise the first time you drop down on a stump, you'll punch a hole right through it.
       

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