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Old 02-23-2010, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Plastic Skid Plate

I just changed my oil for the first time on my '05 GTO and now know there is a 20 pound metal skid plate covering everything up. Does anyone know if there is a lighter, maybe plastic, option?
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There are lots of options, you could either get a BMR skidplate (pretty much just sheet metal), an SLP skidplate (welded bars), or leave it off all together.

I've had mine off almost since the day I purchased the car. A lot of guys are going to tell you that you will need it just in case you hit something, but honestly it's very unlikely as the oil pan does not sit as far down as the K member. Even if you do strike something and mess it up (albeit unlikely), that's what comprehensive insurance is for.
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I wouldn't pay $0.01 for a light weight skid plate unless I was racing professional and weight reduction was beign taken very serious. It is just a waste of money.

I actually took a dremmel and cut noches into 2 of the bolt holes on just 1 side of the plate. Now I only have to remove 2 screws and losten the other 2 to slide it off. It make things so much easier.

Hope this helps.
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1) While I agree it's unlikely you NEED it... I have a ding in my skidplate where it's been hit.

2) For the purposes of oil changes... remove (3) bolts, leaving one of the rears in place (but loosened a couple turns). Just swing it out of the way. No big deal.
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With the SLP skidplate, you can change the oil by just removing the filter.....
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With the SLP skidplate, you can change the oil by just removing the filter.....
Thats a pretty cool design.
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Great suggestions. Thanks for the help guys
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I know of a handfull of people that have hit the skid plate hard enough to damage it and not the oil pan. One guy accually cracked is oil pan because some chit in the road and lost oil.The oil pan is the lowest part of the car. if you drive your car on a trip and happen to crack your oil pan its not that easy of a fix. i'll keep my heavy plate on because I don't see the benefits of taking it off.
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You don't need it until you need it and then your engine is toast because you probably won' turn the car off fast enough. My skid plate has some nice nasty gouges. It's very easy to bottom out and where the K member doesn't matter. What can happen is when you turn into a driveway curb break the angle of the "hump" from the street and the angle of the car can make it bottom out right where the oil pan is. I know people that haven't used a seat belt since day one and they're fine. . . of course the day they're going to need it they're really going to need it.
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I've used it, and it appears the previous owner has had need of it too. This car sits kind of low compared to many cars I've had in the past, so I would rather keep mine in place so I don't rip the hell out of my underside.
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