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PostSubject: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Sat Sep 25, 2010 3:17 am

Easy and effective mod for the 4wd. I've been meaning to do this ever since i first drove it on the beach... this can be done quickly and easily using existing bolt holes for very little time involved and will stop your SC from being a sand plough and collecting debris up into the engine bay.
For this i used a 3mm thick aluminium check plate 540x650mm and lined up and drilled holes for the existing bolts and had my sheet metal mate put a slight bend across the bottom. All for a case of beer! Cheers!
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:14 pm

Shiny! and very checkery. Nice tow hook too, makes me jelous of you 4WD guys. Untill I drive into any car park I want..HAHA.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:52 pm

Nice very nice

i've been thinking about doing the same

where did you get the tow hook from i need one lol
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PostSubject: checked skid plate   Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:14 am

i like this. My Van needs a new one. I will try to model this. The one on mine is hanging down with the the front bolt holes ripped out. I killed a grouse with it (unintentionally) the other day. thanks for posting the photo and dimensions.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:13 am

tamarack wrote:
I killed a grouse with it (unintentionally) the other day.

thats so wrong lol

i hope you had grouse for dinner lol
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:41 am

i'm saving it for ya
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:49 am

mattyj wrote:
Nice very nice

i've been thinking about doing the same

where did you get the tow hook from i need one lol

It's just a D shackle out of my recovery kit hooked to the standard towing point.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:30 pm

don't want to be a party pooper, but wont it reduce the cooling efficency of the horizontal radiator by reducing the airflow around it?

It does look good though and the D shackle is a good idea.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:42 pm

simongd wrote:
don't want to be a party pooper, but wont it reduce the cooling efficency of the horizontal radiator by reducing the airflow around it?

It does look good though and the D shackle is a good idea.

It wouldn't affect the cooling system but it could affect the a/c efficiency
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:20 am

Can't speak for all models but i know on mine that the horizontal radiator has a plastic air duct that vents out both sides, so in fact it makes no difference. I was more concerned about the main radiator not getting enough air flow... I have a digital engine temp gauge to keep an eye on things and all good so far but hasn't really had a good test yet. I can always cut some air vents into the top part of the bash plate if i have problems.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:13 am

I wasn't knocking it burnsy - its a neat solution - and probably isn't a good idea anyway to have a/c on sucking up sand into the matrix
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:00 pm

the air con actually blows through the raid top down on mine so the plate shouldn't really do anything other then push the air flow back towards the cross member

maybe a couple of vents just to send air down would be good but not necessary
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:53 am

burnsey did you have a problem with the engine fan sucking sand up into it when on the beach

ill post up some pics but above the fan i now dont have the heat shield as it got destroyed on the week end


also can you ask your mate if he can make me a bash plate too and how much i think i need it to be a bit longer to go under the fan too

im a little bit harder on the van then you guys
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:10 am

Yeah the beach was the main reason for making the bash plate. The front used to act like a shovel forcing sand up into the radiator and engine bay. I still get a bit of sand but nothing like before.

I used thin alloy checker plate, not very strong for rocks but better than plastic. If your going hard than you will need one made from steel. I got a aluminium sheet metal guy to put the right bend in mine but if you want to extend it further underneath you might need some real fancy cutting and bending. Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:30 am

even if its two separate plates or something

can you ask him tho i need one asap now lol
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:29 am

Matty, i can get him to do another one like mine? You would want it made of steel though yeah? Also i don't have a template to make a longer one.. like you said it would have to be a separate plate, so you would have to make a template to suit your van.. it might be slightly different under yours than mine?
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:04 am

thats cool

how much he want to do it in steel and in alloy

ill try to do a template as well for the second plate
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:28 am

Ok will call him tomorrow for ya.
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:49 am

thanks man
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:36 am

Burnsey you're a bloody legend.
I want one too!
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:56 am

im sure a few others will too
lol
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:19 pm

well i have made a plate myself for now and it works went out yesterday and tested it

i hit a sand stone rock and cut the top off it so it works lol i think
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:00 pm

Hay guy's sorry for not getting back to you sooner, work has kept me too busy. Embarassed

I spoke to the sheet metal guy about making them out of something stronger like 3mm steel plate but he said we would have to supply him as he doesn't work with any thing thicker than 1.5mm. Cost for him would be very minimal like a case of beer.

Matty, what did you make your from? I think mine is 2.5mm thick alloy... wouldn't fair well to rock impacts but does the job keeping sand and muck from pushing up into the engine bay.

My new truck arrived the other day, so i will be putting mine up for sale in the next few weeks... let me know if you want my bash plate Matty, or any other items like the brand new snorkel i never got around to installing. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: DIY 4wd Bash plate.   Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:04 am

i made mine from a council sign i had found out the back lol i dont think it will do much to really protect that cross member but it should help on the sand and in water
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