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928 bush plate

I saw this on a 928 this morning, and I want one, with maybe a few changes. Seems like it does three things;

Protects front of the engine, AC, oil pan, and alternator.
Rigidly couples the left and right frame thing.
Replaces the easily damaged factory belly pan.

Changes I would make are;

Use a factory bolt as a mounting point if possible.
Make bends instead of welds.
Make a little wider to cover full width of the support it attaches to and add a attachment point to the front maybe at the top fo the support where the bolts are.



This one shows front mounting holes not used, present rear mounting and nice bolt already next to it on suspension.
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looks like they're planning for the Dakar rallye.....
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It looked to me something between 1/8" and 1/4", its aluminum, and weighed maybe 10lbs or less. It only needs thickness for about 3" each way from the bottom bend, the front could be much thinner and welded on. That might be handy too as it would make the front part easier to bend and shape into just the desired form to match the factory belly pan mounting points.
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Well, I was thinking of adding Carl's set of under car pans, but the main pan he has bolts to the front pan; seems like that the attachment points might get stuck on something and take out the back pan with it. Whatever I struck last week, some raised part of the road, it took the alternator with it, broke part of the mounting point off and shop says >$1000 to fix (I don't have any welding experience or equipment). So, this type of pan looks like something in my very near future. Car is now in the shop so I'm missing out on SITM because of this. I took vacation time, so that time is now going to be spent checking out metal and machine shops to fabricate something like this.
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I like this idea a lot. I may manufacture one for myself.
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looks like they're planning for the Dakar rallye.....
Looks like they drive in Philadelphia.
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Wow, $1k to weld the block seems kind of extreme.

Plate on the car in the pictures clearly has seen some hits, but I bet once you have one it makes you maybe a little too brave. I know giving the front a good smack sure makes me chicken, so one is going on mine at the same time I change the front shocks.
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