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Date Registered: 02-2016
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
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Re: T31 bash plates (Full Undercarriage Protection Set)


Hi Ryan,

It was lots of fun the first time, making things from scratch is great.

I don't take the plates of too often ( and still working on the rear diff plate due to the fixing points being in difficult places) when I get some time I will take it off and send you the dimensions of the front plate and side pipe cover plate. The side cover plate protects all the pipes carrying fuel, brake fluid, etc.

The only thing you need to source is either 2mm or 3mm flat galv plate.

In Adelaide a sheet of 3mm plate cot me $100 and luckily i work for Stratco, a company able to fold this for me.

There should be several companies able to do this in NSW including Stratco.

So far the plates have cost me $330 (including some test pieces for the diff)

Cheers,
Tom


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Tom,

I am reading your reply to how you built the bash plate and would like to get pics of the plates
sent to me to see if possible for me to make them up also.

thanks Ray

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Guys,

There have been several queries regarding my custom bash plate.

I will be doing some control arm work this weekend so will remove the bash plate at the same time.

Will have the angles recorded and the dimensions required for this to be completed.

cheers
Tom


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Re: T31 bash plates (Full Undercarriage Protection Set)


OK guys here it is:

Custom T31 Front Bash Plate

This is the top view;
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This is the side profile;
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First you must decide what thickness of material you want to use. 2mm or 3mm Galv High Tensile steel is fine. In Adelaide I purchased a medium sheet 900x1200 x 3mm for $100.

Next you must cut the sheet to the following dimensions.

650 wide at the rear and 800 wide at the front with a total length of 800mm;
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This will now leave you with a trapezoid shape.

The next step is to get the angles bent up.

In Adelaide I used my place of work (Stratco) to bend up the steel but you could use anyone you know that bends steel.

From front to back measure the following steps;
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Just to re-cap, it should go 100mm, 300mm, 200mm, 100mm, 100mm.

I have worked out the angles to all be 10 degrees.

The next step is to cut out the sump plug access.
Dimensions from edge of sheet are;
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I cut the hole out using a 50mm hole saw 3 times in succession.
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Next, I cut out 3 slots for air flow onto the oil sump.
This was based on several pages in this forum that suggested it was a good idea.
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The final steps are to drill 4 holes in the plate to suit the holes in the engine bay.

Best way for this is the following;

Lift the car at the front on both sides for ease of access.
Remove both front tyres. If you look at the frame behind the tyres, there is a hole either side that will accept an 8x100 high tensile bolt.
At the front there are 2 holes just under the radiator that will accept 8x75 high tensile bolts.
Make sure to use a high tensile washer either side as well.

Use a jack to lift the plate in place and lock against the car frame.

Best way to mark where to drill is a thin permanent marker.

Once marked, drill out the holes and bolt on.

Would love to see anyone that has successfully replicated this idea.

Also, I am currently designing the diff plates, will advise when complete.

cheers,
Tom








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Hi guys

For anyone still reading the forums and interested, Boo's Bash Plates (I think they're in Victoria?) make bash plates for all kinds of 4x4 vehicles.

I recently bought a 2012 T31 and contacted them for a price for front and rear. $440 shipped to Brisbane + installation instructions - photos on their website.

Not bad I think.

Boo's Bash Plates

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I installed Boo’s Bash Plates during the week. They look great and will ensure I don’t tear my rear bumper again
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