Date Registered: 02-2016
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
TOTAL POSTS: 119
Re: T31 bash plates (Full Undercarriage Protection Set)
OK guys here it is:
Custom T31 Front Bash Plate
This is the top view;
This is the side profile;
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;
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;
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;
I cut the hole out using a 50mm hole saw 3 times in succession.
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.
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.
Last edited by Tomkazz, 21/Aug/2017, 10:29 pm
Silver 2012 Series 5 4WD X-Trail
21/Aug/2017, 12:29 am