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Date Registered: 01-2011
Location: WATERLOO, SYDNEY
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Re: T31 bash plates (Full Undercarriage Protection Set)


Hello fellow X-trailers,

I'm not good at using computers, so I have to quote page references 'cause I don't know how to make links.
 
Re "Full under-body guard T31 petrol"

Looking at the front end:-
Post:- Page 4 - Jalal 11/2/09 - 9:06pm and through to Page 5 - Jalal 18/3/09 - 9:54am.
TJM sump guard.
I had one of these fitted Nov 2012.
I also had the nasty vibration. This was caused by the engine mount flanges of the rear torque rod fouling the sump guard under acceleration. (Rear torque rod shown in the manual on page EM 182 - item 6).
Simple fix - cut a hole to clear.
This problem has been mentioned previously, but I can't find the post.
The all-up, drive away cost of this in 2012?
 $252.
Most likely a bit more now.

Now the rear end:-
"T31 Rear Bumper acts as a sand scoop (rear bash plate solution)"
Page 1 - Tim551 - 6/7/2008 - 4:58pm

I designed my own SKID plate. (Note that I didn't say BASH plate). It's 600mm wide x 400mm deep/long.
The front edge of my design only extends approximately 50mm forward of the centre of the spare wheel well.
Not enough?
Well, if someone traverses territory rough enough to bash in the spare wheel well of their T31 Exy, then I suggest they invest in a Patrol.
The X-Trail is not designed for that sort of work.
I have taken my Exy on some very grotty trails in the mid north coast forests and have gone within a poofteenth of ripping out the so-called rear bumper (sheared the two panel clips), but the spare wheel well hasn't even been grazed!! I only want to protect that rear bumper.(Has anyone gone up Kurrajong Road (Road?) in the Collombatti State Forest north west of Kempsey? The last 500m to the lookout is nasty!. There is a better way to get to it though). Don't bother looking for it on Google Maps - it's not there. As far as I can tell, It's only on 1:25000 topo maps, and even on those, it shows as a dotted line.
We all know what that means.

My design is made from 2.5mm galvanised steel and it weighs 4.7kg (theoretically - I haven't got it yet - it was ordered today).
The cost? $78.50.


The diff?
No plans at the moment. (No marks on it yet. I guess I was lucky when I drove over boulders).

One may come to the conclusion that my baby has been treated with kid gloves.
Well, it's true.
Look underneath the rear end and it's still black and shiny.
The inside of the wheels are cleaned.
The wheel wells are spotless and the plastic inner guards look as new.
I keep a very detailed log and here are some figures:
Bought new June 4th 2010 (April '10 build). km on odo - 11
km as of last Friday - 113224
km breakup - 85% country - 15% metro.
There's not one panel on it that hasn't been scratched.
Not too many beaches, but lots of narrow forest trails (hence the scratches from trees and bushes).

 So, in conclusion: $252 for the front guard
           $78.50 for the rear
That leaves approximately $900 for a postage stamp size diff guard.

Sorry Jalal, but I think $1300 is a bit steep.
I don't mean to offend.

Thank you to all the members that have posted subjects that I have spent many, many hours gleaning information from and therefore expanding my knowledge of our much-loved machine.

Best wishes to all for now and for Xmas.

Rogan
  


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No offence taken at all Rogan and that it your own opinion which you are of course entitled to make. At the end of the day you get what you pay for and these bash plates have indeed saved many xtrails over the years, so it's not an imaginative claim and being made in Europe and specifically designed and tested for the T31 X-Trail they do indeed come at a cost that not everyone can afford.

I never said they were the only solution to protect the under-carriage of your X=Trail, but they were and still are the only "complete" solution in one package without having to worry about modifications and cutting any holes to suit.

In any case, this will be the last batch of them as I will not be placing an order anymore. Too much hassle and waiting time which I no longer can afford to commit.

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Not everyone is mechanical adept either.
This was the first "mod" I added to Strez. (Not many others either since).
But I have had a ball getting out there and knowing that I have "protection". My front plate has had a little lip forced on it from my only bog, last month. (God bless the Hilux with a winch)
Comparing the cost of any real repair work being required, especially as I don't have the know how to do more than change a tyre, put in a maxtrax or attach the hitch recovery, it is a great investment for ME, to enjoy the reason I bought an Xtrail, to enjoy our great camping opportunities.
Horses for Courses.


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I have the ability to make this sort of thing. However I'm lazy and can afford to buy the full set instead of shopping for the individual sets part by part.

Most other things I make, since I tend to have the time to do that when I decide I need them.


But whichever way people go, I really do recommend having something there, instead of the piece of plastic at the font and nothing at the back.

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Date Registered: 09-2013
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I am currently in the process of making all 3 plates. I am making them from 3mm galv and then powder coating them black. It's a slow process as I want to get it right first time. If they turn out semi professional lol I might consider making them to sell to others on the forum once jalalskis supply has run dry. Obviously not as a professional tested product etc but the cost will obviously reflect this. Anyway it's just an idea at the moment, I'll keep posting my progress as I go. Cheers

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All inventions are welcome but if they become commercial we will need to talk about it first emoticon

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All inventions are welcome but if they become commercial we will need to talk about it first emoticon



No worrys Jalalski emoticon will do!

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Date Registered: 09-2014
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Wow! I really was the boy that kicked the hornets nest. Sorry people. I didn't mean for it to evolve like this. My main concern all along was that I wanted my bumper to stay where its meant to this summer at the beach.

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I have the ability to make this sort of thing. However I'm lazy and can afford to buy the full set instead of shopping for the individual sets part by part.

Most other things I make, since I tend to have the time to do that when I decide I need them.


But whichever way people go, I really do recommend having something there, instead of the piece of plastic at the font and nothing at the back.



My view exactly. Could make something, but how many weekends will I use up doing so? Would rather spend that time with my family. This is why I purchased a set from here. Cheers for the kit, Jalal.

For the Gents going ahead and making something for yourselves - Good stuff. There's nothing like standing back and admiring something you've fabricated, knowing you've saved yourself a bit of cash.

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Date Registered: 12-2014
Location: Adelaide
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Hi Jalal,
let me know if you require a 'local' to manufacture any of these going forward.
Custom manufactured items for ongoing supply is what i do, from 1 offs to small batch qty's right up to production runs I can assist.
Based in Adelaide, full 1-stop service.
have supplied to tjm and gitsham in past times, sing out if you ever need.

In the meantime im currently measuring up my t31 diesel rear-end for some 'more substantial' protection, it will most likely be more a brace bar which interconnects where the towbar mounts to the rear rails, off of which will be a skid plate, with attachment points to have a couple of skid bars and/or plates mounted to.
I have seen what sand does to the rear bar..., and id hate to see what some steep angles will do WHEN I try them, as its not a matter of if, but when i do.....

ciao for now....
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