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Hi Roger,

I can't tell for sure if it'll be suited for off-road like Type 2 until I get it and test fit it. It is arriving soon.

This is an overseas Nissan item (not Australia)

I don't have a part number, but will be able to tell when I receive it.

The undercarriage at the front is the same for Series I and II, so it will fit both models.

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Thanks, Jalal.

Will await further info.

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I'll definately be interested in getting a bash plate sorted out for my Exy as well. A recent trip into the hills proved that I was taking it too easy on my Exy (and hence getting stuck on tops of hills), whilst my mate just powered around with his Daihatsu and didn't care, and hence made it everywhere easily.

Having the bash plate will give me some more piece of mind, and hence a better attitude to attack those hills.
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Hi Guys,

I have received Bash Plate Type 1 this morning and spent around 4 hours fitting it.

This type of bash plate is a bit trickier to fit than Type 2, but I like it nevertheless.

The difficulty in installing it was caused by my aftermarket nudge bar, the brackets of which were blocking 2 screws that needed to come-out from the front of the car to hold the new bash plate in place, but the nudge bar brackets were blocking these 2 screws, so I ended-up removing the nudge bar to fit the bash plate emoticon

Those of you with a factory nudge will NOT have this problem and the installation will probably take you approx. 1-2 hours

This bash plate weighs 5Kg only and it's made of pretty tough aluminium material.

It fits perfectly in place and uses 5 fixing points at the front and one main bracket at the back wrapped around the chassis.

In addition to those fixing points, it wraps around the factory plastic guards on each side using a fork type bracket and when one screw hole is drilled on each side of the car (in the plastic guards) the bolt goes through this hole an into a metal bracket and forces the plastic guards to be become one piece of the whole bash plate (solid as a rock)

There was no need to remove any of the factory plastic guards. Just 2 holes needed to be drilled in them.

Here is how the brackets should be attached to the bash plate.

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Here are the pics of the plastic guards attached and tightened to the bash plate.

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Here is the main rear bracket that U shaped and wraps around the chassis to hold the bash plate from the centre.

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And here is the front of the bash plate attached in place.

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Here is where the bash plate ends at the rear (just before the oil sump plug)

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As you may have already noticed, this type of bash plate is a bit shorter (from the rear) than Type 2 which I have previously test-fitted. It leaves just a bit of the transmission box exposed, but still goes under it to provide the needed protection. It cover the oil sump in full, leaving just the oil sump plug exposed for easy access to change oil. The transmission sump plug is also easily accessible.

Now that I had the chance to test fit BOTH types of bash plates on offer, I can tell you the following:

1. BOTH types will fit AUTO and Manual xtrails with no problems whatsoever.

2. The weight of Type 1 is 5Kg and the weight of Type 2 is 5Kg as well.

3. BOTH are made from the same tough aluminium material.

4. In my view, Type 2 is more suited for off-road, as it covers more at the rear and extends all the way back.

5. Type 1 provides extra protection and structural strength to the factory plastic guards (type 2 doesn't)

6. BOTH bash plates will fit ALL xtrail models (petrol engine that is)

So here you go, both bash plates have now been displayed and test fitted emoticon

I have decided to keep this one attached to my exy and this means that Type 2 bash plate will go on sale to one lucky member of our forum who would grab it first. It will be shortly listed in the "For Sale" section.

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Jalal,
 Nice looking bash plate. One question, what is the circular cut-out on the passenger side for. It looks a little odd.

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Thanks Brett.

I kept looking and looking at the circle thinking I might have something behind the factory plastic guard that would stick-out through it at the end, but nope.

I can only assume that the models overseas might have something that is sticking out in that area under the car, while we don't have that.

Doesn't matter, extra ventilation won't hurt emoticon

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4. In my view, Type 2 is more suited for off-road, as it covers more at the rear and extends all the way back.


It would be easy enough to make an extension plate to cover the end bit of the tranny.

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Doesn't matter, extra ventilation won't hurt emoticon


From the photo it looks like this hole is blocked by the plastic guard anyway.Yes Brett, it does look a little odd but maybe we could attach the bash plate under the plastic so the hole is not seen ?

I prefer the type 1 plate and would make an extension plate to cover the extra at the rear.

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When I look at the photo of Type 1 bash plate fitted to an overseas model (below) it seems they have a different configuration of the front passenger plastic guard

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They have taken out half of the front plastic guard and left the corner exposed. In doing that they also have some sort of an exposed thingy that goes through this circle opening.

In my case, I realized that the front plastic guard is an extension to the guard that goes under the fender and the only way to remove it was to cut it, when I removed this guard to see if I have something there that would stick-out of this cut circle, I didn't see anything that would require regular access (like a sump plug or a hose) so I decided to keep the plastic guard in its place. That way the corner was fully covered as well (see below pic)

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This circle is not visible at all when the car is on the ground, but yeah, it can be covered if you're that fussed about it emoticon




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Excellent work Jalal. Will we be able to order the Type 1 plate through you or organise a group buy?
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Hi Julian,

If there is enough interest, we can generate a group-buy for this of course.

For 1 or 2 bash plates to members in Sydney, I can order them for you directly without a group-buy and you'll be able to pick it up from me when it arrives.


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