Date Registered: 02-2016
Location: Adelaide, South Australia
TOTAL POSTS: 124
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, 9:29 pm
Silver 2012 Series 5 4WD X-Trail
20/Aug/2017, 11:29 pm
Date Registered: 12-2019
TOTAL POSTS: 15
Re: bash plate and other additions
You could always get Boo's to send you the bash plates and then get your mechanic to install them for you. The labour shouldn't be too much as the plates don't take that long to fit. I have Boo's bash plates fitted. They are great and second to none. Good luck with it.
Paul and Di
Member ID: X-5745
2012 T31 Series IV Ti 4x4 CVT in Flint
Kenwood H/U, Tinted windows, Towbar, Bonnet & Headlight Protectors, Cargo Carpet, 2nd Drawer, Weather Shields, Boo's Bash Plates, Forum Sticker.
19/Jun/2020, 10:58 am