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Date Registered: 02-2013
Location: Gold Coast
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I think the general advice is..... don't go spending money on a lift thinking that it will solve your sand issues. It won't. Just spend time practicing, driving with other experienced drivers, and most of all have fun with it.

Tyre pressures will always cause plenty of debate. All i can say about Bribie is what I have in my trip report about pressures, and it worked. I was prepared to go lower if needed but it was not required.

I will say also that the full set of bash plates I have really helped the car skid over the deep ruts. There was no crossmember and rear bumper dragging sand to slow me up. I may be kidding myself but I reckon the car's ability to skid over deep sand helped maintain momentum AND keep everything intact.

There were a couple of responses in the trip report from people saying that wanted a crack at Bribie. Maybe contact them and make a fun social day out of it, share advice and help eachother.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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mickyd t31 wrote:

I think the general advice is..... don't go spending money on a lift thinking that it will solve your sand issues. It won't. Just spend time practicing, driving with other experienced drivers, and most of all have fun with it.



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I will say also that the full set of bash plates I have really helped the car skid over the deep ruts. There was no crossmember and rear bumper dragging sand to slow me up. I may be kidding myself but I reckon the car's ability to skid over deep sand helped maintain momentum AND keep everything intact.



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Date Registered: 02-2014
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not sure I can justify spending 1300 on a full set of bash plates as I,m only interested in beach driving a handfull of times a year I guess, thought it maybe cheaper to get just the front one & maybe a raise.
Getting a quote for this from pedders tomorow.
A friend was telling me that bribie is known to be difficult to get from beach to track, he recons noosa north shore is much easier?
Wouldnt mind a social meet up & drive to bribie, but I,m a new member & not sure how to go about this

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You're after a quick justification for the bash plates? emoticon

Here it is:

 quick calculation of the cost to replace any of the major undercarriage components will show you the true value of the bash plates:
• The approximate cost to replace the front Oil Sump is $2,200 (parts only)
• The approximate cost to replace the rear Differential is $4,500 (parts only)
• The approximate cost to replace the Rear Bumper is $900.00 (parts only)

That’s close to $7,500 just for 3 components of your car not including labour to fit them. The full undercarriage protection and the bash plates will make sure these expensive components are fully protected and will replace the pathetic plastic guards that are there at the moment.

Would you rather take a chance of any of these components getting damaged while you're having fun? One time is more than enough to rip the rear bumper off.

Yes, it's cheaper just to get the front one, but from experience, it is usually the rear bumper that goes bust first if you go sand driving.

Anyway, it's your call of course.

All social meet-ups are to be organised in the Events & Meet-Ups section of the forum.

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Go for the bash plates sand or no sand. Seems a bit pricey to start with but they are cheap insurance. . I'm on my second front plate but I do lots more than sand. lol. The back one is still looking good and does keep the bottom of the bumper neatly tucked in so it doesn't catch on anything. Have a look at the full undercarriage thread. Start from pg 42 and work your way backwards. A few posts about broken bumpers in there.

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Full bash plates set highly recommended.....

I purchased my brand new exy in August 2010. Booked a "sand driving course" for October 2010. First time on the beach at the course and RIPPED rear bumper severely. Cost to repair $1400 of which I paid $500 insurance excess.

Lesson learnt very quickly and I bit the bullet and purchased full underbody protection kit through the forum.

Since Oct 2010 not one bit of trouble beach driving including many trips to Stockton Beach and an incredible 7 days all over Fraser Island. Oh, I did have a spring lift for Fraser which helped a bit but the bash plates are definitely the way to go........................peace of mind.

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my back plastic bumper is cracked in 2 spots( siliconed back together)
so I understand the need for a full set of bash plates,
was quoted 900 for front only installed from pedders.
so the full set from the forum is looking the better option...are they hard to install?
also got a quote for the lift..1600....thought that was a bit high?
was told I need springs & shocks. do you need the shocks?

 if I was to choose either raise or bash plates( as both at this stage are out of my budget
i guess bash plates would be the first option combined with more confident driving

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Awesome info in regards to tyre pressures. I am off to Bribie Island next week and this will be my first time driving on the beach. 18" TL Alloys are coming off tomorrow and fitting 16" Steel rims (for the time being) to hold BF 225/70/16's. I don't have Bash plates as yet but they are my next purchase.

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Date Registered: 12-2010
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Bruceman4 wrote:
 if I was to choose either raise or bash plates( as both at this stage are out of my budget
i guess bash plates would be the first option combined with more confident driving



Yeah I recommend bash plates as first option....peace of mind when departure angle not quite right for sand dunes or wash-a-ways etc on the beach. Bash plates were easy to fix from instructions supplied.

As for spring lift........I had mine done at Pedders for around $600. They didn't mention anything about needing new shocks!



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Date Registered: 09-2012
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Bruce, the rear is dead easy. The diff pretty simple. The front took more effort, but once you've done one it does become easier.

Let me know if you need a hand emoticon

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Mark

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