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Old 03-04-2006
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skip plate question

I am planning on making a skid plate to replace the crappy thing that is protecting my radiator lines or whatever they are. I am not looking to create something that will be used to run into things with just something that can with stand running into a snow bank. That is the way I broke the thing that is on there now.

This is my plan so far. To cut and bend a peice of alluminum diamond plate that will in the end look like you would expect a skid plate to look like. I am not sure on any particulars yet because I have not gotten under there and looked. I will do this before I fully begin and take measurements and create some drawings so others can use them. I plan to make a small frame to give it some more strength.

With a small frame for strength would a 1/16 peice be enough or do I really need 1/8. Keep in mind I am not looking to slid up trees or rocks. Mostly this is to be used to keep out sticks and flying mud.

98 Xlt 4x4 auto 4.0L
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Explorer rear, 4wheel discs, 4.56, and a rear lunchbox locker.
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Herculined bed and a topper.
Diamond plate skid plate.
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Old 03-05-2006
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I think 1/16th diamond plate with some sort of frame work will hold up to what you will be doing with it. Make sure you attach it in a way that it is easy to remove when working under the engine
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A couple of ideas:
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