Skid Plate underbody panels for Gen II Prius

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  1. TerryS2K

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    I just finished installing my lift kit this past weekend and I'm happy with the extra ground clearance! Definitely looking into skid plate options next. It's too bad that BT Tech Skid Plate isn't available any longer. Wish there was a template around to recreate it!

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    How hard would it be to make our own out of aluminum without heavy duty tools for bending it? IMG_20190414_174903.jpeg

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    if the aluminum isn't really thick, it shouldn't be that difficult. if I was wanting to make a skid plate, I'd use the oe plastic panels as a template, and use some of the original mounting points, then use cardboard to extend the template to the front of the subframe. if someone wanted to steal a big street sign and bring it to me I'd be happy to attempt a prototype, but no way I'm paying for a big sheet of aluminum.
     
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    Bet there are a bunch out there in the wild. I still have a new unmounted one collecting dust, which I had planned on using as a template.
    Yeah, I priced out various sheets of material and thicknesses awhile back and couldn't see anyone paying over material cost for a finished product, but I could be wrong. Maybe a thinner gauge metal and or priced over $300 it might work. Will have to start looking for large sheets at the recology centers to use for prototyping an improved/updated version.
     
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    Congrats, Terry, on the lift! Which kit did you use?

    As for bending thick plate, some people make cuts at the bends to make it easier.

    Traffic signs are only 2mm thick usually (less than 1/10"). I've read most rally plates are 3/16" (4.7mm) with some now 1/4".

    The radiator, to me, seems particularly vulnerable, and of course, the oil pan. I'm thinking about some kind of tubing/pipe to protect those areas in particular, but I am totally inexperienced in this area :: shrugs ::

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    One other thought has been some sort of composite - fiberglass over aluminum, maybe?
     
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    I put on the BT skid plate with the separate plate for the bumper. The bumper plate really liked to get hung up on concrete parking curbs. You would have to lift the front of the car and push it off the parking curb.
    It finally got taken off and pitched.
    It was going to get ripped off anyway.
    Ive got the TRD suspension kit on mine and it lowered the ride a bit so I like having the skid plate, there is a lot of fragile aluminum under there and a ton of crap in the road.
     
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    Nice to know. Guess I won't be installing the separate bumper plate anytime soon then.
     
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    You ca try it, my Prius is lowered by 1” in the front with the TRD suspension. Just watch those parking curbs. It you hear it scrape don’t put it in reverse, put it in neutral and get out and look if you have gone over. It’s easy to lift up and roll back. It didn’t happen that often. Of course when the wife was driving she went over a tall one with rebar sticking up. Got out of the store, put it in reverse and that’s the last time the plate was seen. She didn’t even know it ripped off.
     
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