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Old 05-08-2012, 05:49 AM   #1
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E36 Skid Plate

Hey Guys,

I just recently bought a Supercharged 328is off this forum. Its very low and i'm looking for options for a skid plate. Preferable something that will cover the whole front and will sit nice and flush.
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Old 05-08-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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Skid plates aren't really an issue on E36's because of how far back and up the oil pan is, it's nowhere near the first point of inpact. A lot of people use X-Braces as an extra piece of mind to toughen the area up.
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Old 05-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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ya Id definitely do the xbrace.

though some e36 variants did actually come with a metal skid plate..hard to find though(dont hvae a part number but you can see the picture on real oem)

e46s did come with one as well
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if youre dead set on retrofiring a metal plate...It may bolt on easier than you think. many e46 parts do.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330...Body/ES128604/

youll have to google and/or try it yourself.


but id just do the xbrace
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:25 PM   #4
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x-brace with the plastic covering is probably your best bet. There's also a cover that closes up the transmission as well.





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Old 05-09-2012, 01:25 AM   #5
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^ RHD looks weird!
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:03 AM   #6
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Honestly, none of this will help any if you hit something hard! I will post pics tomorrow of what happens to that X-brace upon impact!
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #7
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I'm looking for something like this:

http://pgperformance.com/evolution-t....5-passat.html

Notice how well protected the front is.
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that looks more like a regular underpanel than a "skid plate"

motion motorsports has a metal under panel but that wont do squat if you bottom out.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:11 AM   #9
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This is what happens when you hit something hard, nothing will help you; it bend the X brace, subframe and broke the steering rack in pieces...
Oh and the driveline was knocked off both engine and transmission mounts!!!
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^ easy way to get the engine out for a swap lol
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^^ Looks like someone thought they were driving a Raptor.
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Theres hitting something and then theres hitting something. lol
ive been in a low e46 330 that was bottoming out on uneven pavement and was hitting it decently hard(not accident hard) and the metal plate did its job.
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Theres hitting something and then theres hitting something. lol
ive been in a low e46 330 that was bottoming out on uneven pavement and was hitting it decently hard(not accident hard) and the metal plate did its job.
Link to metal plate?
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Ive already posted the details above...
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I think Cab's come with the xbrace. We've got one but the oil pan seems to be tucked way up there...

Worth a try to see if you find one somewhere at a wreckers.
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