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blove October 1st, 2010 14:10

Plastic undercarriage cover?? Replace?
 
The plastic undercarriage cover of my 2003 golf tdi was broken in an unfortunate incident with a coyote. Any idea where can I buy a replacement for a reasonable price?

daedalus October 1st, 2010 14:26

The consensus is the plastic should be replaced with a 'real' plate. Do a search for Dieselgeek and Evolution Imports here on TDICLUB. You cannot go wrong with either one and they will really protect your car, unlike the plastic doohickey.

chandler583 October 1st, 2010 15:43

^ditto^

I learned my lesson with an unfortunate incident with a washed out road. I'm going to look into making my own out of some thinner steel plate. First things first, going to replace the oil pan today.

TheTDIWagonGuy October 1st, 2010 16:34

Don't replace it with plastic! I have an invoice from a customer that paid over $800 when he cracked his oil pan. Funny thing was that he didn't recall hitting anything!

blove October 1st, 2010 18:17

Thanks guys! This definitely looks like a better option. Thanks for the quick responses!

a32e5s7 October 1st, 2010 18:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by daedalus (Post 3132445)
The consensus is the plastic should be replaced with a 'real' plate. Do a search for Dieselgeek and Evolution Imports here on TDICLUB. You cannot go wrong with either one and they will really protect your car, unlike the plastic doohickey.


Which plate do you think is better, the evo or dieselgeek's plate?

daedalus October 1st, 2010 18:56

Quote:

Originally Posted by a32e5s7 (Post 3132710)
Which plate do you think is better, the evo or dieselgeek's plate?

Oh Boy, that's akin to asking a New Yorker if you think the Giants or Jets are better! You will get a lot of opinions, I'm sure, but doubt there is a 'right' answer. My car has the Evo, but only because it was available for the model before DG produced theirs.

Sorry I can't be more help.

a32e5s7 October 1st, 2010 19:24

Well, I do understand that everybody has an opinion on this...just want to hear them...I still don't have a skidplate, so I just want to hear about them here, and buy one soon.

Are there any other skidplates that work?

MRIBOB October 1st, 2010 23:31

Research all the skidplate sites.
There are several types of front brackets that hold the skid plate.
One vender has one that used 2 bolts. Another has 1 bolt.

That seems to be the diffrence from the sites.
I know of no complaints from either one.

The real problem is not having the plate.

Read up carefully and you will see the need for a skid plate.

If you read the rules for the venders, they are not supposed to get involved in this type post.

Bottom line, There are a few people selling them and they all seem to work fine.
Its a risk to the oil pan and engine w/o a skid plate

I did not buy the metal side covers although in Mexico it may have been better protection. I feel the metal plate hit things all the time. So mine has done the job .

jamest October 1st, 2010 23:52

Can't go wrong with either DG or Evo, both my cars have evo skid plates.

MayorDJQ October 1st, 2010 23:54

I've managed to drive ~200,000 TDI miles with a plastic belly pan with no issues.

Just don't run over big chunks of stuff.

Dimitri16V October 2nd, 2010 09:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by MayorDJQ (Post 3132959)
I've managed to drive ~200,000 TDI miles with a plastic belly pan with no issues.

Just don't run over big chunks of stuff.

me too but it only takes on hit to do the damage

a32e5s7 October 2nd, 2010 09:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by MRIBOB (Post 3132954)
The real problem is not having the plate.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dimitri16V (Post 3132954)
it only takes on hit to do the damage

Thats true...I do feel the need for the plate..Sometimes I drive in the areas where there is a potential of something hitting my oil pan...don't want that to happen, so I drive so slow and careful, puts a bit of stress on me...So I definitely want to buy one and get rid of those stressful situations.

I'll research all the dif. sites...if you say that they all do the job, i will probably end up buying the best bang for the buck...unless you have some other reasons to advice me to go otherwise.

Nutsnbolts October 2nd, 2010 10:08

I have to play devil's advocate on this one...

I still have my original plastic belly pan and oil pan in place, even with frost heaves, dirt roads, lots of night driving, and NE winters.
Have I just been lucky for 437,000 miles?

Let the flames begin!

(PS- I'm knocking on the wood table.)

-Rich

JB05 October 2nd, 2010 11:02

I too have my OEM plastic plate that I had to patch up using Aluminum sheet metal and a whole lot of 1/4 in. sheet metal screws. This will only keep the engine clean and hopefully prevent my turbo actuator from rusting out. FWIW, my Golf has been lifted about and inch and a half.


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