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Old October 1st, 2010, 14:10   #1
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Default 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?
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Old October 1st, 2010, 14:26   #2
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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.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 15:43   #3
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^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.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 16:34   #4
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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!
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Old October 1st, 2010, 18:17   #5
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Thanks guys! This definitely looks like a better option. Thanks for the quick responses!
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Old October 1st, 2010, 18:41   #6
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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?
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Old October 1st, 2010, 18:56   #7
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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.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 19:24   #8
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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?
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Old October 1st, 2010, 23:31   #9
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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 .
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Old October 1st, 2010, 23:52   #10
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Can't go wrong with either DG or Evo, both my cars have evo skid plates.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 23:54   #11
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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.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 09:03   #12
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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
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 09:18   #13
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The real problem is not having the plate.
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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.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 10:08   #14
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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!

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 11:02   #15
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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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