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Old October 2nd, 2010, 12:03   #16
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Yes, there are some lucky people who still have their plastic belly pan, but you have to ask yourself what it's worth to you not to be stranded late at night with a hole in your oil pan? $200 seems like a fair price to me.
I'd go with an aluminum plate over the steel if only for the reason of rust. Yes, the steel plates are galvanized, but one good scrape of that plate and the rust protection is gone for good. Yes steel is stronger, but you'd have to hit something pretty hard to cause a 1/4"-3/8" aluminum plate to deflect enough to damage your oil pan.
I went with the Evolution because the shipping was cheaper for where I live.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 12:07   #17
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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?

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No flames, but yes, you've been lucky. You never know when there will be something laying in the road that you can't avoid. I busted my pan on a busy 50mph boulivard once. There was traffic on either side of me and to the rear. Ahead of me were a couple of pickup trucks and a Suburban. All cleared the object below, but by the time I saw it after the Suburban passed over it, it was too late and got me. I guess I could have swerved or slammed on the brakes, but that would have caused a big wreck.

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 14:08   #18
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I am not even going to get into the flaming as after seeing and adding to other arguments it seems pointless. To the actual OP of this thread I have the dieselgeek plate. I like the full metal jacket option. If you don't need the side skirts then the plates are close enough to the same where you will just have to flip a coin and choose. OEM has one for like $400 and it is steel (think-rust). and is just like the aluminum ones. I too am raised but still wouldn't go ANY where without the metal plate. I am one of the few without an actual truck around here (don't count my vw truck) so I can't afford to be stranded where they really don't plow the roads. I see the scares on my metal plate and that is after being raised and am thankful. The plate is cheaper then a truck and insurance for another vehicle.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 15:07   #19
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I just ordered evo skid plate... really liked their oil drain plug opening....not like the dieselgeeks one, didn't really liked theirs...So $301 with shipping.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 15:59   #20
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I run the OEM belly pan on both TDIs and NEVER had an single issue with the oil pan. I do not think the skid plate is necessary if the suspension is properly maintained. Problem is that people have crapped out struts and squished mounts which causes the car to bottom out. Then they make it worse by strapping a big heavy hunk of metal to the front of the car.


Glad to see I am not the only one who thinks like that.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 16:43   #21
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I just ordered evo skid plate... really liked their oil drain plug opening....not like the dieselgeeks one, didn't really liked theirs...So $301 with shipping.

Well done. I'm sure you will be pleased. Make 100% sure the rivnuts are put in tightly the first time (ask how I know!).
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 16:56   #22
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Congratulations on getting the coyote. Sorry about your skid plate. We've got a lot of coyotes out here. If I could run one (or ten) over, I would. I've got an aluminum skid plate, so I'm not worried about the oil pan.

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Old October 2nd, 2010, 20:43   #23
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Well done. I'm sure you will be pleased. Make 100% sure the rivnuts are put in tightly the first time (ask how I know!).
I'll do that. I thought I've seen a thread here about installation problem with those rivets....need to find it.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 22:54   #24
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You are telling me that HUGE piece of metal is causing your suspension to bottom out. It is like 15 pounds. Loose some weight yourself if that little bit is that big of deal. I have a raise suspension and still scrap things. Our pans stick out more then other cars. Also it is cheaper for the plate then it is to replace shocks, struts, springs, bushings. Again, seems like there is always no believers. I couldn't take it when the mention of its weight was an issue again. Maybe with the OEM steel one but not the two aluminum ones.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 12:14   #25
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Anybody got a link to the OEM steel version?

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Old October 3rd, 2010, 15:21   #26
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Heres the heavy duty OE plate at ECS. Might be able to get a better price at 1stvwparts or even impex as I didn't check...
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 15:32   #27
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I'd go with an aluminum plate over the steel if only for the reason of rust. Yes, the steel plates are galvanized, but one good scrape of that plate and the rust protection is gone for good.
Just a note that the statement above is incorrect. My original plate has survived 3 salty winters with only minimal surface rust where the zinc has been scraped off. I can show pictures if anybody is interested.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 18:49   #28
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was broken in an unfortunate incident with a coyote.
I was not sure if I hit the Coyote or the Minute Man chasing him when my pan got hit crossing the Mexican boarder.

Whatever the case. Now with the plate I just go over the top with no damage to my car.
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