I believe that the VW plate is actually thinner than the panzer plate. However the VW plate is steel and the panzer plate is aluminum, so they are both quite strong enough. I chose the Panzer because it is cheaper and it is easier to get. The VW one can be hard to find. VW dealers usually don't sell it. You have to buy it from someone who imports it from Germany. The panzer plate is made in the USA and shipping is quick and after the sale support is excellent. I am sure that you will find people who are quite happy with both, but the VW steel plate is heavier (in weight) so it is a little harder to remove and install.Of course the genuine VW steel skid plate is more money, but is it much thicker then the aluminium panzer skid plate from diesel geek?
Anyone have any feedback on either skid plate setup?
I missed the fact that you are in Canada. In Canada you have 2 choices. The Evolution is Aluminum (very similar to the panzer) and the Defender skid plate is also Canadian and it is steel.i prefer the panzer (or since you're in canada, i'd probably go for the evolution one). the oem steel one is more of a hassle to remove/put on, and more expensive. it is pretty hefty.
An aluminum plate has to be thicker than a steel one because steel is harder than aluminum. It takes more aluminum to offer the same protection as a piece of steel. This is why they use steel and not aluminum to make armored vehicles. However, both (or either) will give you excellent protection from most road hazzards.I searched the evolution and its almost 2mm thicker then the oem steel skid plate, which is great.