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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:11 pm 
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Dean, so why didn't you bolt the plate directly to the front cross-member?


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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:32 pm 
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I did it to keep the bolt heads from being exposed plus the front cross member isn't very thick. I suppose you could weld in a 1/8" or 3/16" plate to the bottom and then drill and tap the whole thing. Counter sunk bolts would recess nicely then. You would need to add 2" - 3" to the length of the plate too.

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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:35 am 
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LiftedAWDAstro wrote:
I did it to keep the bolt heads from being exposed
But it looks like you have bolt heads sticking out in your photo. Could one use rounded or flat head bolts?
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plus the front cross member isn't very thick.
This is true. What about going through the entire crossmember?


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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:54 pm 
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The bolts on the transfer case crossmember did in fact start out as hex head and they did get ripped out on the first wheeling trip out. I then counter sunk the holes and used flat head allen bolts to keep them flush. You could also do this in the front by making the skid plate a little longer and bending up the front lip slightly.

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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:55 pm 
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LiftedAWDAstro wrote:
On Lockdoc's aluminum skid plate we added some supports that will hit the frame the lower control arms mount to. This keeps it off the engine oil pan.
Did you have problems with it hitting the oil pan?


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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:04 pm 
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With the 96+ engines having the cast aluminum pans, I never bothered when it would hit the bottom of the engine. On lockdoc's 93, the oil pan is light steel so we supported it better. There were lots of gouges in the skid plate right where the oil pan is. If you make it out of steel you probably wouldn't need the extra support.

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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 5:14 am 
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Is there any place where you can get one of these skid plates, or it has to be all custom built? I have been thinking about getting one lately...

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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 10:18 am 
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I don't sell them any more simply due to shipping cost plus I didn't make very much $$ on them. You can easily take the dimensions from the first page to a local steel fab shop and they can cut you a piece of steel or aluminum and bend it. You then just need to drill some holes and mount a piece of angle up front. Read through this thread for info.

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1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 9:48 pm 
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LiftedAWDAstro wrote:
I don't sell them any more simply due to shipping cost plus I didn't make very much $$ on them. You can easily take the dimensions from the first page to a local steel fab shop and they can cut you a piece of steel or aluminum and bend it. You then just need to drill some holes and mount a piece of angle up front. Read through this thread for info.

Yeah, shipping 60# sheet of metal will not be cheap!

Thanks a lot, will try to make one for me at some point.

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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:06 pm 
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LiftedAWDAstro wrote:
I no longer build and sell these. The shipping cost is just too high. I posted the dimensions so anyone could take them to a local fab shop and have one cut and bent. You then drill the holes and mount the angle iron up front.


Hello everyone.

I know this is fairly old.
Does anyone have the plans or dimensions from this build still? I am curious.
Thanks to all.


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 Post subject: Re: DHC Off Road Skid Plates
PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:28 pm 
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