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Re: NP435 fitament issues (skidplate)
Thanks for the compliments.
The skid plate probably doesnt have $50 in materials in it.
If you can borrow a plasma cutter from a friend, then it is a pretty simple one day project. If you are good at cutting with a torch it would be very easy also. Its just a piece of 2"x2"x 1/4" angle iron at the cross member and side rails, then skinned with 1/4" plate. I have built them with 3/16" plate on more recent projects for friends, and it is plenty strong, and significantly lighter. The reason I can get the skid so flat is that I positioned my engine a bit farther forward (about 2"), and lower (about 2") than where AA or MORE mounts position the 5.0. This allows me to run the engine and drive train very flat, all the way to the rear. When I originaly swapped my 5.0 it was in the standard location, and my skid had to be 2" lower than now to handle the drive train as it angled down towards the rear.
By lowering and moving the engine forward, I acheived a very noticeable lower center of gravity, and better front to rear weight bias, and I also got to raise my belly clearance by 2".
It was the best improvement to my competition performance of any mod I have ever done to the rig.