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 Post subject: Plate alloy vs steel sump guard
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:09 pm 
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Hello.

Just wondering if anyone has any comments re a steel sump guard vs a plate alloy? I have read many times that the cast alloy ones from SubaXtreme are brittle and can break too easily, even if they are repairable.

So, I bought the Forester to go up the beach mainly but who knows I may end up going off-road and tackle more difficult trails. Will plate alloy be a good compromise for all conditions? Should I just go steel and be done with it?

If the plate alloy is significantly lighter then that would be a good thing but if the steel is only a bit heavier maybe I should just get that? I also presume the steel is more expensive but if it's only a little more expensive...

I may not put it on and off but at this stage I would like to be able to do so without too much problem re weight etc.

Either way I am visiting a steel fabricator tomorrow to discuss as he says he can fabricate something for me. I will ask him my various questions but would be interested in any comments from you all!

I guess my question is why or when would you choose one over the other? Plate alloy or steel?


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 Post subject: Re: Plate alloy vs steel sump guard
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:29 pm 
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SubaXtreme etc = ADR approved, will pass roadworthy (and no grounds for escape by slippery insurance co)

Old mate's custom steel number = keep the plastic one in the shed because inevitably you'll need it.

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 Post subject: Re: Plate alloy vs steel sump guard
PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:33 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Plate alloy vs steel sump guard
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:06 pm 
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I'd stick with an alloy sump guard. It's much lighter so easier to take on and off and if you get 6mm is fine for most offroading. I would avoid 4mm alloy, IMO it's not strong enough.

My sump guard was 2mm steel and that wasn't anywhere near strong enough. But then I was doing some tough rocky tracks lol

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 Post subject: Re: Plate alloy vs steel sump guard
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:58 pm 
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Unless you're planning on taking that SJ on some seriously rocky terrain, I'd go with the SubaXtreme.

I've got an alloy one, my car took a bloody big hit when we were rushing for the final barge on Fraser Island. Cracked the guard and left a big dent in it, I still can't pull out the stick from the crack without some proper tools. But if I didn't have it, missing the barge would've been the last of my worries that afternoon.

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 Post subject: Re: Plate alloy vs steel sump guard
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:01 pm 
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I am going to go with an alloy one. Hopefully I will get this sorted soon!


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