Upon opening up the package I was quite impressed
with the overall look of the plate, including it's construction (with nice
neat welds!) I was initially surprised however to see the mounting
system resembling conduit saddles, how very far from the truth that turned
out to be though.
* Note: prices current at time of review, subject to change without notice.
|OK HOW TOUGH IS IT &
WILL IT STAY PUT?
The plate itself is constructed from 5/32" (.160") #5052 Aluminium, and the brackets from 1/8" aircraft grade 4130 Chrome-moly steel which is then heat treated. The brackets also incorporate "Stover" type lock nuts welded into place.
At this time I'll quote the company philosophy, "Our design philosophy, keep it simple, rugged and securely mounted." With the impressive materials list and the qaulity of the workmanship in conjunction with 30 years in business I certainly feel they have achieved what they set out to do. However they seem to have managed to make, "rugged" look good.
WELL, THATS NICE BUT HOW HARD IS IT TO FIT?
I'm sure this is the question on the top of everyone's tongues. Most of us have had something to do with one of those Skid or Bash plates that is harder than a rubix cube to install. I found this unit straight forward to bolt up. Basically I removed the clamps and sat the plate approximately where it would fit to determine the clamp location. Then I just sat the clamps on the frame roughly where they needed to go, lifted the plate up, used an allen key to align each individual clamp to the plate and put each bolt in a few turns. Then simply aligned the plate and tightened it all up. The end result looks great and is solid as a rock.
HOW DOES IT WORK IN PRACTICE?
|WHAT'S IT GOT GOING
THE BOTTOM LINE, IS IT VALUE FOR MONEY?
No doubt about it in my mind, even with the currency
conversion to Australian dollars, it stands up well against similarly priced
units here. The plate offers protection for the ever vulnerable oil
lines along with the engine casings, bolts up easily, and looks good.
It all adds up.
John K, justxr.com - webmaster.
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