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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    If it's in 1/8 of an inch even 99% pure Al will take a few knocks. It's really down to cost vs how hard you are going to punish the underside.

    You could also go mild steel just much thinner than 1/8.

    Anyone else have any thoughts?
    I've thought about going 14ga for steel.

    Quote Originally Posted by K-fab View Post
    .125” aluminum (5000 series, not 6061) will be sufficient but it tends to stick on rocks and will deform around tubes if hit right.

    Look at 3/8” (8mm) UHMW plastic sheet. It’s extremely tough, slippy as shit and does a killer job. It’ll deform and then return.
    I’m using nut inserts in my frame with button head cap screws screwed in flush (the UHMW will deform a tad w/o issues).

    Search UHMW and/or skid plate in the Mini-Raptor thread for pix.
    I had seen that pop up when I happened across a similar question being asked on Pirate4x4. I'm unfamiliar with that material, but I'll definitely give it a good look over.

    It's not that I'll be rough with the undercarriage, but I'd like to be prepared in case I decide to do something really stupid or Murphy tears his head and SHTF while riding. Rather be a bit over prepared than under.
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    I want to say that the 3/8" UHMW is priced similar to 1/8" aluminum (don't hold me to that.) I got lucky and came across a couple of remnants that the company here in Phoenix had on the shelf so I got them pretty cheap.

    It's worth a little digging to see what the stuff does cost.

    It's odd - when you slide over stuff, you can feel the floorboard flex under your feet and then return to normal.
    It's so slippy that I think you actually accelerate when it takes the weight of the chassis off of the wheels.
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    Long as it holds up to abuse I'll definitely give it a try for sure. I'm guessing just cut it to size with a circular saw?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JagerDanger View Post
    Long as it holds up to abuse I'll definitely give it a try for sure. I'm guessing just cut it to size with a circular saw?
    Yes, circular saw, jig saw. Heck, the thinner stuff can be scored with a sharp knife on both sides and then “flex broken”. It’s cool stuff to work with.
    I have two pieces for my skid plate and took a router to each of the edges on the seam so the front of rear piece is the upper overlap to the front’s lower lip.
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    My dad and brother came down for Thanksgiving, bringing the snowmobile with them. Want to see if I can get it running first before I continue to order buggy parts. Should have some free time over the next few weeks.
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    Let's hope you fire it up without to much hassle. Keep us posted how you go.
    All dressed up and waiting for the beer to arrive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    Let's hope you fire it up without to much hassle. Keep us posted how you go.
    I do my best at doing updates if anything note worthy happens or I have stupid questions to ask.
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    No such thing as a stupid question around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyg View Post
    No such thing as a stupid question around here.
    Well if that's the case lol, how many amps does a Prius power steering draw? I may look into getting one for this project if the manual steering gets a bit too stiff, or even get one for the VW sand rail project.
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