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post #31 of 37 Old 12-11-2012, 08:48 AM
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That stuff looks like dynamat or fatmat, what if you just sprayed the top side with that expanding insulation foam stuff?


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That would be such a terrible idea... Since that stuff is not heat resistant and will smolder. Not sure if it will actually catch on fire.

That DEI material would be a great solution! ITs lightweight and can be easily applied. I would think about adding some metal stringers along the length of the skids to help with strength and rigidity.
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[QUOTE=SamsXE;518584]That would be such a terrible idea... Since that stuff is not heat resistant and will smolder. Not sure if it will actually catch on fire.

Ok, I had no idea what it was made of, just throwin out ideas that were in my head


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What about the expanding foam for fireplaces?
Or why not wrap the exhaust with the insulation mats for that particular run? The aluminimun wrap stuff.

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Any updates on the HDPE skid idea? Obviously heat and durability are issues, but has anybody else tried it? Seems like an ideal way to save money and cut down on weight.
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Its a great substitute for steel if you can't afford the price of the skids. I used 3/8" but i recommend 1/2" or better. I wheeled for years with HDPE with no damage to my t-case at all.

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Its a great substitute for steel if you can't afford the price of the skids. I used 3/8" but i recommend 1/2" or better. I wheeled for years with HDPE with no damage to my t-case at all.

Looks great.

Any drilling involved? Obviously I'd like to make use of the factory threads whenever possible. Did you have to fab any additional support braces?

I think my plan is to get a Shrockworks bumper with front skid (most important, in my opinion), and then use the HDPE on the T-case and transmission. The factory gas skid plate looks decent enough that I don't have to replace it.
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Looks great.

Any drilling involved? Obviously I'd like to make use of the factory threads whenever possible. Did you have to fab any additional support braces?

I think my plan is to get a Shrockworks bumper with front skid (most important, in my opinion), and then use the HDPE on the T-case and transmission. The factory gas skid plate looks decent enough that I don't have to replace it.
You will have to drill through the cross members for the t-case and trans.
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