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Old 07-06-2007, 02:31 PM   #1
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I can has new Downpipe + Skidplate

Well on my way to my buddy Scotty's house, I was in the passing lane on the highway, with a car to my right, and oncoming traffic in the opposite lane, with something in the middle of the road in front of me. I couldn't swerve to avoid it, so I prayed that I would drive right over it. Turns out it was a chunk of a log, and it shattered into 2 when I drove over it. It hit something, I couldn't tell what.


My car sounded a little different, but felt about the same. When I got to scotty's house, this is what I found









Are there any skidplate options for the NG900? Other than the 6pt subframe brace? I'm sure the subframe brace would have saved my downpipe.

There aren't any holes that I can see, I'm sure i took a serious performance hit though
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:36 PM   #2
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o damn.. well at least it was something you were going to upgrade eventually.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:37 PM   #3
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I think Code just bought one from Saab Savior.
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....at least it wasn't your oil pan!
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:39 PM   #5
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just save for the 6 point...as a subframe brace and skidplate its worth the money...
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:40 PM   #6
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o damn.. well at least it was something you were going to upgrade eventually.
That already IS my upgraded 3" downpipe.


I now need a new 3" downpipe, unless JK can miraculously cut/weld that one elbow back in for me. I figure $75 for a new elbow re-welded is a lot better than $250+ for a new downpipe.
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:44 PM   #7
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if you get it fixed, i would be interested in it ( if you decide to get new one )
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Old 07-06-2007, 02:58 PM   #8
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Yeah just put in a new section...not the end of the world. Skidplate is a must, aren't you planning on rallying that thing anyway? Get a huge one made up...
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talk to jessop maybe he can make you a skid plate???
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:13 PM   #10
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that dent should be fixable, weld some of those rods they use to pull dents out of cars, attach a slide hammer, should be able to get it back somewhat normal. or like you said, cut the section out, weld a new one in. definitely need a skidplate, those ng900s are scary vulnerable to that kinda stuff.

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Old 07-06-2007, 03:14 PM   #11
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Man that sucks. x2 on it not hitting your oil pan.



I'd be interested in a skid plate as well. Preferrably not as expensive as the Saab Savior one.
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I'm sure the subframe brace would have saved my downpipe.
It probably would have just gotten torn off...
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It probably would have just gotten torn off...
No, the subframe brace is strong enough, it would have split the log. It was just a chunk of log lying loose on the pavement in the road.
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back a years ago, the 2 pt subframe brace was kinda controversial especially on lowered cars because it would get caught on raod debris and tear off, sometimes taking the oil pan or part of it with it. before you say you are so sure it is a great idea, how many people do you know who run a 2 point subframe brace, it's not a super popular mod like a rear ARB....
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No, the subframe brace is strong enough, it would have split the log. It was just a chunk of log lying loose on the pavement in the road.
Did you hold the 6 pt brace when we were down at Meyer Garage? They aren't that beefy, probably might have helped save the DP though.

A new bend could probably be welded in there without too much trouble. The only troublt would be ordering it and finding a day that I could do it for you.

I'd do it for you for $50 (you supply the bend). Or you could do as delorean suggested and find some studs to weld onto the outside of it and try pulling the dent out.
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Just scuff it up, and put on some bondo, use a little extra, then sand it down smooth. The downpipe will be good as new!
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6 pt. will not help you there. I hit ice with my 6 pt. on and I have a dent in the exact same place in my stainless steel DP. The front end of the brace is open, like spread legs and your DP where it bends to go straight back represents the testicles. So, OUCH.
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6 pt. will not help you there. I hit ice with my 6 pt. on and I have a dent in the exact same place in my stainless steel DP. The front end of the brace is open, like spread legs and your DP where it bends to go straight back represents the testicles. So, OUCH.
Great way of explaining it!
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Just scuff it up, and put on some bondo, use a little extra, then sand it down smooth. The downpipe will be good as new!
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What about welding on additional skid plating to the 6pt brace?
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