Underbody Soft Armor

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Underbody Soft Armor

Postby The Other Rob » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:39 pm

Hey.. Has anyone ever thought of using teflon plates for skids under their trucks..??

I saw a couple of rock buggies at a shop down the street from work this afternoon and stopped to talk to 'em for a few minutes. Noticed that the underside of each one was made from teflon plates rather than steel..
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby tomp » Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:56 pm

Yep, I considered that already so you need to be a little quicker at the draw buddy 8)

They make them in long strips for the bottom of boats and for the running boards for the trailers.

I thought of using them to glide over rock with less friction. Like on the frame rails and UCP

http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templ ... hasJS=true

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/store ... 00_200-4-6

I have seen them in Teflon as well
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Alec W » Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:00 pm

I’d imagine a big sharp rock would go right through them. Maybe I’m wrong though.
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Alec W » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:36 pm

Jeff wrote:http://www.fourwheeler.com/projectbuild/129_0503_lexus_gx470_front_differential_upgrade_problem/index.html

Um… ok… You put a bread board for protection under the yota first then I'll try it on my Jeep ;)

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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Jeff » Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:49 pm

no thanks...ill stick with my beefy 3/16 full underbelly skids :D

but if anyone wants to try heres some more links for ya
http://www.thecuttingboardfactory.com/
http://www.tacomaterritory.com/forum/sh ... php?t=5750
http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/produc ... e%5Ftest=1
http://www.tapplastics.com/

and heres some pics of one someone did make for a tacoma
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Jeff_H3 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:49 am

I have looked into those before. From what I read, they do a good job, if you understand their limits. They are not going to take a direct impact from a sharp rock like a steel plate would, but they do a good job of smoothing out the undercarrage and sliding/deflecting rocks. It may help from getting hung up. They are lighter and less expensive than steel. And the shade tree mechanic can shape them with wood tools. Not everyone has a CNC machine, a metal brake and welder.
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby The Other Rob » Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:38 am

Pewterbird wrote:I have looked into those before. From what I read, they do a good job, if you understand their limits. They are not going to take a direct impact from a sharp rock like a steel plate would,


I think these guys prolly understand the limits of 'em pretty well they weren't your normal rock crawler guys.. These guys do rock racing.. You know the crazy ones that line up side by side and drag race across something that would take a crawler 30 minutes to do.. They do it in a few minutes.. Why climb it, if you can junp over it from the rock in front of it..??
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby PhilD » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:00 am

I've never seen anyone just use teflon for underbody protection, but I've seen plenty of people use plastic over their skid plates.
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Alec W » Fri Apr 04, 2008 12:13 pm

PhilD wrote:I've never seen anyone just use teflon for underbody protection, but I've seen plenty of people use plastic over their skid plates.

I'm still not putting a breadboard under my truck for protection ;) But… it would be cheap and my Super card at Kroger’s would give me a discount.
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Seth » Fri Apr 04, 2008 2:44 pm

Yeah, I can see it being used for a front skid plate, but not a UCP. Shoot, that bread board would probably hold up better than that thin skid plate we H3's have on ours. :lol:
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby tomp » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:37 pm

Alec W wrote:I'm still not putting a breadboard under my truck for protection ;) But… it would be cheap and my Super card at Kroger’s would give me a discount.


Ahh, come on Alec. It slices, it dices and it can be used to prepare a really good salad way out in the middle of no-where...
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby stjames151 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:46 pm

Do you just heat it to bend?
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby Jeff_H3 » Fri Apr 04, 2008 5:44 pm

stjames151 wrote:Do you just heat it to bend?


Yes. But carefully. To hot and you will boil the surface.
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Re: Underbody Soft Armor

Postby The Other Rob » Fri Apr 04, 2008 7:16 pm

PhilD wrote:I've never seen anyone just use teflon for underbody protection, but I've seen plenty of people use plastic over their skid plates.

Pretty sure it was bolted over to make things slipperier going over rocks..

What I was thinking of wasn't actually replaceing under body protection, but enhancing it.. Teflon itself seems to be a bit on the high dollar side, but things like a .025 sheet of nylon are dang near affordable..
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