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Old 04-11-2012, 03:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New TSX skid plate - worked!

So I have the WS2 exhaust for my 06 TSX. And as most know, it hangs low. I've lowered my ride, and unfortunately where I live, there is an affinity for massive speed bumps and steep driveways. So I figured I'd use my resources for a piece of mind.
This weekend, I was able to help fabricate, install, and accidentally test a skid plate for my exhaust. I'm not even that low, but I drag my cat just getting into my lot while making the max diagonal entry I can.

I travelled 600km to Calgary for easter and car work, including grinding out my control arms to install Ingalls (what a #%$! - angle grinder + die grinder FTW) and rolling fenders.
The highways were very bad in the way of crazy potholes and other damage from winter weather, snow plows, and avalanches. Was able to get my wife fly off her seat several times on surprise dips-->jumps. (teach her to sleep on a 7 hour trip and not keep me company)
Finally in Calgary I got some 1.25" wide lengths of steel and had my cousin weld on the 1/4" plate armor.

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Painted it with some black VHT flameproof.
The way back was worse... It was nighttime and visibility was poor. Traveling back on a divided two lane highway I encountered a lane wide section of destroyed highway. The section was longer than y car and was essentially chewed up pieces of road boulders. I was able to slow down to about 70 before I had to get off the brake and tough it out. There was so high pitch screaming, which I think was my wife, and then my car slammed into the mess. With a compressed spine I tumbled out of the car and checked for how much was mangled. Everything was still attached.
The next morning, today, I went for a good look. And now I see...


You can see the dent in the 1/4" plate with all the scrapes. Also was leaking water at the flange. If it wasn't for the skid plate, I probably would have caught the flange and left my exhaust behind.
So anyway, here's a custom skid plate, that did its job. Although my design was for minor slow scrapes!


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Old 04-11-2012, 03:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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And yes the welds look like chicken $ bc I didn't want him to use the cleaning wheel on the titanium powder coat. ☺ He doesn't normally leave wire welds like that!


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Nice, I have driven the road from Regina to Vancouver.

And I ultimately hate it from Golden to Kamploops, when are they expanding that to double lanes!
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The problem with expanding the highways is that they literally have to blast massive section of the mountains away. They've only done so enough for a single lane in both directions so far. Right now the worst sections are near the tunnels through the mountains going to west revelstoke, and of course in the avalanche areas.
My exhaust sits crooked now -_- Not sure how to fix that...


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You're a superhero for coming out of all that in one piece. Great idea, great fab work, great job.
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Good job on thinking ahead and adding the armor. Sounds like you will need to taker her on a visit to the muffler shop to fix the damage.
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Omg I totally needed this before. I went over a speed bump that wasn't curved and clipped the flange and nearly broke my exhaust. Just a poor design in my opinion. I had to get my exhaust fixed with a little re-welding and everything was great again. The Apexi WS2 is a great exhaust but the low design is annoying.
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