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    Anyone have a rec for a year round skid plate that will see snow a few months out of the year? My stock one is junk and not sure to go with a summer or winter plate. Live in Los Angeles but drive up to mountains all winter.

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    I have ADFCustoms that they powder coated to color match the car

    but as far as skid plates, there are as many recommendations as there are brands

    Quote Originally Posted by SWEEPTHELEG View Post
    Anyone have a rec for a year round skid plate that will see snow a few months out of the year? My stock one is junk and not sure to go with a summer or winter plate. Live in Los Angeles but drive up to mountains all winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEEPTHELEG View Post
    Anyone have a rec for a year round skid plate that will see snow a few months out of the year? My stock one is junk and not sure to go with a summer or winter plate. Live in Los Angeles but drive up to mountains all winter.
    I was in the same conundrum a year or so ago. I'm also in CA and wanted something I can keep on year round that can handle 100+ heat during the summers but at the same time have enough protection for the winter when I go up to Tahoe. I was also toying with the idea of doing rallycross again.

    I briefly considered the skidplateguy plate but was surprised by the pricing. I ended up purchasing the Dorian plate (DMG Fab/Raptor racing) since it was much cheaper, had all the ducting for the summer and the service hole for oil changes. Installed it and drove around with it for a few weeks, then took it off. The additional weight kinda turned me off, so I ended up selling it to somebody else on here.

    I went with the DIY coated OEM tray since it was cheap, still had the stock cooling ducts, barely heavier and gave me enough protection for what I needed it.

    https://www.focusrs.org/forum/9-focu...rtray-b-2.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFatFlip View Post
    I was in the same conundrum a year or so ago. I'm also in CA and wanted something I can keep on year round that can handle 100+ heat during the summers but at the same time have enough protection for the winter when I go up to Tahoe. I was also toying with the idea of doing rallycross again.

    I briefly considered the skidplateguy plate but was surprised by the pricing. I ended up purchasing the Dorian plate (DMG Fab/Raptor racing) since it was much cheaper, had all the ducting for the summer and the service hole for oil changes. Installed it and drove around with it for a few weeks, then took it off. The additional weight kinda turned me off, so I ended up selling it to somebody else on here.

    I went with the DIY coated OEM tray since it was cheap, still had the stock cooling ducts, barely heavier and gave me enough protection for what I needed it.

    https://www.focusrs.org/forum/9-focu...rtray-b-2.html
    My current oem tray is at the point where its providing no cooling... My temps are are higher with normal driving. I was looking at the Dorian plates because he has all the different configurations and wasnt sure which one to go with.

    You can really feel the extra weight? I was thinking about the winter version with the extra holes, but not sure on the trade offs vs the summer version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonzerosum View Post
    Barroux:

    Did you use the same mounting hardware (bolts and washers) for this summer plate?
    Have not mounted it yet, will do at my next oil change I barely use the car these days (use the motorcycle) and the temps dont rise much during normal driving anyways.

    But the ducted plate will be mounted using the same hardware it’s the same design with added ducting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEEPTHELEG View Post
    Anyone have a rec for a year round skid plate that will see snow a few months out of the year? My stock one is junk and not sure to go with a summer or winter plate. Live in Los Angeles but drive up to mountains all winter.
    DMGfab is cheap and does a good job at protecting the underside, for your application their summer version would be perfect. Get it from raptorracing.ca they ship them to the US for cheap I believe.

    If I cares about the plate’s looks though the ADF one looks very good!

    It depends on what you want and are ready to pay for I guess!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEEPTHELEG View Post
    My current oem tray is at the point where its providing no cooling... My temps are are higher with normal driving. I was looking at the Dorian plates because he has all the different configurations and wasnt sure which one to go with.

    You can really feel the extra weight? I was thinking about the winter version with the extra holes, but not sure on the trade offs vs the summer version.
    No, you don't really feel the extra, it was more me not wanting to struggle with it whenever I serviced the car. The access hole on the Dorian plate is handy, but I found it to be too tiny to really do anything unless you have the right tools.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barroux View Post
    DMGfab is cheap and does a good job at protecting the underside, for your application their summer version would be perfect. Get it from raptorracing.ca they ship them to the US for cheap I believe.

    If I cares about the plate’s looks though the ADF one looks very good!

    It depends on what you want and are ready to pay for I guess!
    I would actually go with the Dorian skidplate if you were concerned about cooling. Don't really like the ducts on the ADF plate since they aren't real NACA ducts like the OEM or Dorian plate does. If you look closely, the ADF plate doesn't really have the angled ramp or narrow to wide leading edge to accelerate the air flow, more just like a triangular shaped dip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWEEPTHELEG View Post
    My current oem tray is at the point where its providing no cooling... My temps are are higher with normal driving. I was looking at the Dorian plates because he has all the different configurations and wasnt sure which one to go with.

    You can really feel the extra weight? I was thinking about the winter version with the extra holes, but not sure on the trade offs vs the summer version.
    No, you don't really feel the extra, it was more me not wanting to struggle with it whenever I serviced the car. The access hole on the Dorian plate is handy, but I found it to be too tiny to really do anything unless you have the right tools.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barroux View Post
    DMGfab is cheap and does a good job at protecting the underside, for your application their summer version would be perfect. Get it from raptorracing.ca they ship them to the US for cheap I believe.

    If I cares about the plate’s looks though the ADF one looks very good!

    It depends on what you want and are ready to pay for I guess!
    I would actually go with the Dorian skidplate if you were concerned about cooling. Don't really like the ducts on the ADF plate since they aren't real NACA ducts like the OEM or Dorian plate does. If you look closely, the ADF plate doesn't really have the angled ramp or narrow to wide leading edge to accelerate the air flow, more just like a triangular shaped dip.

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