What we did:
- Found a DXF file of an existing skid plate for the L300 provided by a member called Tojo on Delica.ca. Thank you for sharing!
- We had Cypress Metals out of Salt Lake City cut and bent the plate. Just a note the pdf drawings had an extra bend that was not in the DXF file. It is for the bottom mounting tabs.
Why we did it:
We wanted better coverage of the important bits under the “hood.” We chose aluminum because it is not as heavy as steel. We realize that we may sacrifice some strength not going with steel, but since Delica’s are so underpowered we figured shaving off a few pounds may help a little.
Installation was fairly easy. We used the existing bolt holes on the bottom and the top. The top bolts needed acorn nuts or something similar to secure the top of the skid plate to the van.
Cypress Metals did a great job cutting and bending according to the files. We picked it up in Salt Lake City a few days after we sent the drawings.
Thoughts post installation:
We wish we could have seen this skid plate in person before getting it made because the top bends don’t line up with the van body very well. If you plan to use this design, it would be beneficial to change the angle of the bends so the top plate and bolts line up flush. With the existing design the bolts are tightened at an angle. We don’t like the look cosmetically and we’re worried the bolts won’t hold as well over the long term.
We may take the plate off later down the road and find a shop that can bend it a little more to fit the profile of the van better. Overall though, we’re thankful for Tojo sharing these files with the Delica community!
PDF Files from Delica.Ca