I just had a skid plate made for my lowered SDL (AFTER I cracked the oil pan
). The guy who did it (a friend of my mechanic), used 1/4 inch steel resulting in something that I could probably jack the car up with! A little overkill for sure, but I don't want to deal with any more oil pan issues. For mine, they did a custom install where they TIG welded some tabs onto my unibody as bolt-on points. I know that I have seen some folks inquiring about a belly pan for these (especially the diesels), as the pans are very vulnerable -- more so when lowered.
I mentioned to the welder that there may be interest in more if he could make it a simple bolt-on installation. So my question is does anybody want one of these, and if so, any requests, etc. He may be able to do aluminum as well, but I haven't breached that subject with him. He does a lot of custom fabrication in steel and aluminum and seems to be very good at his craft. I'm pretty sure that, depending on which direction we go, I could get these done for a pretty reasonable price (relatively speaking). I found someone that had a factory pan and was asking $350 for it (plus shipping). I think we can get these done for a good bit less than that. Shipping won't be really cheap since they are kind of heavy, but still I think it would be less than that delivered to your door.
If there is interest, I will get with him and have him work up another based on the suggestions that I get from you guys here. Mine is just a rectangular piece of 1/4 inch steel bent at the proper location and drilled with holes to match the tabs that they put on to bolt it on.
I'm not looking to make a killing on these things, just trying to help fellow brothers (and sisters?) out so we can try to avoid any unfortunate pan issues! I will take a little for my time, but not much over what he charges me.
Once it stops raining here, I'll post some pics of mine so that you can see just how stout it is.
The floor is open for input, suggestions, insults, what have you!