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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 04-18-2016, 08:52 AM   #1
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Real Skid Plate

Anyone know of an aftermarket metal skid plate to replace the OEM splash panel? Mine is thrashed and I'd like something beefy-er for occasional RallyX events. Many thanks.
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Old 04-18-2016, 01:46 PM   #2
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I've looked and haven't found anything. Might be better off making one out of old road signs
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Old 05-01-2016, 01:58 PM   #3
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Hey Cautious, any tips on bending them? I hear they can be tough.
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Old 05-01-2016, 02:37 PM   #4
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No way road signs are stronger than the aluminum down there currently.
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CarbonZHP, OEM splash panel is some type of plastic.
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Old 05-01-2016, 03:09 PM   #6
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Oh youre talking about the front area. I thought I recalled seeing a metal one for sale a year or so ago.
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Exactly after much searching I realized I would have to fab something myself.
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Old 05-01-2016, 04:13 PM   #8
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I have a catalog with a heavy duty skid plate, however, it is for an e36 or maybe an e30. But, it might be easier to fab something from that rather than a road sign.

I should be able to find it.
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:23 PM   #9
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No way road signs are stronger than the aluminum down there currently.
There is no aluminum skid plate on an xi anywhere.

The xi subframe sits very low and does a good job protecting everything from anything in the road currently

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Old 05-02-2016, 12:29 PM   #10
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Ya for road signs I would recommend vice grips and blunt mallets or other objects. It also depends on the size and shape of the road sign you acquire if you do decide to go this route. It's not the best choice I'd say cause you're subjected to the size and shape of whatever sign you snag, but just be careful with taking one cause you don't wanna get caught stealing one. I don't think it's the most "legal" choice out there
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Old 05-02-2016, 12:35 PM   #11
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I was just going to buy one, they are on Ebay for $20.
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If you do end up getting it off eBay, please update this thread on how durable and reliable a $20 skid plate is
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Will do!
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Old 05-02-2016, 02:41 PM   #14
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The first 2 look different from the plastic ones on my XI...I wonder if these are metal?
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https://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-33...or/Skid_Plate/

The first 2 look different from the plastic ones on my XI...I wonder if these are metal?
Yeesh, I still don't have a solution as the obvious mounting points are all plastic. I might actually pony up $900 or so to finally get a solve.
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Damn, $800-$900 seems like allot for skid plate to me... I should get a sheet of aluminum and try to fab one up lol I'll have to look into it more but hopefully it doesn't need any welding, i don't have a tig welder....
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