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My oil pan has a huge dimple in it that could have easily been a sweet little oil drain hole. I don’t think a skid plate is a bad idea. And my van is a couple inches higher than normal.
 

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Please update us with what you hear.

I have a related but possibly naive question: if a complete skid plate is too expensive, is it a wise idea to "simply" armor the crucial bits; the bits that could leave you stranded (the 2 oil pans)?

I put "simply" in quotes because many times my "ideas" turn out to be unfeasible...

I haven't spent much time under my van yet to say with authority, but i think finding mount points for a few individual pieces will be even harder than an entire pan.

I called the manufacturer today, the guy that is in charge of the engine guard is out till Monday, he will call me then, will keep posted here.
 

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Oh cool, got an email:

"Hi Daniel,
Yes we are still making the E-Guard for ProMaster.
The price is $590, and shipping is a flat $90.
I am travelling this week, but would be able to ship next week.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.
Thank you,
-Gordon White"


Was hoping for a price closer to $400, but its never cheap to make. I'm going to clarify installation: bolts into existing points, etc.

*my one hang up is the large holes they cut in for airflow, good thing in their intent, and i definitely like the large access for the oil plug. But the rest of the holes i wish were a tighter grid pattern, keep the smaller rocks out. gonna see if they can address that. If not i know i personally can weld in a mesh screen, but nicer not to drop $680 and then modify right off the bat.
 

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Update on the engine guard,
Gordon called me and we had a great conversation. A couple points he wanted to clarify is that what he sells is -not a 'skid plate'- it's intended to deflect sticks and rocks and the like getting kicked up in to the engine. Not to put the full weight of the van into a boulder, or scrape across high points in a 4x4 road, as 'skid plate' would perhaps imply. Although, in my -personal- opinion, having this installed would be far better for you if you did scrape over a boulder, even though it's not heavily designed for that.

The guard http://www.edgemotorworks.com/e-guard sells is based off of a part made in Europe. Edge Motor specifically made this guard to accommodate and protect the second alternator that can be installed. This design does reduce your ground clearance by maybe an inch (the bulge for the alternator, so if you don't have that 2nd alternator, that would be an unnecessary loss in clearance). They also designed holes to get engine temperatures back to stock levels and a properly located engine oil plug access.

Edge designed mounting hardware to adapt to the American PM (all mounts an bolts included), Their guard mounts directly to existing points, no fabricating or drilling required. Gordon did say there were a couple mount points at the bumper end that may need to have the plastic guards that are on the van opened up a little to make it easier to install.

The metal is a 1/8 mild steel, powder coated.

Gordon was awesome and we are working something out for me to get one without the bulge fabricated in (i don't have the 2nd alternator and no intent to get one), will update on personal experience once i have it.
 

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I gave my 3500 it's 12K oil change the other day and discovered a deep ding in the trans oil pan- the notion of an additional barrier is appealing. Please post up pics when you get yours installed... I'm in AK and will likely have to fab my own.
 

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Thanks for the update. I need to call Gordon and get one. They are local, so it'll be easy. I do like the idea of one that doesn't support the 2nd alternator.

that is definitely a perk being local. Shipping is gonna make this more costly for me being up in oregon.

In full disclosure, the one we are working out for me is one of the european engine guards he has leftover in storage,(i assume they bought a couple for r&d) but with their mounts and hardware. If i want air vents and oil pan access hole i will have to cut those in myself, I build metal sculpture and have a plasma cutter so that's easy. I could fabricate my own guard, but long clean lines and precision metal working isn't where i am best suited, so i'm trading money on this part to gain more time for working on other aspects of the van.

when i say i make metal sculpture this is me: DBmetalArt.blogspot.com you'll see why 'clean' work isn't my thing. I could... but it takes much more time, like alot more for me and the result still isn't as quality.


Elfix, i will definitely post pictures and an account on how it installed. Gordon was great to work with... may be worth a call, he might set you up with some diagrams?
 

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Super art and I like that you sent us the link so we can go there and keep the forum “clean” I did and wouldn’t have missed it for anything. BTW I doubt you need the skid shield. It is a good way to feel good and under some circumstance I suppose it might do some good.
 

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^ Thanks! i've been doing it as a hobby since 2005, but last year marked me jumping in and trying it out full time (part of the reason getting the PM, work and travel rig)

Super art and I like that you sent us the link so we can go there and keep the forum “clean” I did and wouldn’t have missed it for anything. BTW I doubt you need the skid shield. It is a good way to feel good and under some circumstance I suppose it might do some good.
Thanks! glad you liked it, i wasn't sure about sharing the link, but since i don't sell anything online i figured it was safe enough. By "clean" you mean not posting photos on the forum and jsut a link?


We do get off the beaten path on more than one occasion... there is one particular trip in the bus: maps said gravel road, unmaintained gravel road, looked alright, some iffy spots but doable for the first half hour, then it turned into a full blown 4x4 road. No way we could have come the other way, but as it was we were traveling down most of the gnarliest dirt we made it, long and short of it, i sometimes get myself in some tight spots. I was leaning towards the Nissan NV as it seemed like it may be more up to a little roughing up, but the interior of the PM wins out (and lets face it, the PM looks the best out of them all). Will have to take some extra thought to where we travel, an engine guard would give me some peace of mind on rougher roads.
 

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My oil pan has a huge dimple in it that could have easily been a sweet little oil drain hole. I don’t think a skid plate is a bad idea. And my van is a couple inches higher than normal.
I was checking out on installing driving lights and noticed that there was no plastic cover on the driver side an also noticed that huge dimple in the oil pan 😳 I thought it had been damaged until I noticed this thread. Also thought the dealer took off the driver side skid plastics too 🙄 so I assume there is just the passenger side plastic under cover and none on the driver’s side 🤔
 

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We live in Quebec, Canada, very far from California. We have a RV built by Panoramic, on a Promaster 3500, 2016 without second alternator. Is somebody available to give (private email) me some measures to do it, by myself, the skid plate. I don’t want to sell to anybody just have the informations to do it. Thank you very much, apologize for my poor english, but we speak French in Quebec City.Regards.
 

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I was checking out on installing driving lights and noticed that there was no plastic cover on the driver side an also noticed that huge dimple in the oil pan 😳 I thought it had been damaged until I noticed this thread. Also thought the dealer took off the driver side skid plastics too 🙄 so I assume there is just the passenger side plastic under cover and none on the driver’s side 🤔
There is no under vehicle shield on the driver’s side. Either that or we are all missing it!
 

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We have made one of these skid plates. 1/4" 6061 Aluminum for strength and weight. If we bring them to market the cost will be about $700. We are not sure if Promaster owners will be interested at that price. What do you think?
We live in Canada, Quebec, you don’t have any distributor for a skid plate for a Promaster 2016. Is it possible to have the dimensions of the skid, I would like to made by myself. Thank you very much
 
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