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Date Registered: 03-2008
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Revhead Kev wrote:

Zhivan,

The bashplate is there for protection if something unfortunate happens by accident.
It is not meant to be used as armourplating and when you say "test it out soon" I hope you are not expecting it to make your Xtrail damage-proof.




Kev I agree, it is just an insurance policy in case something presents itself on the trails that I have to get past to continue onwards. The ground clearance on the Exy is fairly *cough* low so I need all the protection I can get until somebody makes a 2" inch lift for the T31.

My car was up on the ramps at Jalal's place today, I had a good look underneath and noticed that the sump has a few bruises and scrapes after only 2,000km (nothing serious). I didn't buy a 4x4 to drive to Westfields and back
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Date Registered: 07-2008
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Looking forward to the pictures Jal. Cannot wait for the new diesel and fitting the plate.

Interestingly I have done a few 'outings' with a local 4WD club and a couple of weekends ago,we played on some dunes at Lancelin north of Perth - picture attached of me taking the Rexton up a mild slope - however we had to approach with some speed & the T30 Xtrail before me lost part of his plastic engine guard - the second one he has lost - has become a bit of a standing joke - will have to recommend the proper one!

Picture also just shows an Englishman (well you cannot really identify that from the pic!) with a Discovery bogged right down. We performed a recovery procedure (snatch straps) from the rear towbar as he did not have any other suitable points to attach to. Further discussion/investigation revealed he had not bothered to reduce the tyre pressure from his normal pressures. I promptly got the Staun deflators out and dropped the pressures but not before advising him strongly not to exceed 10/15km/hr on the bitumen to the local servo, to pump his tyres up again. He didn't have a clue!

John

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It was nice meeting you too Zhivan.

The T31 Bash Plate installation process took us about 40 minutes all up and this is actually a long time considering how easy it is to fit it once Zhivan and I worked out the front and rear end of it and where each of the 4 brackets went emoticon I reckon this bash plate can be installed in 15 minutes flat....and removed in 5 minutes exactly!

First of all and before the installation process can begin, remove the Nissan plastic/useless splash-guard and donate it to the council recycling bin emoticon

It is held in place by 10 plastic clips, so very easy to remove:

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Here is the kit that holds the T31 bash plate in place:

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The two long bolts and 2 hook type washers, go at the front of the exy and the short bolts and the washers attached with the holding arm go at the rear of the bash plate into the chassis.

1. Attach all bolts and washers in place without the bash plate

Here are the front bolts and hook washers attached. Note the bolt hole position at the front of the exy.

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Here are the rear bolts and sliding washer attached. You will need to slot the washer through the opening in the chassis and then hold it in place while attaching the bolt.

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2. Use a 17mm spanner to tighten the bolts, but leave enough space between the bolts heads and the body of the chassis so you can slot the bash plate in place.

3. The bash plate has a circle opening at the front and a sliding opening at the back to enable you to slide it in place freely without any problems.

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And here is the bash plate attached and tightened

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The bash plate has two rubber type cushioning attachments on the inner edge of it, to stop any possible rattles when the car moves. You can also see how flash it sits with the undercarriage and therefore not reducing ground clearance at all.

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4. During an oil change and to access the oil sump plug, all you need to do is loosen the 4 bolts (without the need to remove them at all) and slide the bash plate right out. That's how easy it is to remove it and put it back in place.

I think it's the perfect winning combination and the best alternative to the useless plastic protection Nissan has included with the exy.

This concludes my report. I hope it helps.




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Is it conceivable that a sump plug access hole could be drilled through?

I know the removal is simple, but I am not sure I can trust the dealer service to refit correctly every time and the last thing I need is a plate coming off whilst moving!

I don't think it would compromise the underbody protection too much - your thoughts folks?

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It's really up to you John, but the way the bash plate will be removed after you fit the brackets and bolts, there can be no mistake in the way it is attached back in place again and all they have to do is loosen the 4 bolts (without removing them) and tighten them again. If you don't trust the dealer to do that simple task correctly, you might as well remove the bash plate yourself before taking it for servicing for added peace of mind.

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Here is the stock plastic engine guard that fell off the car. The only reason I kept it was to put it in the bin (Keep Australia Beautiful!)

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Looks like a splashguard Zhivan.

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Actually Zhivan, where does this thing attach to? Does it need to remmoved before fitting the bash plate or can the bash plate go over it for those who still have it? I should have asked you this yesterday.

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jalalski wrote:

Actually Zhivan, where does this thing attach to? Does it need to remmoved before fitting the bash plate or can the bash plate go over it for those who still have it? I should have asked you this yesterday.



Hi Jalal,

The top edge sits below the front bumper and extends towards the back of the car just like the steel bashplate. The plastic guard only covers a third of the area the steel one does. Not sure if you can leave it in place (and use both) I don't have the original clips anymore they got donated to the bush somewhere.

The plastic cover is fairly thick and bulky I am unsure if it can remain in place when using the steel bashplate which sits snugly under the car as you know.

If I get some time this week I might test it out.

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No worries Zhivan, just thought I might need to add the removal of this plastic guard before fitting the bash plate to the fitting instructions, so the guys know what to do. I'm pretty sure the manufacturer told me that the plastic guard would have to be removed/unclipped.

Aaah yep, just found this in the email I got from the manufacturer emoticon

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Yes the splash guard needs to be removed and chucked in the bin.



This will have to be added as step #1 of the fitting instructions, so guys take note emoticon


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