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post #46 of 69 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 05:16 PM
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Yes it does give less ground clearance, but it did its job in this case. I got run off the road last November and hit a pot hole on the side of the road.
My guess is it saved the oil pan. Fortunately I had another spare
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Yep. Ranks right up there with Spica vs. Webers.
If I were going to use a sump guard, it would be a Weber, not a Spica.

Seriously, I've purchased two sump guards and never used them for anything except space fillers on the shelf. Even bouncing the GTV's pan off the highway at 75 mph didn't do anything more than causing my heart to stop briefly. Come to think of it, banging the pavement did loosen up the oil drain plug and grind it down a little, but it still works just fine.

I have to go over some speed bumps at an angle as it is. Can't imagine what would happen if the car were effectively an inch or two lower.

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Yah, it does bounce a little too often on 'irregular' surfaces but on the other hand it has saved my pan more than once driving unknown roads, aggressively, even though I was slowed to Impulse Power because the Flux Capacitor was acting up and I was running low on dilithium crystals.

Will just not take a chance without it... besides I think it looks cool under there!

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The way you drive, I highly recommend it Bill
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The way you drive, I highly recommend it Bill

Why, because I pay attention to what's in front of me or because I can out brake you???

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...driving unknown roads, aggressively,..

Will just not take a chance without it...
Why address a symptom when the cause can be eliminated?

I ust admit though the the guards do indeed serve a very useful purpose; cut 'em up for flatstock.

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Why address a symptom when the cause can be eliminated?
Wise man say: hazards can never be eliminated, only managed.

Wise man also know tale of John M. Dark road, newly exposed manhole cover, wham. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Maybe you're omniscient about road hazards, but as a mere mortal I'll take the extra protection.

Personally I've never understood the logic of arguments against using a guard. The only practical clearance you lose is the quarter-inch thickness of the metal. I mean, If something is high enough to jam the guard into the pan, then likely it would've smashed the pan anyway if you didn't have the guard. Sure the *guard* hangs lower and will hit more stuff, but that just scrapes the guard and doesn't do any real damage.

I know mine has saved my sorry a$$ at least once.

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I think we have beat this oil pan guard thing to death, literally and figuratively.

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Can't imagine what would happen if the car were effectively and inch or two lower.

me either. Sump guard continues to rest in corner of already cluttered garage.

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We get together just about every year at Raymond G's fish camp out on Mustang Island, couple of miles before Port A on the left. Next time we do I'l be sure and let you know and I might even drive my project down then we can find out!
This is the 74 I had back years ago. It had a sump guard. Also had a red 72, now I've got a 73, weird huh. I think this guy is wanted in at least five states!





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Great photos gigem- did you play for Crosby, Stills and Nash? Looks like a Woodstock scene there.

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I agree. "Nuff" about Sump Guards. Shall we talk about the various types, pros and cons of a roll bar. Pre-assembled or custom. Are there any that do not clutter up the view of the CHP in the rear view mirror?

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I agree. "Nuff" about Sump Guards. Shall we talk about the various types, pros and cons of a roll bar. Pre-assembled or custom. Are there any that do not clutter up the view of the CHP in the rear view mirror?
Ok Don, just for you I started a new thread about rollcages:



So the discussion about sump guards can continue here.

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OK, how about a new question? One of the ribs of my sump guard took a hit and is now rubbing on my sump. I loosened one side of the front and slipped in a 1/4 inch piece of plastic as a spacer. It's not rubbing now. My question is the steel mild enough to bang out the dent with a hammer if I take the whole thing off? I was worried to have the guard off the car for too long, but after reading this thread, I'm not worried anymore. I'm going to take it off and examine it, but the SF Bay Area has many potholes, speed bumps and generally bad roads, so I'll put it back on. So how easy is it to re-shape?

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