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Hi all, I'm thinking about using a belly pan on my car and I'm hoping for advice from people that have done it. What's the best material to use? Any other tips/advice?
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Hi all, I'm thinking about using a belly pan on my car and I'm hoping for advice from people that have done it. What's the best material to use? Any other tips/advice?
 

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I don't know if it is best, but it is cheap and free: Big campaign signs work great on my car. Make sure the polls have closed first, and then grab some late on Nov. 2 if you are in the U.S.A.

Not only are you making your EV more efficient, you are recycling and cleaning up!
Ha -- great idea. But I'm looking for something a little more permanent. I could use regular plastic sheeting, but I'm worried it wouldn't last. Maybe kevlar? That's probably pretty expensive......
 

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I have not installed mine yet, but got a sheet of 1/8" ABS plastic... not very expensive, easy to heat-form, glue, or heat-weld. Should be pretty durable.
I actually just ordered the same thing. ABS -- but I'm using 3/16" to get a bit more durability. We'll see how it goes!
 

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maximum durability would be HDPE, the material used to make cutting boards and such, very puncture and wear resistant, they use the stuff too to make industrail bump rails and such.
coroplast, abs, thick PE (usually, thats already HDPE in disguise) or w/e plate you can find should all work well :)
[edit:] oh right! and steel/alu ofcourse, see the nice alu pan below :)
 

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maximum durability would be HDPE, the material used to make cutting boards and such, very puncture and wear resistant, they use the stuff too to make industrail bump rails and such.
coroplast, abs, thick PE (usually, thats already HDPE in disguise) or w/e plate you can find should all work well :)
[edit:] oh right! and steel/alu ofcourse, see the nice alu pan below :)
Unless you're making a skid plate weight should be a concern, and coroplast is probably the lightest choice.
 
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