So, in my family we have a bit of a curb problem. In the last 8 days we've hit curbs at high speed twice, both times causing the now-all-too-familiar breakage pattern of chassis, bulkhead, and front skid plate. As I was back at the LHS picking up my usual parts list I realized that those skid plates come in pairs, front and rear. I've replaced the front skid plate three times prior from curb impact damage and never the rear skid plate so I have a nice stack of three new rear skid plates collecting dust in the garage. So I decided not to buy another pair of skid plates and see if I could trim up a rear skid plate to fit on the front instead.
I spend way too much time at work checking out the forum and I know that I am nowhere near the craftsman that most of you guys are. But, I figured I'd get the dremel out and give it a try anyway. It took about 90 minutes and 3 pints but I have a functional, albeit pretty ugly, front skid plate.
Luckily, the bulkhead will receive a third, center screw. That was good since the existing holes in the skid plate were in the wrong location to accomodate the other two screw receivers. I did try to cheat the holes over on the skid plate and use the two outside screws but I lost a lot of the strength because of the resulting oblong hole and loss of plastic along the edges.
Overall, I'd give myself a C, mostly for effort. Only time and the skatepark will tell if this skidplate will hold up as well as the intended part.
Have any of you guys tried to do something like this?
Oh, for the record, I have honestly never hit a curb. My MO is glancing blows on trees and fence posts. However my son, brother, sister, and brother-in-law are expert curb-crashers and are the parties responsible for my chassis replacement experience. I'm the resident Traxxas mechanic so, while still a newb for sure, I am approaching journeyman status in chassis and castor block replacement.