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· One Punch Man
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That janky plastic splash guard was missing on the b 5.5 I bought not so long ago. I didn't really like that, but the price was pretty good.

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with more robust guards for the car that come off easier than the stock ones, because my Audi had a similar splash guard on it to the B5.5 that was a real pain in the ass when it had to come off and just keeping the thing even attached was a problem. I had to go out and find it more than once after biffing a big dead (a live one too) raccoon laying in the road and driving in a blizzard through 18" deep snow. Never mind the cheap plastic hardware that holds it on...

I would like to copy a design like they put onto rally cars, as I come across a lot of things in my travels in Illinois...that state where they don't seem to do a lot of road maintenance to keep auto repair shops busy. It's a conspiracy...Maybe...I dunno. I've literally broken cars just driving around Rockford looking for nothing in particular.

I have a rather extensive metal working background, so fabbing stuff isn't much of a problem for me. I just need more clear ideas to work with other than just the vague ads for rally plates that cost more than the car did, like attachment methods and attachment points.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I was just sitting looking around online and pondering what 2mm + thick aluminum costs, it is pricey...Then I remembered a time when I was riding my bicycle and my helmet visor occluded my view of a street sign that I was approaching at speed. I remembered how hard it hit my head (or my head hit it) and how it took no visible damage. It just sat there and kind of quivered as if it was laughing at me...

Then I wondered what happens to those old signs when they get faded and damaged, because on occasion I have noticed when they are replaced with new ones.

And then I called my local township to ask them what happens to old signage after it outlives it's usefulness.

I found out that they just store them up and really appreciate it when somebody takes the stuff off of their hands, at least they seem to be.

Free is the best price.

Recycling begins with re-use.

I'm peculiarly aroused. (this is my normal state, but slightly more so than usual).
 

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Look up Panzer plate and passat skid plate
 

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as I come across a lot of things in my travels in Illinois...that state where they don't seem to do a lot of road maintenance to keep auto repair shops busy. It's a conspiracy...Maybe...I dunno. I've literally broken cars just driving around Rockford looking for nothing in particular.
Go up to WI. Now those roads suck!
 

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Go up to WI. Now those roads suck!
I live in Wisconsin. Rockford is a way better place than Madison or Dubuque to find trouble if one is seeking such things. I sometimes bring "trouble" home with me and point out the difference in the road as we cross the state line. They almost always laugh about the difference because it's like flipping a switch almost.
 

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The metal skid plates are easier to remove and put back on than the plastic ones (after the initial install). I need to get one for the Tiguan as it has a plastic oil pan.
 
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