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Belly Pan

Ctrcbob

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Friend of mine with a Hyundai Elantra ran over debris in road. Flipped up into engine compartment, broke the serpentine belt then wrapped around pullies. She was smart and pulled over. Phoned a friend (Subaru specialist) who came over, got the car to his place, replaced the alternator and installed new belt.

She (and I) does not know if the Elantra came with a belly pan of if it was left off when oil was last changed.

Now I know why manufacturers put belly pans on cars.

Now I’m going to check both my cars.
 

Hunter Mike

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The manufacturer doesn't care about protecting the engine compartment from something you did. They put the covers there to increase the fuel economy. They want to sell you parts & services and if that's not enough, a new car!

It costs money for that part and someone figures the cost/benefit analysis to see if the better CAFE rating is worth the cost of the part/unit.
 

Hinky

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The pan didn't have to be made of steel. On my Audi it was thin plastic. If the manufacturer of your vehicle is so evil, stick it to them and drive a tricycle. Don't forget your tinfoil helmet.
 

Hunter Mike

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The pan didn't have to be made of steel. On my Audi it was thin plastic. If the manufacturer of your vehicle is so evil, stick it to them and drive a tricycle. Don't forget your tinfoil helmet.
It should be plastic on the TourX, it’s not raised enough to do anything off-road. They went through the trouble to save weight with an aluminum hood but put a heavy steel under pan.

Thanks for the personal attack, it gives me someone to ignore on this board. If you think the manufacturers are here to help you, you must work for the government and get the kickbacks!
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Rhetoric

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Anyone else starting to see a trend here?

Seems like the Sportback and GS models didn't come with the steel belly pan.

Must be part of the A55 package that includes cladding. :ROFLMAO:
 

L J

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Anyone else starting to see a trend here?

Seems like the Sportback and GS models didn't come with the steel belly pan.

Must be part of the A55 package that includes cladding. :ROFLMAO:
R man I believe A55 is the levelride seat. I love mine it stays pretty level.
 

L J

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I find bellypan not very comfortable, decided to go without.
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