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Old 07-21-2007, 06:15 PM
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Skid plate

I put a skid plate on my '85 W123 last year -- see this thread for the DIY I wrote:

W123 Skid Plate Install w/pix

I bought mine from Phil, about $125, I think. It is made of heavy steel and attaches at 4 points. It should protect the oil pan from being bashed in by rocks and other things that stick up. It's primarily sold to people who drive in "semi-off-road" conditions. It's not an "encapsulation" panel -- my '87 has those so I understand the difference.

I bought it because I lost the transmission in a non-MB car to a big rock in the road (thought it was a paper bag) and didn't want to lose an oil pan in a similar situation.


"Buster" in the '95

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