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F55/F56 F56 Underbody Panel/tray

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Old 04-16-2019, 09:31 AM
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F56 Underbody Panel/tray

Is it safe to not use this? I would like to release some heat from the engine bay but don't know if this is a smart move or not. Has anyone done this yet?
 
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:45 PM
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The skid plate?

Have you seen how many wires and connections are under that? All it takes is one rock or road debris and your Mini is a paperweight
 
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:05 PM
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I have not seen how many wires are under there. I have never taken it off...just got the car. That is the reason I am asking if it is OK to take it off.

I have two r56's and had one r53, and none of them have flat bottoms and so although I assumed there may be a reason why it is on there, I was not sure seeing as I haven't taken the panel off yet. I could have just taken it off, but I figured someone on here(like yourself) would have taken it off by now to access what's actually under the panel.
 
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:15 PM
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I wouldn't
 
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:28 PM
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Yea, your thoughts are echoing some other people's that I have asked so I'll go with that
 
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Old 04-16-2019, 02:29 PM
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Pulled mine off for the first oil change, but not since. No reason to. It helps aerodynamically too.
 
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Unless you are replacing it with some other type of protection or skin, not a good idea. Protects fragile stuff under there, and helps with aerodynamics a little.

I'll be building some additional skinning and channels for a functional rear diffuser soon, might re-work the front skid plate while I'm at it, since my front splitter and the skid plate overlap quite a bit.
 
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:58 AM
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I put on a modified Rennline plate and really like it. I had to modify it to fit around my support braces


 
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I put on a modified Rennline plate and really like it. I had to modify it to fit around my support braces


Which braces? CravenSpeed's Big Pair or something else?
 
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Yeah, the Ultra Racing chassis braces, Circled in red:




The Yellow box is the cut off section I made. Basically, the plate dips down a bit and wouldn't go between the braces and the engine block so I cut it off and attached it with the normal screws then attached the "big" plate.
 
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Originally Posted by Mini_Vinnie View Post
Yeah, the Ultra Racing chassis braces, Circled in red:




The Yellow box is the cut off section I made. Basically, the plate dips down a bit and wouldn't go between the braces and the engine block so I cut it off and attached it with the normal screws then attached the "big" plate.
Are you running both the ultrabrace and the craven big pair on the car? I can't tell if they overlap or not.
 
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Yep!

The Big Pair are more towards the back of the car, basically middle back. These braces are directly under the engine so they are in 2 completely different places
 
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