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ref26
February 26th, 2011, 09:16 PM
I just purchased an 09 SX4 today! It's in pretty great shape except this piece in the back has a crack in it. It's not a big deal but if it's a fairly inexpensive fix I would do it. Any idea how much it would cost? Will I need to go to a dealer or is it something I could do myself? If so, what should I search for to find the part? Thanks!!

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv280/ref26/2008-Suzuki-SX4-Rear-View.jpg

02C2
February 26th, 2011, 09:40 PM
That would be what the factory calls the rear "skid" plate, which is purely cosmetic. Also reminds me I need to take mine off cuz I cracked the front one and ripped it off. People on here do occasionally sell them from time to time.

213
February 27th, 2011, 04:03 AM
Welcome to the forum!

MSRP is $129, but online vendors are slightly cheaper. Parts.com (http://www.parts.com/accessories/index.cfm?action=AccessoryCatalog&catalogid=5512&categoryID=157239) has it for $110, Dealerfit (http://suzuki.dealerfit.com/store/suzuki-sx4-crossover-skid-plate-styled-trim-prod1318_29178.php) for $101. Installation involves a few screws.

As noted above, the piece is strictly cosmetic, garnishing an otherwise finished bumper. Not all Crossovers have it, and several forumers have removed it for a cleaner look.

http://images.autobytel.com/web/carpicsviews/800pixelswide/CAC10SZC092A0113.jpg

ref26
February 27th, 2011, 08:58 AM
Thanks for the help! Seems silly that that piece of plastic costs over $100, I'll probably just leave it as is or maybe just take it off at some point. I'm really loving the car so far! :D

Caterham
February 27th, 2011, 09:10 AM
Welcome to the forum. I like the looks of mine with the skid plate, but if it broke, I don't think I'd pay $100 to replace it.

02C2
February 27th, 2011, 11:22 AM
I like the look of mine as well, its just off kilter with the front removed. Where you located, ref? If you're close enough I can do you a LOT better than $100. Not sure what shipping would be.

The Shadow
February 27th, 2011, 12:10 PM
It was listed on my Window sticker as "Rear Skid Plate" and when I questioned the dealer about it, they pointed to that little piece of silver plastic. I won't quote my comment to them!, but it was laced with expletives. I think the factory price for that was around $150.

I bought the REAL rear skid plate from Primitive Racing for just over $100.

:cool:

Jack Straw
February 27th, 2011, 12:47 PM
I like the way it looks better without it,

although if you want one, the retail prices are ridiculous. I've got a used set F&R for $20 plus whatever it costs to ship them.. they're not heavy but large.
1/15th of the retail price is more about where they should be priced I believe =)

Jack Straw
February 27th, 2011, 12:48 PM
just reread and mine has a crack too

ref26
February 27th, 2011, 02:03 PM
02C2, I'm located in Madison, WI

02C2
February 27th, 2011, 02:53 PM
Just buy Jack's
http://clubsx4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1103

ref26
February 27th, 2011, 03:07 PM
I don't think his is in much better shape than mine, so I'll probably just stick with what I have. Thanks though!

hugbear
February 27th, 2011, 11:58 PM
this piece in the back has a crack in it.
Did you check this (http://www.sx4club.com/forums/showpost.php?p=138158&postcount=9) on the old forum?

ref26
February 28th, 2011, 11:25 AM
This is what mine looks like, do you think some epoxy would work for it? I couldn't see the pix in the other thread.

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv280/ref26/IMG_0362.jpg

TRS
February 28th, 2011, 11:42 AM
I think that plastic piece is only held on by a couple screws. Remove it from the vehicle and clean and dry it. Find a piece of stiff plastic that will bridge across the crack from behind. Use epoxy or super glue or some other adhesive suitable for use outdoors and on plastic. Just glue the bridge in place behind the cracked portion. Looks like you'll have to hold it in place until it sets (only a few seconds with a Super Glue type adhesive). Should end up being a pretty clean repair with the edges of the broken part visible only from up close.

Vincine
February 28th, 2011, 11:51 AM
I cracked my rear skid plate when I backed into a snow bank (skid plate, ha!). It’s a vertical crack over on the drivers end. I covered it with a small vertical strip of black ‘Gorilla Tape’ and put a strip on the other side to match.

hugbear
March 1st, 2011, 01:02 AM
Before:
http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/2513/58341556.th.jpg (http://img193.imageshack.us/i/58341556.jpg/)

and after:
http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/9026/reparat128.th.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/i/reparat128.jpg/)
(click to see larger versions)

I think in your case epoxy would do just fine. Just sand-paper it neatly on the visible side (unlike me :() and spray paint it to match and you're a happy camper :).

ref26
March 3rd, 2011, 01:47 PM
So I'm planning to take it off and try and epoxy it, but I can't get it off! I got the two back swrews off with a regular screwdriver no problem, and I found a hex key that was just the right size for the front screws, but they won't come out! I turn and turn and they won't move! Am I missing something?

Lugnutz
March 4th, 2011, 09:11 AM
I had same problem taking mine off, reach up and back to find out what is on the other side of the screw. I think there is a nut that you will have to use a socket or pliers on to keep it from turning.

ref26
March 4th, 2011, 04:05 PM
Does anyone know what size the bolts on the other size are? I want to go buy the right size socket wrench.

Lugnutz
March 4th, 2011, 10:11 PM
if I remember I'll go check in the morning I'm thinking its 10mm but I'm usually wrong !

Lugnutz
March 5th, 2011, 03:18 PM
I was wrong its 11mm or a 7/16 will work in a pinch

ref26
March 5th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Thanks, I managed to get them off using pliers although it was a bit of a PITA, especially the one closest to the tailpipe. Which of the screws need to go back on if I decide to not put the skid plate back, all of them?

Stinson Driver
March 5th, 2011, 06:23 PM
Thanks, I managed to get them off using pliers although it was a bit of a PITA, especially the one closest to the tailpipe. Which of the screws need to go back on if I decide to not put the skid plate back, all of them?

I removed my joke of a factory skid plate last year. (I still have it if you want it, I am in New Hampshire). I put all five of the bolts back just to fill the holes in the bumper skin, but if memory serves, only the set of two help hold the bumper skin in place are needed. The set of three are not needed without the "skid plate". But, I did not want three holes in the bottom of my bumper skin, so I put those bolts back on also.

ref26
March 5th, 2011, 07:58 PM
How much would you want for it? Is it like new?

EricDavis621
March 14th, 2011, 12:38 PM
It was listed on my Window sticker as "Rear Skid Plate" and when I questioned the dealer about it, they pointed to that little piece of silver plastic. I won't quote my comment to them!, but it was laced with expletives. I think the factory price for that was around $150.

I bought the REAL rear skid plate from Primitive Racing for just over $100.

:cool:
Is the skid plate u bought specific to the SX4?

rook
March 15th, 2011, 12:14 PM
I took mine off about one year ago and seriously just two weeks back dropped it at the dump when I cleaned out the house! Dammit!

AuricTech
March 17th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Is the skid plate u bought specific to the SX4?
Here's a link (http://www.writerguy.com/primitive/suzuki/skidplates.htm) to the Primitive Racing skidplate page.

For just a front skidplate, there's also the option of the Rocky Road skidplate (http://www.rocky-road.com/sx4skidplate.html). Note that the Rocky Road skidplate has access holes for oil changes, which the Primitive Racing one lacks (in this thread on the old forum (http://www.sx4club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6567), subieracer of Primitive Racing said he could add access holes upon request (http://www.sx4club.com/forums/showpost.php?p=121786&postcount=15)).
Obviously, there's a tradeoff between convenience and protection.

Stinson Driver
March 26th, 2011, 09:08 PM
How much would you want for it? Is it like new?

It is like new except (there is always an "except" it seems) one bolt spun when I was removing it so that bolt hole is distored/melted a bit from the friction. I think it would mount up just fine with a large washer under the screw head to cover the deformed hole. Pay for the shipping and gimme ten bucks to buy a six pack, and it is yours. As mentioned in my post, I put the mounting bolts back into the car to fill the holes in the bumper, but you should be able to get suitable bolts at a decent hardware store.

I cannot believe Suzuki charges $150 for that thing on the sticker! It is cosmetic only, they have nerve calling it a skid plate.

ref26
March 26th, 2011, 10:36 PM
Hm, any idea how much shipping might be on something of this size?

Stinson Driver
March 27th, 2011, 09:41 PM
Hm, any idea how much shipping might be on something of this size?

Where are you? And, to answer the question, I have no clue what the shipping cost would be. At least it is light, even if it is kinda large.

ref26
March 27th, 2011, 09:48 PM
I'm in WI.

Stinson Driver
March 27th, 2011, 09:56 PM
I'm in WI.

Just a suggestion - you could take the one you took off your car to UPS or Fedex or the Post Office and say "how much to ship this to NH, zipcode 03890?". That would give you an idea of the shipping cost. If you want to eat that much cost, I can get it boxed up and send it your way. If not, it will keep gathering dust in my shop until I trash it.

The Shadow
March 28th, 2011, 08:32 AM
Just about everything you put on an SX4 is specific to that car. YES, the rear skid plate must match the bolts that hold the rear differential in place, EXACTLY. There is NO wiggle room there.
The skid plate I bought from Primitive, over a year ago, was patterned after the 2007 SX4, Crossover, AWD, and did not perfectly fit my 2009.
In fact I could not mount it at all. But with a little "Chop-Cut-Rebuild" I made it fit.
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/AlterSkidPlate.jpg

Once the little 'fix' was done, the skid plate bolted right up with no more problems.

Here's the Skid plate installed, on my 2009 SX4, AWD.
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/DrWho1943/SkidPlateON.jpg

I've heard through the grape-vine, that Primitive has revised their pattern for this plate, so that it now fits the 2009, with no more mounting problems.
Some people who have bought this same skid plate have also cut a hole in the lower right corner, so they can drain their Differential fluid, without removing the plate.
I didn't do that, so I'll have to remove the plate when I do my next differential fluid change. I'll cut the hole, before I put the plate back on.

I can tell by the deep scratches in the skid plate, that it's been doing its job, of protecting my rear differential (an aluminum casting) from rocks and road hazards.

This last picture was taken before I painted my muffler and tail pipe with High Temp flat black paint.

Just a thought,
:cool:

Stinson Driver
March 28th, 2011, 08:46 AM
Shadow - He's not talking about (and I am not offering him my removed item of) the REAL skidplate that Primitive makes and you have pictured. He is talking about (and I am offering him my removed one of) the plastic fake skid plate that the factory puts on the bottom of the rear bumper skin. I would never offer up my Primitive rear skid plate. Or my Primitive front skid plate, for that matter.

The Shadow
March 28th, 2011, 08:58 AM
OH I know! I think I mentioned somewhere that I already griped to my dealer about that Phoney Baloney plastic skid plate that added $150 to the cost of my car. Grrrrr!

It just seemed like an appropriate place to let people know that they can get a REAL skid plate for a whole lot less than that plastic thing.
Sorry, I didn't mean to cut in on your sale.:O

:cool:

jute2003
March 28th, 2011, 09:31 AM
MADISON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hell yah, You have a PM about your skidplates Ref

Kalos
May 5th, 2013, 05:44 PM
I'm buying an SX4 this week and removing the phony skidplate. It will be available for a nominal amount to someone who likes the look or wants to replace a crunched skidplate.

Kalos
January 1st, 2014, 06:23 AM
I'm buying an SX4 this week and removing the phony skidplate. It will be available for a nominal amount to someone who likes the look or wants to replace a crunched skidplate.

This skidplate is still available, though I've moved to Maryland.

stock2wtf
January 7th, 2014, 08:33 AM
I'd be interested in the skid plate if you still have it, I live in 92028.

SeanBonham
January 7th, 2014, 09:06 AM
http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv280/ref26/2008-Suzuki-SX4-Rear-View.jpg

I've got one like this I'd sell ya for pretty cheap. PM me if interested.

Kalos
June 8th, 2014, 10:37 PM
If this is sold, I have another rear (fake) slid plate for sale (Delmar, MD).