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DaveW
September 24th, 2009, 09:42 am
Considering my options on the belly for my buggy. Anyone have any comments on materials for the belly pan/plate. UHMW, steel, Aluminum?

EHeye
September 24th, 2009, 03:42 pm
steel under with uhmw covering. Dont cheap out on the quantity of fasteners or you will just rip the uhmw off.

1980supreme
September 26th, 2009, 04:26 am
i've heard that UHMW will soak up oil (if any gets onto it) and catch fire if it gets too hot... just something to take into consideration when running exhaust

fj401ton
September 26th, 2009, 07:24 am
interesting topic. I am in the same boat, not sure what to go with. I was thinking 1/8 inch aluminum( cause I have some) with 1/2 uhmw, but now leaning towards a good quality 3/16 steel, something a little harder.

johny5
September 26th, 2009, 08:54 am
my belly is 1/4 and its bashed and bent to hell , next time in going with harden T1 steel

rkjplt1
September 26th, 2009, 06:54 pm
UHMW is definitly smoother to slide on. But after a season it's basically garbage. Even in 1/2"
I think I'm going 3/16" steel or aluminum.

funkinfunked
September 27th, 2009, 06:21 am
i've heard that UHMW will soak up oil (if any gets onto it) and catch fire if it gets too hot... just something to take into consideration when running exhaust


Ultra High Molecular Weight polyethylene starts to soften and lose its abrasion resistance characteristics around 185 degrees F.

Water solutions generally safe except highly oxidizing chemicals such as bleach. Hydrocarbons: gasoline, kerosene, oil and grease can cause swelling.

BSInc.
September 27th, 2009, 08:39 am
I've been meaning to try it, but we've been using a product call slip plate on our conveyors and chainways. it's a moly based paint. It paints on like an epoxy (use a brush) and makes any metal it touches slicker than snot on a doorknob. it seems to wear away slowly with metal on metal contact and I have yet to see it chip when put on bare steel. I don't know how it'll do with rocks, but it's oil resistant and once dry, hard to catch fire (don't ask).

Has anyone tried using AR plate for a skid or is it too brittle?

Alex_c
September 27th, 2009, 01:45 pm
high durometer urethane sheets might be an idea if you can get it.

DaveW
September 28th, 2009, 08:29 am
BSInc. got a supplier name for slip plate? I might have other applications for that than just a belly.

BSInc.
September 28th, 2009, 11:06 am
BSInc. got a supplier name for slip plate? I might have other applications for that than just a belly.


On Afternoon shift, I'll check.

rkjplt1
September 28th, 2009, 07:11 pm
BSInc. got a supplier name for slip plate? I might have other applications for that than just a belly.

If you grab some, bring it up on the 4th. I want to check it out.




BSinc, I've thought about AR plate. Properly braced it shouldn't crack and it will definetly never wear out on a 3500 lb buggy.

BSInc.
September 28th, 2009, 07:40 pm
the company bought it from United Agri Systems in Abbotsford.

It's not cheap. plan on $300 for a 5 gallon bucket, but you can get it in a spraybomb. there's about 10 different formulations.

www.slipplate.com

SNORTclown
September 30th, 2009, 09:24 am
I always used 1/4 plate. Used UHMW once in a while on different stule of cars... we backed 1/2" uhmw with 1/8" aluminum and it held up ok. I prefer the 1/4 plate since it will slide on all types of rock VS dig in like the uhmw in sandstone.

Kraqa
October 1st, 2009, 01:37 pm
urethane is not a friction surface.

UHMW works great but it wears.

I used 5/8" with no backing and support it ever 12" with tube. works fine.

i tried 1/4" UHWM backed with 1/4" aluminum with the same 12" tube support and tore the alum and UH right off.

steel works good but sticks to rocks.

i will continue to use UHWM on the bottom of my rigs. is supported right it makes the most sence to me.

Kraqa
October 1st, 2009, 01:38 pm
oh and buy all the UHWM from Redwood Plastics. Talk to Greg Smith. 604.607.6000

pook
October 1st, 2009, 02:19 pm
I ran some 3/8" uhmw backed with 10g aluminum on my ftoy it worked great. Only issue is sometimes you slide sideways and into cones...it can also really dig in on sharp rock. All in all I liked it on the ftoy. This time around I'm running 1/4" formed plate on the new buggy, after I try it out for a bit I might add some uhmw if it sticks to much.

TonkaToyKiller
October 2nd, 2009, 09:27 pm
I have 1/4" plate. Seems to work alright.

fj401ton
October 18th, 2009, 07:58 pm
I'd like to try the steel they guys lined our rock trucks and crushers with, I think it's called a tr400 steel, hard as hell and bounces back after a good impact. I take it 3/16 is a little thin? just trying to save some weight.

TonkaToyKiller
October 18th, 2009, 08:51 pm
I'd like to try the steel they guys lined our rock trucks and crushers with, I think it's called a tr400 steel, hard as hell and bounces back after a good impact. I take it 3/16 is a little thin? just trying to save some weight.

So long as it's got bracing behind it should be alright.

fj401ton
October 18th, 2009, 09:44 pm
I have about 13 inches between my belly bars, should be ok?

TonkaToyKiller
October 18th, 2009, 11:32 pm
Got any pic's of the belly tube work?

Nevermind I just took another look. You might get away with it. If you were to do anything I'd might consider running a tube up the middle. If you have a break at work I'd make a belly skid similar to what TC does.

fj401ton
October 19th, 2009, 06:45 am
Got any pic's of the belly tube work?

Nevermind I just took another look. You might get away with it. If you were to do anything I'd might consider running a tube up the middle. If you have a break at work I'd make a belly skid similar to what TC does.

I would like to have my belly wrap up both sides of the boats sides in one continuous piece. I would have the skid formed to the radius of the 2 lower tubes.

I have my fuel and electrical and stuff running through the drivers boat side and wanted to protect it

I do have some tube that I could add for the middle for support.

Goof
October 19th, 2009, 10:30 am
Tried some 1/4" UHMW on my Dad's buggy...it's sitting in a pile outside. It was deformed to hell after half a trip.

Definetly slides better than steel, but 1/4" definetly isn't though to hold it's shape under a 4500+ lb buggy.