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Is there a front underbody panel that is more solid compared to the OEM compressed fiber panel?
 

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TS13FST Thanks for the help. My phone isn't getting the images downloaded so I'll show you my excitement later. I keep finding it funny that body parts are made by people not companies for the two vehicles I own.
 

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No i did not install it.

But i think with the item number, your ford dealer should be able to order the part.

Its an official ford item.


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The part number 1870831 does not resolve here in the USA on the online Ford Parts catalog. Maybe I picked up the wrong number?

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Mark
 

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There's this $72 plastic belly pan, says it fits focus, I know at one point I saw one like this listed for ST:

2012-2016 Ford Focus Undercar Shield - Body Mechanical & Trim - Action Crash 12-16 Focus Undercar Shield - 118418-04134086 - PartsGeek
Thanks! I just ordered one for my daughter's 2012 SE (it came without one...). I'll compare it with the one on my 2013 ST and report back.

*** UPDATE: 11 December 2016 ***

The PartsGeek belly pan arrived wrapped and packed loosely in a big box.

It is identical to the one on my 2013 ST -- EXCEPT that the front portion is molded a little differently. There's no styrofoam block underneath the AC compressor for example, and there's some "ribbing" in the same area where the one on the ST is smooth.

The bolt holes and the dimensions are otherwise identical.

It's much lighter than the stock unit; the plastic itself is thinner and more rigid, and the fuzzy coating is thinner. It probably won't "sponge up" water as much on rainy days like the stock one.

In the event, I put my ST's pan on my daughter's 2012 SE and put the new pan on my car. Sounds the same on my car; makes my daughter's car a little less buzzy.

All the best,
Mark

Here are some pics:

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Directions were a little hard to follow, but I installed the Skid Plate Guy Aluminum plate on my car today. Comes with the ford hardware kit that I am guessing the plate previously mentioned in this thread uses. I am happy with it. One of the mounting points seemed a little close to the belt when installing, but no issues after install.

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Directions were a little hard to follow, but I installed the Skid Plate Guy Aluminum plate on my car today. Comes with the ford hardware kit that I am guessing the plate previously mentioned in this thread uses. I am happy with it. One of the mounting points seemed a little close to the belt when installing, but no issues after install.

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How secure is the mounting on this? could it be used as a base for mounting a functional splitter or is it a really flimsy mount like the stock one?
 

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How secure is the mounting on this? could it be used as a base for mounting a functional splitter or is it a really flimsy mount like the stock one?
It mounts pretty solid. Two brackets mounted up front and two bolts in the rear that mount to the same portion of the subframe as the RMM (i.e. Should be sturdy). Seems like it might be difficult to use as a splitter mount since it sits in about the same location (so you still have the plastic under the front bumper before skid plate). Below is a few pictures of the hardware.

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Very interesting, looks like there is potential their, have to get out the sketch paper. Thanks for such a thorough response.
 

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Educate me on why we would need a more substantial underbelly pan anyway.
 

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Several skid plate guy users rally cross their cars. I am lowering my car in the spring and wanted to have a little extra insurance in case of bottoming out. For your average owner probably not a worthwhile upgrade. Though it will be nice to no longer have to worry about a waterlogged felt panel when working on the car on rainy/snowy days.
 

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As promised the PartsGeek pan arrived so I've updated my original post with pics and fitment comments; it's pretty good!

http://www.focusst.org/forum/focus-...-underbody-panel-post1427506.html#post1427506

Posting this so all who subb'd will get a notification.

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Mark
Looks good, thanks for the beta test! I will let my factory felt get more thrashed for now, hopefully it'll still be available should I need a replacement. Yours looked like it's seen plenty of road time.
 
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