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Has anyone purchased and installed this accessory? If so, please share your experience. Is it worth it? How much did your dealer charge for installation?

Looking at the installation instructions under Accessories it looks a tad more involved than installing the mud guards :) ... And does anyone know what the existing (original) panel is made out of?

I live in Michigan, well-known for its terrible roads and many pot-holes, so I am seriously considering adding this plate to my FE. Thanks!
 

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The original skid plate is made of a synthetic, card board like material.
 

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Has anyone purchased and installed this accessory? If so, please share your experience. Is it worth it? How much did your dealer charge for installation?

Looking at the installation instructions (http://accessories.volvocars.com/en-ca/XC90(16-)/InstallationInstruction/Document/VCC-470332-2/2016) it looks a tad more involved than installing the mud guards :) ... And does anyone know what the existing (original) panel is made out of?

I live in Michigan, well-known for its terrible roads and many pot-holes, so I am seriously considering adding this plate to my FE. Thanks!
I ordered it, since we drive frequently in the sierras in winter, where heavy snowfall is common. Snow-damming under the engine was the concern. We ordered a t8; unfortunately at present volvo offers no rear-axle plate to guard the motor and companion inverter electronics module.
 

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I have got it. I have got a car someone ordered and canceled. I would not have ordered it myself, the roads are perfect over here in the Netherlands. I thought it would look cool... and it does as long as you get on your belly to look at it.
 

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I had recently an accident with my XC60 where I hit some roadwork barriers and a sign (car from opposite direction hit them minutes before and through them on my lane...). Part of the road sign went under the car resulting in damaging the oil pan! As part of the repairs, I decided to install the protective plate. It is a very sturdy piece of kit indeed and to be honest, I wish I had it installed from the beginning. I have posted a few photos here (http://minvolvo.blogspot.com/2016/02/volvo-xc60-protective-plate-beneath.html), and the one for XC90 should look similar to it.
 

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The snowplows here in Denver leave some pretty big snow berms at the end of the driveway, so I orderd the Protective Plate with my XC-90. It was a little over US$400.

You probably wouldn't want to install it yourself. I watched the tech use an expensive tool--he said it was about US$500--to set the eight rivnuts in the frame. Several of the sales people came out to watch. Mine was the first they'd seen. The installation took about 20 minutes with the right tool.

The original cover was made of some kind of fiberboard.

I also learned that the various cutouts in the plate provide airflow for engine cooling, and that the plate will have to come off for oil changes.
 

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the roads are perfect over here in the Netherlands.
Those socialists and their infrastructure! (Waving angry fist)
 

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@ivos: I had the engine protective plate installed on my T8 + Air. I assume the measurements are similar too between the T6 and T8. Most of my accessories, including the protective plate, were installed at the dealer/garage although I thought they were being installed at port.

The ground clearance is 9.75 inches (259.825 mm) with the car off and easy entry/exit off. I am glad that I have it as I came from a 2007 Toyota 4Runner Sport and I simply appreciate knowing that the extra protection is there for various road hazards.

P.S.: I do not hear any noise from it. Respectfully and sincerely, my hearing is no where as good as yours.

http://rs1074.pbsrc.com/albums/w416/gary-16-xc90/image_zpsfghqzijr.jpeg~c100
 

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Nice, thank you. Will think about it :)
 

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I had it added a few weeks ago. I think it is worth it given the low quality of many roads that I have to drive in Michigan. It weighs 17lbs 10oz (8 kg), but it doesn't appear to affect gas mileage.

I recommend that you not try to install it yourself as you need the special rivet tool that dealers should have on hand and it took quite some time (according to my service manager).

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I had it added a few weeks ago. I think it is worth it given the low quality of many roads that I have to drive in Michigan. It weighs 17lbs 10oz (8 kg), but it doesn't appear to affect gas mileage.

I recommend that you not try to install it yourself as you need the special rivet tool that dealers should have on hand and it took quite some time (according to my service manager).

Cheers!
I added a few underbody shields to my current car so I agree that it's worth it.

I will however be installing it myself. You can pick up a rivet gun @ Harbor Freight with multiple size rivets for next to nothing.
 

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I added a few underbody shields to my current car so I agree that it's worth it.

I will however be installing it myself. You can pick up a rivet gun @ Harbor Freight with multiple size rivets for next to nothing.
I wouldn't use rivets. The plate has to come off for oil changes. The installation instructions call for rivNUTs, which are probably specified to have certain metallurgical properties so they don't fail when the frame vibrates and flexes. Rivnuts provide a threaded hole to receive the bolts that hold the plate on.


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I wouldn't use rivets. The plate has to come off for oil changes. The installation instructions call for rivNUTs, which are probably specified to have certain metallurgical properties so they don't fail when the frame vibrates and flexes. Rivnuts provide a threaded hole to receive the bolts that hold the plate on.


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I'll use whatever the instructions call for. No worries.
 

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The original syntetic cardboard like protective plate took a beating this winter. It was actually hanging from the rear at one point. I had to install bigger washer to hold it in place.

Trying to find cheaper aftermarket skid plate made of plastic. I don't need the full on aluminum. Perhaps if it had integrated panels to access the oil filter instead of removing it completely I would consider it.

Edit: Wait a minute, does in fact the Volvo accessory plate have access panels to change the oil?


http://accessories.volvocars.com/en-ca/XC90(16-)/Accessories/Document/VCC-499184/2017/T5%20AWD/Automatic
 

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Just last week, a friend of mine was driving behind a truck on the interstate. Something flew off the truck and went under his car (Lexus 300 or 350). You guessed it.... Oil pressure light came on, pulled over safely. Learned that the oil pan and a few other underneath components were ripped off or damaged. I can't help but think that a metal engine protection shield would have been much better protection than what he had - who knows. He ended up trading out of the car because he lost faith in the car's engine and risks of a failure.

Anyway, the prospect of this type of incident made me decide that a small investment could prove to be worthwhile. Just thought I would pass this along.
 

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Well a car is lower than an SUV... The Lexus IS350 does come with full plastic under protection but for some reason not in North America.

238$ to replace the stock peace vs 433$ for the thick aluminum skid plate. Pick up the skid plate yesterday. Bring on the snow! :)

It does have more hole than the stock peace so perhaps it doesn't have to be removed for an oil change. I'll find out when I install it.
 

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... It does have more hole than the stock peace so perhaps it doesn't have to be removed for an oil change. I'll find out when I install it.
Hi, please let us know if the aluminum skid plate had the holes for oil change or needs to be removed for that.

Thanks!
 

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Lots of strategically placed vent holes. None for the oil filter. As eme432 said above it has to come of for oil filter change. Which would be to to bad if the spacers that goes between the plate at the frame not be loose until you put the bolt through. Almost a two person operation put it back in place. I'll glue the spacers in place next time.


I understand the idea to protect the plastic oil filter housing when you go off road. My Yamaha snowmobile has an access panel in the stock aluminum plate. Cheap enough to implement you would think.
 
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