Why should I buy a Dieselgeek Panzer Skid Plate?
Our heavy duty aluminum Panzer Plate kits protect all of the parts in the
bottom of the engine bay, including the cast aluminum oil pan, a/c compressor,
radiator, condenser, transmission, and rear subframe. These items, and
especially the very thin cast aluminum oil pan, can be easily damaged by road
debris, ice chunks, and minor off-road excursions. Many A4 chassis engines have
been destroyed by debris putting a hole or a crack in the aluminum oil pan and
the subsequent loss of oil and oil pressure. Also, the 1998-2005 generation
cars are very low to the ground and the front springs on these cars are
relatively soft which causes the cars to bottom out frequently. Damage often
occurs when bottoming out. In addition, the plastic belly pan that comes with
these cars is often damaged. A replacement factory plastic belly pan currently
costs up to $329.78 (New Beetle TDI). Why replace it when you can buy a highly
protective aluminum skid plate? Installing our hefty .190" inch thick
aluminum skid plate will help you avoid costly repairs and give you peace of
mind that your engine is protected!
These pictures and the first video below show you why you need a Panzer skid plate:
four cylinder oil pan.
And another broken 1.8T
. One more punctured TDI pan.
mangled VR6 oil pan
. One more VR6 bites the
. (VR6 oil pans are 1/2" lower)
for a picture of scrap oil pans at VW dealer.
Key Features of the Panzer Plate:
* Super strong and Made in the U.S.A.!
* A removable oil
drain plug access window
has been added to enable owners with 4 cylinder cars (not VR6) to drain oil from bottom of car! An optional but
* snap-in sheet
is also available to keep snow and debris from
entering oil drain window.
* Very stout,
reinforced steel front mounting posts with two rivnut anchors each. The
mounting posts are black powder-coated and utilize factory-style construction
* An integral three-point stress “bar” at the
rear of the skid plate stiffens the somewhat under-reinforced rear suspension
subframe and eliminates the need for costly aftermarket lower stress bars.
* Less weight than other plates—23.35 pounds
installed (with side skirts) for Panzer Plate versus 34.65 pounds for other
* Panzer Plate has 6/10 ths of an inch more
ground clearance than with the steel skid plate. (4.200” inches for Panzer
Plate versus 3.650” inches for steel plate measured on the same car on the same
day and measured in the same place. Car was driven ¼ mile and allowed to settle
between measurements. The absolute lowest point of the plate was the
* Maximum impact protection for your oil pan,
transmission and subframe, A/C compressor (TDI), power steering pump (1.8T,
* All necessary high-grade hardware is included
* Panzer Plates are computer designed and CNC
manufactured to ensure a great fit and good looks!
* We have the best rivnut installation tool
provided with kit. Our rivnut installation procedure is bulletproof!
* Panzer Plate will fit with any aftermarket
What about oil changes?
* TDI: Panzer Skid plates are now
punched with an easily removed
"keystone" shaped oil
drain plug access window
. This hole will allow you or an oil
change technician to easily drain the engine oil from the oil pan
removing the plate
. We will open this window for you for free if
you select that option at the bottom of the page. As an added bonus, you may
also opt for a free
* snap-in sheet
for the oil drain window by selecting that option at
the bottom of this page. Alternatively, a Pela 6000 oil extraction device (or
similar) may be purchased from oilchangekits.com to allow you to suck all of
the used oil out of the dipstick tube.
* VR6, 2.0 and 1.8T:
To access the oil filter on these engines it is
necessary to remove the skid plate. Removal of the plate is a five minute
affair and the plate itself only weighs 17.25 pounds. Because you need to
remove the skid plate to change the oil filter there is no need to remove the
oil drain window knockout below the drain plug.
* Free when purchasing a skid plate.
Do I need to purchase a replacement engine bay side skirt kit?
You do not need to buy
new engine bay side panels if your stock side panels still have the two middle
screw holes in the bottom flange nearest to the ground. The side plastic splash
shields keep water and dirt out of the engine bay and also reduce engine noise.
The modifications required to allow use of your existing side plastic splash
shields are easy to do and should take 15 minutes maximum by simply cutting
them with a hack saw.
instructions for modifying your engine bay side plastic splash shields here
If you are missing your side panels or if they are too damaged to be used then
you may want to order new aluminum side shields from the two links at the
bottom of this page. The Panzer Plate will work without them but it's nice to
keep water and dirt out of the engine bay.
Supersaver shipping is now available for only $9.99. To get an exact shipping quote for international
delivery points, add the item to you cart and input your state and postal code
in the "
Calculate Shipping Rates" box on the right side of the
* The very small print: Please note that we receive Panzer Plates
from our manufacturer with some very minor cosmetic blemishes
so by purchasing a Panzer Plate kit you are
agreeing to accepting these blemishes as terms of sale.
The plate will be very scratched up after a few weeks’
worth of use. Also, this kit is will not fit a PD150 Golf only made for the
European market (ARL engine).
Instructions links for the
installing the Panzer Skid Plate kit are here
. The most time consuming part is installing the rivnuts which is shown in the first video below.