The 1.8t's come factory with an aluminum pan. Skid plates are pretty common amongst B5's for that reason.
aluminum>steel anyway...IMO at least.
The way I look at it, if you roll that low and hit something there has to be give somewhere. I would rather crack an oil pan than dent it and clog or starve the pickup, damage motor mounts, etc.
maybe so, but you could dyno the same car 5 times within a week and each time get results that vary as far as plus or minus 20 hp due to air temp and density levels. plus on the dyno, you arent moving the weight of the car, so theoretically weight shouldnt have anything to do with power production on a dyno, only acceleration times.
but i could also be wrong. i dont know too much about dynos so someone correct me if im wrong.
You don't really have to worry about the oil pan in the 1.8t, the subframe protects it pretty good and I only know of less then a handful of guys on here who have busted their oil pans on the 1.8t.
If its an auto thats when you'll run into issues with the transmission pan.
ask me how I know
^^oh damn! lol and I have a manual 1.8, non quattro. I can see the pan but it barely goes lower than the edge of the front lip. the lowest point, from what I can see, are the subframe jack supports, those hump looking things. I hit those more while bouncing on the roads lol.
Just looked up some statistics, Louisiana, New Jersey, Washington (state), Hawaii, and Pennsylvania seem to be at the top of most the lists…..I used to live in PA and I've gotta say Pittsburgh suuuuuucks. Back then I had a 1987 4WD Isuzu Trooper though
Update: pics coming soon of the progress in between.
Last edited by Chuckdee; 04-16-2012 at 10:37 PM.