Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I have an Aluminum Belly Pan on mine. No complaints and it definitely has saved the Coolant Overflow Bottle on several occasions. Curiously, I have a counter argument that favors aluminum over steel. I believe that because the Aluminum is more malleable than steel, if it is subjected to a severe impact that it will give and thus will absorb more of the energy of the impact than steel would. My Belly Pan has a few scars to prove this. Bent but not broken. Using the same logic used in the construction of our Helmets it seems that a steel Belly Pan would be more likely to transfer more of the impact energy to that which it is supposed to protect than aluminum. Also, if subjected to a tearing force, the aluminum would be more likely to give way, than steel. The possible result being that steel might hang tough, as it were, and thus might well take some of the bodywork with it. Since that is what these Belly Pans are attached to. YMMV of course.
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