BMW E30 Skid Plate - Sump Armor

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Product Overview

Protect your oil pan with a Red46 Skid Plate

  • CNC Laser Cut
  • Stainless Steel
  • Comes with metric hardware including steering rack bolts and instructions

Skid Plate Fitment:

M10 - Early 318 with M10 engine (pre 1985)
M20 - All E30's with M20 engine (325, 325i, 325e) *NOT iX*
M30 - All M30 Swapped E30's
M42 - Late 318 with M42 engine
24V - All 24V Swapped E30's (M5x and S5x) using E34 oil pan
You have invested hundreds if not thousands of dollars into the suspension of your BMW. But without a skid plate your oil pan now sits dangerously close to the ground.
A skid plate gives you the piece of mind to drive around at the lowest of ride heights. Not to mention preventing hundreds if not thousands of possible engine damage.
Fitment Notes:
  • The E30 has two sets of mounting holes for the steering rack. You must have yours mounted in the standard position, the holes closest to the crossmember. The holes farthest from the crossmember were only used for cars that were not originally equipped with power steering, the U.S. never got any true manual steering cars. If your car has a steering rack out of a newer car (E36, Z3, E46, etc...) the installer may have used the wrong holes which will shift the skid plate too far forward. This doesn't happen very often and is easily corrected.
  • In most situations there is adequate clearance for most non-stock steering racks (E36, Z3, E46, etc...) but it may be necessary to "clearance" the skid plate to fit around the larger steering rack. Again, this is very uncommon.

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  • 5

    Posted by David Gauthier on Mar 30th 2019

    This is well designed and beautifully made. We recently used it on a rallycross event with deep ruts and a lot of contact. The skid plate is still perfectly straright. High quality product!

  • 5
    Red46 Sump Armor & Solid Motor Mounts Saved My Car

    Posted by Erik Engstrom on Feb 20th 2019

    My son slid off the road and went over a curb that should have torn the oil pan and rack off our e30. It didn't. It bent the nose panel back and up where the plate's front was mounted and protected the engine. With solid engine mounts the car was still running on its side in the ditch.

    Lost the oil cooler, plate itself is already reinstalled on the fixed up car. Worth every penny and mandatory on any e30 considered worth more than $150.

  • 5
    Sump guard

    Posted by Peter on Sep 19th 2018

    The red46 sump guard/skid plate fits well and looks great! Happy with the way it looks and fits.

  • 5
    sump armor rocks!

    Posted by Lester Garcia on Aug 24th 2018

    Great skid plate, awesome build. Took a couple hours to install but finally made it work. Thanks for the peace of mind red46!!!

  • 5
    E30 24v

    Posted by Henry B on May 25th 2018

    Great product! The shipping was super fast and both the skid plate and hardware are top quality. Installation was super easy even with the radiator still in. the e34 oil pan on the s52 sticks out way lower than the old m20 oil pan did, and given I was scraping before the swap, I'm sure this will save me from many a speed bump.

  • 5
    E30 skidplate

    Posted by pyrobooby on Apr 12th 2018

    Very good quality, fit right up, must have for peace of mind, these E34 pans are getting more expensive and harder to find by the day.

  • 5
    E 30 skid plate

    Posted by James Pickel on Mar 26th 2018

    Great fit and quality..looks great on my car!

  • 5
    24v e30 skid plate

    Posted by Briley on Jan 25th 2018

    Very nice quality skid plate, scrape it going down my driveway every time but leaves me with peace of mind that its not my oil pan hitting the ground

  • 5
    Piece of Mind and Quality!

    Posted by Nathan Parks on Jul 5th 2017

    My e30 is only on H&Rs and after shaving a little off my oil pan after going over a speed bump I knew I needed a skid plate! The Red46 sump armor plate is the most sturdy yet beautiful work of art that is on the market. The craftsmanship of this product is top notch. I wouldn't bother with any other companies skid plate for an e30. Also will a cut off wheel you can easily make this plate work with your factory undercarriage cover. I just cut a slot for the sump armor to slide into and it works perfectly! Props to Red46 for making a great product!