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
    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!

  • 5
    E30 Skid Plate

    Posted by Jordan on Jun 7th 2017

    We have installed these plates on several race and street vehicles over the past few years. We have taken off 2 "other guy" skid plates and replaced them with the Red46 plate due to damage. We have never seen a damaged engine with a Red46 skid plate! It works! Also very strait forward to install.

  • 5
    Must have for racing

    Posted by Brian E on Feb 21st 2017

    Tough as nails. Saved countless oil pans.

  • 5
    A MUST for slammed rides.

    Posted by Kamol K Chin on Feb 15th 2017

    Save yourself the trouble of going through pans every week and just get it!!!

  • 5
    Quality product

    Posted by Vlad Bukshteyn on Oct 28th 2016

    Install is incredibly simple, just make sure your radiator is nowhere near were you are drilling (speaking from experience) took me about 30 minutes to install on my driveway in no rush. Would reccomend to anyone with a lowered anything!

  • 5
    For all E30s with an M42, this is a must.

    Posted by John on Oct 17th 2016

    Extremely functional and designed with practicality in mind, Red 46 skid plates are possibly the best-value accessory you can find for your old-school Bimmer. This is especially true for those of us who have a late-model E30 318i/318is. I assume the same could be said about any Bimmer with an M4x engine, but the only application I can vouch for from experience is use with an E30.

    Bottom line? If your suspension isn’t in pristine condition, and you don’t intend on replacing/upgrading it ASAP, then you NEED a Red 46 skid plate. It took me an unfortunate encounter with a steel-plate-atop-asphalt that you encounter in & around construction sites to realize this.

    Don’t wait until you bust your oil pan. It’s a crappy situation, and fixing it isn’t cheap. By comparison, the (impeccably-designed and well-built) sump armor you can get from Red 46 is an absolute steal. If you’re perusing this site and thinking, “Hmm… is it *really* worth the money?” wonder no more. The answer is yes. I cannot give a more earnest recommendation.

  • 5
    Piece of mind

    Posted by Peter on Sep 17th 2016

    This product is the best protection and very easy to install. Since my swap I kept looking at how low my oil pan sits, now since install Ii can drive with confidence that my engine is protected. I have scraped several times and product stands up to its name, it is truly sump armor. Thanks Peter oh yeah forgot to say that it shipped super fast

  • 5

    Posted by Matt on Jul 18th 2016

    I love how fast it was shipped. The quality of the product was amazing. The customer service was outstanding