2005 TD42Ti ute
Hey mate, not 100% sure on your triton however i will share something i found today on an 80 series, these bits of plate either side of motor on the chassis could easily be called a "guard" of sorts i guess however there is nothing OEM closely positioned behind them for them to be protecting anything, based on the angle/orientation, apparent strength and positioning i can only presume these are aero related - i plan to take some measurements to see if anything changes with a set of these on my GU.Great thread.last year was towing light trailer east of Dalby triton started over heating couldn’t understand why.fairly likely I didn’t replace bottom plates.so I have a questio,does it make a difference if the bottom plate (or plastic/ rubber) go’es all the way to the diff/axel centre.not real practical for a patrol but anyway
remembering that our OEMs will not spend money they do not need to in order to satisfy the criteria they work to, those bits of tin are a lot of money considering the amount of vehicles made and sold over time.
All these little bits and pieces can add up, and as our OEMs work to a criteria to ensure that the same stock vehicle can be dropped in the middle of the snow or the middle of the desert and still do a reasonable job in both, that unfortunately means it wasn't really optimised for either IMO.
I would lean towards re fitting anything that seems to be aero related unless you are modifying the way it all works or other mods have made the OEM aero stuff ineffective.
It may be the little things that get it over the line in terms of not "running hot" when doing work in our generally hotter conditions here in Australia.
as for the bottom plate/air dam - on an IFS vehicle we would want it to be more of a bash plate/under tray type arrangement i would imagine as the diff is not live.
In saying that - I have not yet done any testing on a non live axle 4WD, only live axle and road car.
Since getting into aero stuff i have really started to notice all the different things OEMs are doing.
On that note, Does any one have a Y62 they could look at and verify weather the vents on the side are just a gimmick or if they actually vent the air out the engine bay here?