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the black plastic skid plate or underbelly cover (about 2'x3') on the passenger side was dragging, it must have caught on some frozen snow i drove over and pulled partly off. can anyone suggest a source for this part? i've emailed my dealer, it will probably cost a fortune. do we have an InsightCentral preferred parts dealer?

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hi skinny - I don't think there's a preferred dealer, but there are several that keep coming up here at IC as having the best prices. Unfortunately, the board has gotten so big that it's very difficult to search through the posts. I just googled "on line honda parts" and got more than three million hits.

If you perform that google search, you will be able to compare prices from the online dealers yourself. Here are some you can try: http://www.handa-accessories.com/insight.html http://www.manhonda.com/ http://www.slhondaparts.com/ https://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/au ... isplay.jsp Here's a used parts link - but if you buy used, make sure the panel isn't damaged: http://www.uneedapart.com/
 

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That same thing happened to me...

I just jacked up the car, pulled out all of the ice that I could get out of there, and blocked up the piece with some scrap wood blocks. After that, I drilled a small hole into the frame, and put a fat washer with a coated sheetmetal screw. It's held just fine.

Just some food for thought, I'm sure that silly part isn't cheap...and if it is cheap, shipping on an oddball shaped item like that would probably make you cry.
 

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Happened to me as well on both sides. My original plan was to make aluminium replacement panels that extended up the firewall (thus eliminating the lip that catches) but I have not bothered yet. The replacements are about $80 Canadian per side from the dealer, so I'm not sure it's worth my time to make a panel from scratch. I'll likely just modify a new replacement.
 

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my version of the 'fat washer' mod

it's funny, i didn't include my temporary fix in my post- the top of a payless shoebox used as a 'fat washer' (around the bolt that goes up into the passenger floor)!

it was all i had with me to keep the darn thing from dragging... i should post a photo! (i think i lost about 1 mpg from the shoebox, but the dragging panel probably would have cost me 50% or more from friction and air resistance...)

eric
 
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