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Nomad Sump guard

Post by Trigger » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:02 pm

Just a note to those looking at speccing a Nomad - spec the Sump guard at build time ! I didnt and after just a couple of excursions off road the chassis bars under the engine have lost the odd bit of paint. I accordingly fitted a sump guard and i have to say it is damn fiddly.

You have to drill out the 3 holes at the rear (easy), but then fit the 8 bolts into the holes while holding the guard plate up - and there is no room on some of the bolts to get your hands into !!!! It took me 2 hours of prep and then finger destroying messing about. All fitted now but still - get the factory to do it when there is no engine yet........

Just my 2p worth.

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Re: Nomad Sump guard

Post by Hedge » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:08 pm

Tight git.

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Re: Nomad Sump guard

Post by Trigger » Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:49 pm

Good point well made. Agreed.

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Re: Nomad Sump guard

Post by Lighty » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:20 pm

I have removed my own sump guard several times, and can agree it’s very fiddly.
I have the luxury of a ramp and a hydraulic gearbox stand which is perfect to rest the guard on Whilst you are trying to line everything up.
Just to make it harder, the rear fixings have spacers, which are an added problem.
The leading edge crossbar is vulnerable and mine is chipped a lot.
I spray a liquid wax all over these areas to protect.

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Re: Nomad Sump guard

Post by Karl V » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:50 pm

Glad you did it @Trigger?

It is quite meaty isn't it...

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Re: Nomad Sump guard

Post by Mutley » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:14 pm

Damn. Having reviewed the spec. of my used Nomad, the only think I got the Crewkerne crew to add was the light bar - I knew what I was doing - it was purely an aesthetic deal. I drew the line at the winch which I thought was a lower value aesthetic bang for the buck.

What I overlooked was the sump guard. I recently actually turned around heading for a local BOAT when I remembered the wheel ruts. Surely the unprotected cross-member - or worse radiator - was going to ground out?

Until now I thought the only problem was the almost incredible price - £800 for that bit of bashed sheet metal if I recall correctly?

Is protecting the vulnerable front-end of this rufty-tufty off-roader really such an expensive ball-ache?

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Re: Nomad Sump guard

Post by Karl V » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:40 pm

It's a tough one...

The sump guard does add a whole new level of protection to the engine and... sump.

That said, the up front protection in the form of front bumper / under radiator protection (winch optional extra) does help guage whether going in to a rut will make you cry or not.

Assuming you're moving forward, the options are: front recovery and winch bar; front suspension box and tub guard; coolant pipe guard; sump guard.

I would say the sump guard protects the bits that are more likely to get you home; but the front winch bar with under radiator protection (winch optional extra) is the most likely to allow you to 'dip you toe in' and listen for crunching noises. If the nose makes it, you have a good chance of the whole car making it.

Unless you're green laning at 60 mph, in which case there'll be no dipping of toes and you're committed.

So in summary, the sump guard does an important job in protecting vital parts, but I think the front recovery bar and under radiator protection is a must to not only protect the radiator when gingerly going off road, but also stops Toyota Prius drivers from caving in your front end at the pub car park.

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