360 Skid Plate Installation

The installation notes below are to be used in conjunction with Hill Engineering Bumper Skid Plates SKD-360-PE

 In this kit you will find:

  • 1 pair of Skid plates
  • 8 x Stainless Steel Countersunk head Bolts
  • 8 x Stainless Steel Washers
  • 8 x Stainless Steel Nylock Nuts
  • 2 x Braces

You will need:

  • 7mm drill (1 1/32”)
  • Cordless drill or similar
  • White marker pen or scriber

We strongly recommend that the fitting of these items be carried out by either someone with a reasonable amount of automotive skills or by a fully competent automobile mechanic. If you are in anyway unsure of these instructions as please seek the advice of a local automobile workshop.

With the car securely raised above the ground remove the front belly pan from underneath the car. You will now be able see the area inside of the bumper where the skid plates are to be mounted (see picture for reference). Although it is possible to fit the skid plates without removal of the front bumper, it may be beneficial to loosen off the bumper mounting bolts to allow the bumper to move forward slightly to aid fitting.

The next step is to position the corresponding skid plate up to the mounting location to get the best location in relation to the curvature the bumper. This may take a little time to get exactly right as the 360’s have no direct mounting point for the skid plate (like the 355). It may be beneficial to use a little sticky-tape on the back of the skid plate to help hold the skid plate in position while marking out the 4 holes.

Once you are happy the position is correct, mark the positions of the 4 holes that need to he drilled. This can be done with either a white marker pen or a scriber. Once this is done you can remove the skid plate and are ready to make the holes in the positions that have been marked out.

Before drilling any holes into the bumper, visually inspect the area where the drill will protrude into the bumper. Make sure there are no wires or any other items that may be damaged by the drill. On the 360, part of the wiring loom is very close to the mounting holes for the skid plates. DO NOT DRILL ANY HOLES UNTIL YOU ARE COMPLETELY SATISFIED THAT ALL CABLES ARE OUT OF HARM'S WAY!

Once all 4 holes have been drilled, position the skid plate up to the bumper and place one of the bolts through the one of the forward 2 holes in the skid plate and through into the bumper. Next fit the brace over the bolt from the inside followed by a washer and finally one of the Nylock nuts. Do not fully tighten at this stage. Repeat this process for the other front fixing. The remaining two holes use the same fixing but without the brace. Once all the fixings have been installed, tighten to a maximum torque of 12 lb-ft.

We have gone to every measure to make the skid plates fit the exact curvature of the mounting location, but on certain occasions due to different moulds being used by the factory there may be a small gap between the skid plate and the bumper.