Engine Skid Plate for 2015+ Colorado/ZR2
Engine Skid Plate
AEV’s Engine Skid Plate is now available as a direct-fit upgrade for the standard ZR2’s aluminum skid plate. This skid plate is standard equipment on the ZR2 Bison and as with the rest of the ZR2 Bison’s Hot Stamped Boron Steel Skid Plates, it is both lightweight and incredibly strong.
Compatible with both gas and diesel models, AEV’s Engine Skid Plate is the perfect solution for 2015+ Colorado Z71 owners looking to add some front end protection or ZR2 owners looking to upgrade their original equipment aluminum Engine Skid Plate. This can be used as a standalone skid plate and does not require any additional ZR2 Bison components for installation. E-coated for maximum corrosion resistance and is proudly made in the USA.
Hot Stamped Boron Steel (HSBS) is an ultra-high strength, press hardened steel and is most commonly used in automotive applications for passenger impact protection because it is lightweight with an extremely high yield strength (approximately 200,000 ksi vs. mild steel at 25,000 ksi). AEV chose this material for the Colorado ZR2 Bison’s skid plate package not just because of its high strength-to-weight ratio but also for its hardness and resistance to gouging.
- Fits 2015+ Colorado Z71/ZR2
- Compatible with both gasoline and diesel models
- Direct-fit upgrade for the aluminum ZR2 Engine Skid Plate
- Hot Stamped Boron Steel – Very high strength/weight ratio
- E-coated for maximum corrosion resistance
- Made in the USA
- 2015+ Colorado Z71 and ZR2
- Manufacturing Process:
- Manufactured In:
- United States
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- How did working with GM on the ZR2 Bison impact the design of your skid plates?
It was actually a great learning experience for us, especially since skid plates are not something that we have really explored in much depth prior to the ZR2 Bison. Seemingly "minor details", such as the hardware, flag nuts, attachment points, etc. are all details that became very important as to not jeopardize the structural integrity of the frame.
We also had to take into account the dynamic movements of the engine, transmission and exhaust to ensure everything works in harmony and follow best practices in terms of drainage (not only dirt and mud but also for service drains).
- What is Hot Stamped Boron Steel?
Hot Stamped Boron Steel is an ultra-high strength, press hardened steel. Hot Stamped Boron Steel is most commonly used in automotive applications for passenger impact protection because it is lightweight with an extremely high yield strength (approximately 200,000 ksi vs. mild steel at 25,000 ksi). AEV chose this material for the Colorado ZR2 Bison’s skid plate package not just because of its high strength-to-weight ratio but also for its hardness and resistance to gouging.
- Will this skid plate fit my non-Bison Colorado or ZR2?
Yes, the Engine Skid Plate is compatible with all 2015+ Z71 models and is a great direct-fit replacement for ZR2 owners who want to upgrade their OEM aluminum skid plate.
- Did you do any real world testing?
Yes, the ZR2 Bison was developed and tested on some of the most iconic 4wd trails in the United States where under body protection is a requirement if you want to get home under your own power.
- Where are your skid plates manufactured?
All of the ZR2 Bison's skid plates are proudly manufactured in the USA.