Introducing the Coolant and Shifter Skid Plate. A fully powder coated steel skid plate to protect your coolant pipes and your shift linkage at their most vulnerable points. We came up with this idea from personal experience in our own Syncros camping and racing in the NORRA 1000 rally.
If you have ever been belly-deep in sand in your Syncro, you probably found it pretty hard to shift. This is because the sand gets all around the rear shift-shaft and thus restricts its movement, sometimes making it impossible to get into gear—and OUT of the sand. VW made a half-hearted attempt at improving the design 1989 with the introduction of a plastic tube around the rear shift shaft. It did not work very well to improve shifting when the vehicle is buried in sand, and does not thing to really protect the sensitive underbelly parts from other dangers, so we came up with this product.
Not only will this skid plate actually keep sand away from the rear shift shaft at its lowest point, it doubles as a skid plate to protect it and the coolant pipes right next to it from rocks and such. This is a Syncro must-have!