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Any Benefit To Replacing Floor Pans In Pairs?


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Probably a stupid question, but just wanted to check before ordering one or more pans from W&N.


My passenger's side front floorpan is toast and needs replacing. The rust looks like it started under the large plug and spread from there. My driver's side one seems fine except for a bit of rust around the pedal hinge.


The only real benefits I could think of to replacing both instead of only the passenger's side would be 1) access to the inside of the drivers frame rail to treat/protect rust, and 2) the aftermarket pan doesn't have a hole for the large circular plug. I'd be getting these welded up anyway.


The labor and parts costs aren't as much of a concern as what's best for the car. Not concerned with originality.


Am I nuts for even considering this?



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Yeah.  That's nuts! Replace what's rusty, leave what's not. 

You can spray preservative all the way down the frame rail from the front,

so there's not even any reason to open that up.


Now, the driver's side frame rail's the one that will rust, due to brake fluid, so it's worth checking

IT very carefully before work commences- you may end up replacing one floor

pan and one rail!


The factory didn't bother sealing those plugs much at all- if you seal them

properly (welding's good, but not required) then they aren't a problem.


I'd spend the time and effort (or $$$) you save on NOT changing the driver's pan

on rust detection and remediation for the rest of the car.


My '02,



"I learn best through painful, expensive experience, so I feel like I've gotten my money's worth." MattL

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