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Old 08-17-2012, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default 2012 Impreza skid plate?

anyone?

saw some mention in the ginormous 2012 imp. thread, but didn't seem to go anywhere.

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Old 08-19-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:47 AM   #3
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Do you really need one? Are you going to be rallying with your Impreza?

There already is somewhat of a skidplate beneath our engines. That's the hunk of metal under the engine that we use as a floor jack lifting point for the front end.

Why do you think you need more than that?
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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While searching for curiosity reasons. I'm now more interested in light bars. 1. For addition of more lights. (like the look/functionality). 2. For somewhat protection from people backing into me while parallel parking.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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Light bars that would be wired as daytime running lights?
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #6
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^what? why? I would only use them in intense low light situations. depends on what lights you use but, if i were going through the trouble of installing lights i would install real bright lights. not some weak daytime running lights.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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I didn't mean that the lights you install should be weak. I was asking if you would wire them to light at the same time as the DRLs, or would you wire them differently?
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:28 PM   #8
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I didn't mean that the lights you install should be weak. I was asking if you would wire them to light at the same time as the DRLs, or would you wire them differently?
oh, well depends on what lights you go with, the normal is to use 50-55watts lights, thats like driving with your headlights and since most aux light are meant to scatter, those lights would shine directly into on coming traffic. some people use 100watts lights, thats light driving with your highbeams on. point is, they are meant to be wired of a switch. you wouldn't want someone driving with these lights on if you were the on coming traffic or the guy in front.
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #9
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Do you really need one? Are you going to be rallying with your Impreza?

There already is somewhat of a skidplate beneath our engines. That's the hunk of metal under the engine that we use as a floor jack lifting point for the front end.

Why do you think you need more than that?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66812448@N02/7826258962/

just dirt road stuff. nothing major but the skidplate on my last car proved useful. also driving in deep snow you can't tell what's under there sometimes.

those gorilla bars look ok but i'm not really looking for all that, just the plate. thanks for the help erbody.
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:40 PM   #10
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and adding to the nonexistent skidplate conversation.. primitive seems like the best far as I can tell.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:25 PM   #11
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/66812448@N02/7826258962/

just dirt road stuff. nothing major but the skidplate on my last car proved useful. also driving in deep snow you can't tell what's under there sometimes.

those gorilla bars look ok but i'm not really looking for all that, just the plate. thanks for the help erbody.
Did he have to go up the hill that fast? Whenever I see people off-roading on TV (in their Jeeps/Hummers/Range Rovers/etc.), they almost always take everything very slowly.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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yea, i would have tried to go slowly to not wear out my shocks
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #13
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you really can't go very slow uphill in these cars. it would stall. that hill is pretty steep, and only accounts for a tiny part of a normal dirt road situation. not like i'm just jammin around like a dumbass the whole time! notice the passengers had to get out for the uphill... not exactly the strongest point of the drivetrain, the low end. either way they're little scrappy subarus, not rock crawlers.

i do lots of rock crawling in my toyota. there are low gears, they're great. totally different scenario.

you guys need to loosen up
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:28 PM   #14
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I do agree though, I would be interested in a skid plate. I already hit pretty hard on my friends horribly kept driveway (hill + washes/ruts out with every rain). Add in snow/ice and the skid plate makes sense.

Just watched Kenny's video, the friend's driveway looks similar to that hill, only maybe steeper.....
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:22 PM   #15
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I do agree though, I would be interested in a skid plate. I already hit pretty hard on my friends horribly kept driveway (hill + washes/ruts out with every rain). Add in snow/ice and the skid plate makes sense.

Just watched Kenny's video, the friend's driveway looks similar to that hill, only maybe steeper.....
yeah, I think 1/8" would be great from these folks http://www.get-primitive.com/

seems legit, and for about $200 shipped seems like a great value.

and then there's http://www.gorillaoffroadcompany.com/product-list.cfm but seems like overkill. I already have tube bumpers and sliders on the other car although he is making them for older subies, which are ready to get thrashed anyway.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:36 PM   #16
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Does anyone have a lightbar out for our cars yet? Has anyone made their own yet?
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:12 PM   #17
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yeah, I think 1/8" would be great from these folks http://www.get-primitive.com/

seems legit, and for about $200 shipped seems like a great value.

and then there's http://www.gorillaoffroadcompany.com/product-list.cfm but seems like overkill. I already have tube bumpers and sliders on the other car although he is making them for older subies, which are ready to get thrashed anyway.
I'm about to put the order in for the front and rear skids, and perhaps a lightbar. I'll do a writeup/post pictures once they're installed.
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Does anyone have a lightbar out for our cars yet? Has anyone made their own yet?
holler at the gorilla guy, he's probably working on that right now.

http://www.dirtyimpreza.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=23268
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:26 AM   #19
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The lightbar looks awesome but kind of excessive for city driving.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:49 AM   #20
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Hhmm, I would be very interested in the front skid plate for our cars....
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:09 PM   #21
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Update, just traded emails with Paul of Get-Primitive and they do make a front skidplate for our Impreza 2.0L and the current rear plate offering will fit also. Next paycheck I will order the 1/8" front and 3/16" rear set.
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Update, just traded emails with Paul of Get-Primitive and they do make a front skidplate for our Impreza 2.0L and the current rear plate offering will fit also. Next paycheck I will order the 1/8" front and 3/16" rear set.
Really? Great news! Let us know how it fits. I still need to order my mud flaps, then probably this.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:56 PM   #23
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Update, just traded emails with Paul of Get-Primitive and they do make a front skidplate for our Impreza 2.0L and the current rear plate offering will fit also. Next paycheck I will order the 1/8" front and 3/16" rear set.
why that combo?
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The front is offered in 1/8" or 3/16" thickness, the rear is only in 3/16"...
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:41 PM   #25
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Update, just traded emails with Paul of Get-Primitive and they do make a front skidplate for our Impreza 2.0L and the current rear plate offering will fit also. Next paycheck I will order the 1/8" front and 3/16" rear set.
that's great, can't wait to see this pics. those guys seem pretty awesome from what I can tell.
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