Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday July 26, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Subaru Models > Legacy Forum

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-12-2008, 04:36 PM   #1
evan55
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 161229
Join Date: Oct 2007
Chapter/Region: W. Canada
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Vehicle:
2001 Legacy GT Sedan

Default Do I need the plastic piece under the engine?

I just had my Borla replica headers installed at an exhaust shop. They guy took off the plastic tray under the front bumper/bottom of engine that partially covers the headers, kinda looks like a skid-plate. He said that the headers would melt it.

Does it matter if I leave it off? it snows a lot here, so I don't know if I need it or not.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
evan55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 04:41 PM   #2
Huffer
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 36735
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Wellington,NZ / Willoughby,OH
Vehicle:
99 GF8 Impreza 2.0
2= 1998 BD + BK Legacy GT

Default

You could cut it so that it clears...it will melt if you don't.

Or you could leave it off. Prior years don't even have anything.
Huffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 04:58 PM   #3
SLI99
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 134819
Join Date: Dec 2006
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Torrington CT
Vehicle:
2005 Ford F150 FX4
.........................

Default

i have ZERO shields under my car..
SLI99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 05:15 PM   #4
SedonaScooby
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 143522
Join Date: Mar 2007
Chapter/Region: SWIC
Location: Peoria,Arizona (aka hell)
Vehicle:
1987 Brat GL 4 Speed
98 Forester L (RIP)

Default

I kept mine when I put on my HKS header, if there is clearance then do it....but if he left it off because the header is that big then dont bother. He was probably too lazy to put it on and just said it'd melt. I dont see why there would be a clearance issue. They are nice to have to keep the bottom side of ur engine cleaner.
SedonaScooby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 07:05 PM   #5
DLC
out back
Moderator
 
Member#: 1964
Join Date: Jul 2000
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: 84XXX
Vehicle:
01 BH
Blue/Bronze

Default

I've not had problems with mine on either my Borlas or TWE.
DLC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 10:28 PM   #6
Wiscon_Mark
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 94945
Join Date: Aug 2005
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Stevens Point, WI
Vehicle:
1995 Legacy OB 5MT
2003 Forester X 5MT

Default

You don't really need it, but if you're worried, buy a skidplate and some bolts & spacers for it That'll get the job done more effectively
Wiscon_Mark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
Kawikid20o2
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 86291
Join Date: May 2005
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: New Fairfield, CT
Vehicle:
'97 LegaSTi-2.5XTR
'96 BrightonCoupeWRX-SR30

Default

damn newfangled legacys...


Your car will overheat and catch fire without the shield...better put it back.

Last edited by Kawikid20o2; 05-13-2008 at 01:36 AM. Reason: add smiley to aid attempted sarcasm
Kawikid20o2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 12:59 AM   #8
gtwagon941
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 16874
Join Date: Mar 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Beaverton, OR
Vehicle:
2008 2008 Audi RS 4
2014 Audi S Q5

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kawikid20o2 View Post
damn newfangled legacys...


Your car will overheat and catch fire without the shield...better put it back.
I hope you were joking, but if you were, you probably should have dropped a smiley as some people would believe you.

The plastic "skid plate" will keep your engine bay cleaner, but is by NO means an essential piece.

Actually, half of the one on my girlfriend's 2001 LGT is gone after the deep frozen slush this winter.

Car is just fine...

JS
gtwagon941 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 01:35 AM   #9
Kawikid20o2
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 86291
Join Date: May 2005
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: New Fairfield, CT
Vehicle:
'97 LegaSTi-2.5XTR
'96 BrightonCoupeWRX-SR30

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gtwagon941 View Post
I hope you were joking, but if you were, you probably should have dropped a smiley as some people would believe you.

The plastic "skid plate" will keep your engine bay cleaner, but is by NO means an essential piece.

Actually, half of the one on my girlfriend's 2001 LGT is gone after the deep frozen slush this winter.

Car is just fine...

JS
Totally joking, just commenting on the addition of the bigger cover on post 1999 leggys.

Ill throw a smiley in my first post for good measure though.
Kawikid20o2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 09:23 AM   #10
growling_boxer
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 165744
Join Date: Dec 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Eastern PA
Vehicle:
2000 LGT
2007 STi

Default

the reason behind the plastic shield (as i understand it) is to keep the heat from your engine from igniting leaves/paper/etc under your car. so if you take your car camping or park it on a street with lots of leaves, you probably want to replace it with something.

there are all kinds of skid plates and aero plates that can be put under there, and it will also keep some of the road salt off of your headers, which accelerates oxidation. although, i ran my legacy for a couple of years without anything and never had an issue.

personally, i would look into one of the aero plates if you don't off-road your car, or a skid plate if you do. i have a skid plate on my legacy and i am starting to look into an aero plate for my STi (which still has the plastic currently).
growling_boxer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-13-2008, 11:33 AM   #11
janikphoto
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 10471
Join Date: Sep 2001
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Dallas, TX
Vehicle:
2000 BMW Z3
sold Outback & ForesterXT

Default

I busted mine on a tree stump six years ago. My engine bay gets a bit dusty and dirty, but I haven't had any problems with it removed...
janikphoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Plastic piece under the front captaind Private 'Wanted' Classifieds 2 12-16-2007 04:26 PM
WTB: Plastic cover under the engine - '05 STi WRX74 TXIC Private Classifieds 3 03-16-2007 07:10 PM
What to use to cut the plastic piece on the bumper? g0tb00st Interior & Exterior Modification 10 02-05-2005 01:26 AM
Where's that thread about the plastic piece in the fender popping off? whtlegacy Interior & Exterior Modification 5 09-17-2004 08:51 PM
what is this plastic piece under the hood called? M3toWRXin3seconds Newbies & FAQs 4 05-12-2003 08:45 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.