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Old 06-15-2005, 11:33 AM   #1
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My stock "undercover" or skide plate has broke at where it connects to the front crossmember or whatever you call it. Therefore it is hanging down from the front connections, and needs to be replaced. My friend has a metal skid plate for a WRX.

Will this fit a 2000 legacy sedan?
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:00 PM   #2
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:05 PM   #3
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mine broke off long ago and i've been without one ever since. your car will still work fine without it, but more dust, dirt, and water will get up into the engine bay. You can buy a cool metal skid plate for the legacy from a company online, but it is a couple hundred bucks. Probably much more than your friend was gonna charge for the plate that won't fit your car... Whatever you do, don't buy another subaru one. It will just break again if you drive up onto something. I went over a small tree stump...
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Old 06-15-2005, 12:16 PM   #4
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You should be able to pull one off an Outback. They had metal skid plates. They're VERY stout. Go look in a junkyard.

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Old 06-15-2005, 12:41 PM   #5
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You should be able to pull one off an Outback. They had metal skid plates. They're VERY stout. Go look in a junkyard.

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really? interesting...
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Old 06-15-2005, 01:24 PM   #6
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You should be able to pull one off an Outback. They had metal skid plates. They're VERY stout. Go look in a junkyard.

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yep..time to go to the junkyard!!!

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Old 06-15-2005, 02:05 PM   #7
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Yeah, I got one on mine, as well as the rear diff. protector. Makes me feel safer when I'm going places I shouldn't...

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Old 06-15-2005, 02:28 PM   #8
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hmm i have an outback and i dont recall ever seeing a front skid plate...
what model years? and where do they mount up to?
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:36 PM   #9
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I'll sell you my stock one.
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Old 06-15-2005, 02:36 PM   #10
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Yeah, I got one on mine, as well as the rear diff. protector. Makes me feel safer when I'm going places I shouldn't...

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mmmm...going places you shouldn't.
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Old 06-15-2005, 06:47 PM   #11
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I have the same body style outback as the 2000 gt he's talking about and my outback did NOT come with a metal skid plate either. I'd like to know what you are talking about too. You can get the rear diff protector from subaru (i did and it is easy to install and now I worry less about bumps and stumps), but I have never seen a 2000+ model year outback with a stock front metal skid plate. I would've bought one if I knew about it... There is a company that makes them and also offers a body lift kit, but the name escapes me off the top of my head...
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Old 06-15-2005, 11:19 PM   #12
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My car is a BD. The guy I bought the car from had gotten one off an Outback, which was (I believe) the same era as mine (1997). As far as fitment, I have no idea if the plate from a BD would fit a BE. It's got three holes in the front, through which bolts go, and two in the rear, which you can attach via a nut and bolt through holes in the jacking point (or whatever that little thing is) just rear of the oil pan.

I understood that this was standad on BG Outbacks. However, it could have been an option. I also don't see the part in my BD/BG parts catalog...

It's definately OEM, just based on the construction, fit, and design. I can take pics if you want... But it's pretty burly. Has holes for draining oil and all that good stuff.

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Old 06-17-2005, 03:34 AM   #13
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I understood that this [Subaru skid plate] was standard on BG Outbacks. However, it could have been an option. I also don't see the part in my BD/BG parts catalog...

It's definately OEM, just based on the construction, fit, and design. I can take pics if you want... But it's pretty burly. Has holes for draining oil and all that good stuff.
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Dearest Mr. [fast]Nova

How do you change oil filters with the skidplate installed ?
Does your "jack plate" / engine-frame cross-member come with theaded holes for securing your front skid plate ?

I currently have a (Primative?) aircraft grade alluminium front skid plate (designed for a previous generation Impreza RS) sitting in my basement (not installed) because of "fitment issues", and a general feeling of dread, that the average "Jiffy-Lube" worker wouldnt know what to do if you arrive looking for an oil change.

I would LOVE to see pictures, overall dimensions, and hear about what sort of fasteners you are using. Thanks !
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Old 08-19-2005, 08:02 PM   #14
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Ran across this thread while searching for something else, but I thought I would throw in my $.02 cents. I had a Primitive Racing plate on my 1995 Impreza. The frames pre-threaded holes just behind the bumper lined up with two of the 4 holes on the plate, and it simply screwed right into them. The rear mounting point matched up perfectly with the jack support but the holes weren't pre-threaded...had to get creative.

Anyhow, remember I said there were 4 holes on the front of the plate? Well, I had been using the two holes closest to the middle, but my 2001 Legacy uses the two outside holes. Great I say, halfway there. Well, the rear holes on the Impreza plate did not line up (came up short I believe), so I drilled two new holes after some careful measuring. The jack support on my 2001 Legacy L has pre-threaded holes so all I did was screw it on up. One nice thing is that the plate tucks up under the front bumper lip, and I got to get rid of that nasty plastic thing (3 pieces in all I believe, but my middle section was missing I believe).

I have never heard of ANY Outback ever having a very stout OEM skid plate...I have heard of some being equiped with a metal plate of sorts, but it barely covered anything and was basically determined to be nearly useless.

Take care and good luck,
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Old 08-19-2005, 10:28 PM   #15
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well, I want a front skid plate that is cheap and doesn't weigh a lot... Am I asking for too much?!?
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Old 08-20-2005, 12:58 AM   #16
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well, I want a front skid plate that is cheap and doesn't weigh a lot... Am I asking for too much?!?
My understanding is that the Stock Factory Optional Subrau Front Skid plate is made out of plastic, and is very light weight but only offers basic protection from dust & shallow mud-puddles. Dont expect these to last for an extended period of time. (light weight, cheap, but not especially strong).

A true skid plate, that can take a hit from a large rock and deflect damage away from the oil pan, is generally constructed out of 3/16" thick aircraft grade alluminium and might sell for ~ $250 + shipping. (light weight, reasonably sturdy, but not especially cheap).

A potential compromise might involve cutting/trimming a cardbard template to fit, and then utilizing the services of a local sheet-metal shop to make something (16-gauge galvinized steel ?) to fit the template. When constructing the template take special care to angle the template to clear the exhaust manifold/headers. (cheap, not too heavy, but not stong enough to that can take a serious high-speed off-road hit from a rock or tree stump, although something that wont fall off in 6 months in normal daily driving).
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I bought mine used from someone here on nabisco for $100 shipped 4 years ago. Maybe post an ad in the Wanted section and see what happens. Good luck with the hunt,
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Old 08-20-2005, 06:36 PM   #18
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A potential compromise might involve cutting/trimming a cardbard template to fit.
I don't think a cardboard skidplate will hold up very well...



Sorry, I couldn't help but misquote you. If you just read that one part of your post and stopped, it would've been very funny.

But why the hell would you even bring up the stock plastic guard as an option when I posted earlier about how worthless that thing is?!? I don't think any of us want to waste the time putting another one of those things on our cars. Total waste of time, effort, and money...

Your review/assessment of the aluminum plate is accurate though. I think we all agree on the value of a good skidplate like that. For your info, there's an online company that makes them for our cars and your guess on price was pretty close...

http://www.writerguy.com/primitive/skid.htm

It says it fits most subarus* whatever that means...
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Old 08-21-2005, 02:56 AM   #19
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I mounted a Primitive plate on my 91 Legacy Turbo. Like Kevin mentioned above, I had to drill three holes to line up with threaded holes under the radiator support. The holes I drilled ended up being slightly aft of the original holes, intended I suppose for a GC Impreza. The front edge of the plate tucks nicely behind the lower lip of the bumper.

There is a Subaru jack plate that has threaded holes to secure the back of the skid plate, part number 20510AC000. I had to use a couple large nuts as spacers between the jack plate and the skid plate to prevent the oilpan from contacting the skid plate. This may not be required after the Gp. N tranny and engine mounts go in. We'll see when I mount the plate again for the fall/winter. A plate like this is really overkill for most people, but I got it really cheap along with the Primitive rear differential plate.

Check out a picture of the front plate on this page:

http://homepage.mac.com/ultra.sonic/...otoAlbum4.html
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Old 08-21-2005, 03:52 AM   #20
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Here is another option for those who are not easily satisfied:

(from the Primative site listed above)

10-Layer Carbon-Kevlar Skid Plates
For any Subaru
Bulletproof!
The ultimate in lightness and toughness.
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... $495
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Old 08-21-2005, 06:39 AM   #21
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Again, I have a 3/16" or better metal skid plate that I believe was OEM equipment (possibly an option) on a BG series OB. I will try to take pictures tomorrow. Based on construction, fit, and form, it seems to be OE. There are scrapes and the like to prove how burly it is =D

This fits perfectly on my BD (97 Legacy GT Sedan). I'll unbolt, clean, snap some pics both mounted & unmounted tomorrow. It's not a full plate like Primitive offers (theirs looks much nicer), but still protects the oil pan completely AND allows for access to the drain plug & filter.

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Old 08-24-2006, 01:08 PM   #22
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Anyone with a BE have one installed? Looking for places to buy especially from canada.
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Old 08-25-2006, 01:54 AM   #23
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dug up a blast from the past... a year old thread...

I still want a nice skid plate though.
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SSI or rallitek or ipd... take your pick...
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