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Old 12-11-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
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So I was driving in this parking lot riddled with ginormous potholes and Bottomed out pretty hard looks to be bent upward pretty bad. My question is what is it protecting? Oil pan only or other vital stuff? Gonna go home and pull it off when I get a chance.

**** potholes.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:31 PM   #2
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The metal part? I think just your headers. Which are covering the oil pan, I believe.

But I would definitely still inspect everything.
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:40 PM   #3
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metal for a reason, helps protect complete exhaust manifold, turbo, part of intake, boost control stuff and a whole lot of hoses. Unfortunately it's the lowest part of the car and I have scraped it plenty of times.

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Old 12-11-2017, 02:43 PM   #4
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sorry double posted
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Old 12-11-2017, 02:46 PM   #5
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Headers seem ok as far as I can tell right now. Doesn’t seem to be any fluid leaking which is good. What’s the worst that can happen if the plate mounting points are tweaked? No subframe damage is likely right?
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:22 PM   #6
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Your skidplate performed the function it was intended for. If nothing underneath is damaged, bend it back into shape and reinstall it or just replace it all together.
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Old 12-11-2017, 03:34 PM   #7
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are you talking about a metal skidplate or the plastic airfoil under the car?
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:12 PM   #8
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are you talking about a metal skidplate or the plastic airfoil under the car?
Metal
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:16 PM   #9
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Your skidplate performed the function it was intended for. If nothing underneath is damaged, bend it back into shape and reinstall it or just replace it all together.
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Yeah figured as much. Guess I needed to hear it from someone else. Noise scared the crap outta me. Cherry on top was that the freaking potholes were obscured by water/slush so no way I could've known/avoided them.
Been spreading the word here at the site so it doesn't happen to other ppl. There really should be a damn sign.
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:50 PM   #10
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...the freaking potholes were obscured by water/slush so no way I could've known/avoided them.
It could've been worse.

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Old 12-11-2017, 05:19 PM   #11
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Do the newer WRXs have an OEM skidplate? I remember my 2006 STI didn't have one, just a plastic undertray.
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Do the newer WRXs have an OEM skidplate? I remember my 2006 STI didn't have one, just a plastic undertray.
There is a plastic undertray, but then there's also a smaller, metal skidplate behind that covering the headers and some other stuff I'm sure.

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^yeah I'm confused.
Mine is a 16 and just has a plastic air foil.
I smashed it to smitherines on a hard chunk of snow last year. Totally useless for protection, just aerodynamics.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:25 PM   #14
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I think it's WRX only. Headers and turbo location are different, obviously.

Note "DIT Forged" embedded on there.
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Old 12-11-2017, 05:32 PM   #15
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Is the snail functioning ok? That skid plate is forged aluminum, I'm sure you're fine. Mine's all banged up too. It's protecting the turbo FYI.
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Old 12-11-2017, 07:32 PM   #16
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^yeah I'm confused.
Mine is a 16 and just has a plastic air foil.
I smashed it to smitherines on a hard chunk of snow last year. Totally useless for protection, just aerodynamics.
That's the main reason I got a real skid plate.

Was changing my oil this afternoon & laughing at all the dents & deep scrapes & bent metal under there.
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Old 12-13-2017, 09:06 PM   #17
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I got the Primitive Racing Skid Plate 3/16" it had saved the oil pan MANY times since it's lowered.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:18 AM   #18
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Anyone got a link to one of these?
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:09 AM   #19
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Anyone got a link to one of these?
https://www.gorillaoffroadcompany.com

His is who made mine. He makes them in batches, so if you order one, it might be a while before it's actually produced.

I think he's switched shop locations & also fabricator/welders so there's been some back up lately. Good guy though & quality stuff.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:19 AM   #20
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Anyone got a link to one of these?
Here's a link to a troll. Click. What's with all your BS posts messing up the forum?
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