Subaru Forester Owners Forum banner
1 - 20 of 102 Posts

·
Registered
2014 2.0 XT PREMIUM CVT
Joined
·
106 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
This is where I'll be posting my offroad adventures with my 2014 Forester XT.
Enjoy!

FXT's point of view








Good thing stock FXT comes with a skid plate. Hit a sharp rock descending at 20 mph. Got a good dent on it.



*Added photos 12-23-13








 

·
Premium Member
2014 Forester XT Touring CVT
Joined
·
12,780 Posts
Good thing stock FXT comes with a skid plate. Hit a sharp rock descending at 20 mph. Got a good dent on it.
You should probably upgrade your skidplate if you are doing much off-roading.

I would hate you see you rip the turbo off when you hit a boulder. :icon_sad:
 

·
Registered
2014 2.0 XT PREMIUM CVT
Joined
·
106 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
You should probably upgrade your skidplate if you are doing much off-roading.

I would hate you see you rip the turbo off when you hit a boulder. :icon_sad:
Seriously, that would suck. I should probably upgrade a lot of things. I'm thinking tires first? These stock tires have been pretty good so far but it makes me feel uneasy when I'm going through a rocky patch. I feel like the sidewalls will rip open.
 

·
Premium Member
2014 Forester XT Touring CVT
Joined
·
12,780 Posts
Upgrading the tires would be a good investment as well.

Just keep in mind that skidplate is not heavy duty and your turbo is undermounted in that area.

A full size spare tire whenever you do upgrade would be a good idea too.
 

·
Premium Member
2013 Battle Wagon The Lazy One
Joined
·
1,358 Posts
Oh nice. I haven't had the monwy tk uograde from my 3100 and 35mm prime. I need skmething for better vehicle pics. I lile the 600 a lot but mihht go with old faithful and get the d90

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
 

·
Registered
2010 Forester Active 2.0X MT 2x5 - MT with Dual Range reduction
Joined
·
1,236 Posts
The picture with the dent in your OEM skidplate proves, that it isn't an impact-proof skidplate like all other Subaru OEM skidplates in the past.

With a "REAL" skidplate of 2mm steel or 5mm aluminium you only would see a scratch on it but no dent.
 

·
Premium Member
2014 Forester XT Touring CVT
Joined
·
12,780 Posts
The picture with the dent in your OEM skidplate proves, that it isn't an impact-proof skidplate like all other Subaru OEM skidplates in the past.

With a "REAL" skidplate of 2mm steel or 5mm aluminium you only would see a scratch on it but no dent.
Part of why it dented so easily could be that it was in the vented spot of the skid plate.

I would assume having vents like that would reduce the strength in that area.
 

·
Registered
2014 Forester XT CVT
Joined
·
80 Posts
Part of why it dented so easily could be that it was in the vented spot of the skid plate.

I would assume having vents like that would reduce the strength in that area.
The vents must be there for a reason, an aftermarket part wouldn't have them, that could be a problem.
 

·
Registered
2010 Forester Active 2.0X MT 2x5 - MT with Dual Range reduction
Joined
·
1,236 Posts
Part of why it dented so easily could be that it was in the vented spot of the skid plate.

I would assume having vents like that would reduce the strength in that area.
Most probably your are right.

The for the Forester SJ in Germany by Subaru offered "real" skidplates are vented as well, but not at the spot - they fit for NA and XT Foresters.
They haven't a plastic part at the end like the OEM one and
they are much stronger than the OEM one - own experiences.
Look here on page 7: http://www.subaru.de/fileadmin/downloads/modelle/forester/zubehoer/forester-zubehoer.pdf

Sorry, of course this website is in German, but on the corresponding English Subaru UK website the skidplates aren't shown by pictures.
Motorunterfahrschutz Stahl Benziner & Diesel = skidplate steel gas & diesel
Motorunterfahrschutz Aluminium Benziner & Diesel = skidplate aluminium gas & diesel
 

·
Registered
2010 Forester Active 2.0X MT 2x5 - MT with Dual Range reduction
Joined
·
1,236 Posts
Back to the main theme:

Excellent and impressing pictures!
 

·
Registered
2014 2.0 XT PREMIUM CVT
Joined
·
106 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
Oh nice. I haven't had the monwy tk uograde from my 3100 and 35mm prime. I need skmething for better vehicle pics. I lile the 600 a lot but mihht go with old faithful and get the d90

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
Nice! I also have the d90. I was thinking of selling it when I got my d700, but loved it too much. Highly recommended and can't beat the price.
 

·
Registered
2014 2.0 XT PREMIUM CVT
Joined
·
106 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
The picture with the dent in your OEM skidplate proves, that it isn't an impact-proof skidplate like all other Subaru OEM skidplates in the past.

With a "REAL" skidplate of 2mm steel or 5mm aluminium you only would see a scratch on it but no dent.
Oh wow, didn't know real skidplates were that strong. Anyone here know which companies carry 2014 Forester XT skidplates? I know Primitive sell the non turbo ones for the 2014...
 

·
Registered
2014 forester XT touring CVT
Joined
·
1,660 Posts
how good is the car off-road? from stuff i have seen and read it looks like the car does well, but im sure its limited by the stock all season tires
 

·
Premium Member
2018 Forester XT Touring CVT
Joined
·
1,008 Posts
Oh wow, didn't know real skidplates were that strong. Anyone here know which companies carry 2014 Forester XT skidplates? I know Primitive sell the non turbo ones for the 2014...
Very nice pictures man! Looks like you are going on similar type of terrain that I've done with mine and i also have dented my skidplate simililary haha. It is pretty weak especially by the vents, which at least means you can pull it back out and make it look close to normal. Primitive told me they are working on a stronger than factory plate for the turbo 14's. Not sure when they will be done though...

You probably already know this, but if you are going to be doing offroading pretty regularly you might want to look into upgrading to some beefier, and maybe slightly bigger dedicated All Terrain tire that will perform much better than the stock tires in sketchy situations. They'll also soften up the ride a bit, which is nice on the rougher terrain. I ended up putting the stock tires on some aftermarket wheels, which I use most of the time, and I put some dedicated All terrain/snow tires on the stock wheels that I will just swap on anytime I'm planning on going offroad.
 

·
Registered
2014 2.0 XT PREMIUM CVT
Joined
·
106 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Thank you! Hopefully, the Primitive Turbo skidplate with be decently priced.
Which AT tires did you end up getting? 225/55r18 Yokohama Geolandars?
 

·
Premium Member
2013 Battle Wagon The Lazy One
Joined
·
1,358 Posts
I need to stop looking at this thread. Or maybe I need editing classes cuz your photos make me hate myself haha

Must... buy... new... camera!

Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App
 
1 - 20 of 102 Posts
Top