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I broke down and got one. it looks really nice.
Looking back I should have bought it last and put brakes/suspension first.
My thoughts are if you are heavy into off-roading/rally then go ahead and get it, but other wise put it at the back of your list.
I think I can post a picture if you want me too.
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I dont know too many offroad guys who use them - the diff is not too exposed.
A metal sumpguard is a far better investment in protection - I know plenty who have scratched, dented or broken their sump guard yet never touched the rear diff on the ground.
 

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I suspected that it was more of an gadget :) but it looks cool!
Sump guard is really what I need. Is the original from Subaru any good? I guess that importing from Australia to Sweden is not an option and I don't know any other brands. Don't have the drawing either to order one in a small mechanical workshop.

Got my Forester hanging on the belly in mud twice already. Asked "the crew" to get out and drove out backwards in the tracks without problems. The "splash guard" supplied originally i snot worth much.
 

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The plastic ones wont offer any decent protection. They are actually more of a liability in sand, where they can tear off.

I know a few people who have made their own. If thats not you, then you could still get one custom made for a reasonable price.
And yes they are great - mine has quite a few scrapes on it, but we have very rocky conditions around here.
 

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When you guys make your own guards, do you put louvers or any way for air to flow? I remember reading on a post that Silke wrote that her temperature went up with the guard on. I just don't remember if it was engine or transmission temp...or both.

I don't off road but one good hit of freeway debris, like a tire tread, and that plastic shield is gone.

How do you keep things cool?

Thanks.
 

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When you guys make your own guards, do you put louvers or any way for air to flow? I remember reading on a post that Silke wrote that her temperature went up with the guard on. I just don't remember if it was engine or transmission temp...or both.

I don't off road but one good hit of freeway debris, like a tire tread, and that plastic shield is gone.

How do you keep things cool?

Thanks.
It was both the oil & trans temps that went up. Not a dramatical increase in and of itself, but enough to contribute to heatsoak in very high ambient temps and under high load. Intergrating some louvers into a skidplate might be a good idea.
 

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I'd get the Primitive one if I were you. Being me, I did get one, and it's every bit as tough without the tough price tag.
 

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I agree with Roo. If you buy the Prodrive one you are really buying the name not to say that its not a good product, but the primitive one is only selling the product, not the name.
 
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