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Same thing happened to me when I misjudged an approach. The (primitive) skidplate spacer in the front punched up through the weak front mount (base of the radiator). Used a lot of JB Weld to repair it. Added a piece of aluminum over the spacer to distribute the impact load the next time it happens.
 

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I am a little bit astonished, that the mounting of your skidplate is damaged by such a hit - I have experienced several very similar situations while driving on forest or field roads.
Til yet the mounting of my skidplate isn't damaged.
Only the crappy plastic clips, which fixed the plastic laterals to the skidplate itself had to be replaced by bolts and nuts.
My forester has the 2mm steel skidplate offered by Subaru UK or Subaru Germany.

http://www.subaru.de/fileadmin/downloads/modelle/forester/zubehoer/forester-zubehoer.pdf
 

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Oops, only the plastic "skidplate" for such driving?
That's very courageously - and you experienced the result of such a courage... :icon_biggrin:
And most probably you have learned your lesson as well. :icon_wink: :Banane35:

Seriously spoken:

I made the same experience as you did already while the first drive through my hunting area with my first Subaru, an Impreza,
Even for "light" off-roading the OEM plastic skidplates must be named as sh*t! :yell:

Importing the OEM one is too expensive.
I have asked it already several times: Is there somebody in the USA, who has asked, if Subaru UK or Subaru Germany would ship to the USA and which costs would have to be paid for the shipping and for US custom duties?
 

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A British or German Subaru dealer?
Or did you ask Subaru UK or Subaru Germany?

In general:
It's very astonishing, that the in most of European countries offered steel or aluminium skidplates aren't available anywhere in the USA.
 

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I talked to a US dealer, which is probably why I couldn't get anything.

GMork, how much does the front steel skidplate cost you in euros?
Some time ago I have posted it already in this thread:
http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/f139/oem-skidplates-hello-187537/

Here's my exact wording in that thread:

Here are the prices for my Forester 2010, offered by Subaru Germany:

steel skid plate 132€
installation kit 10€
plastic laterals 22€
all together 164€

aluminium skid plate 220€
installation kit 10€
plastic laterals 22€
all together 252€

steel skid plate for the differential 100€
installation kit 7€
all together 107€

prices for the current Forester, offered by Subaru Germany:

steel skid plate 149€
installation kit 15€
plastic laterals 21€
all together 185€

aluminium skid plate 249€
installation kit 15€
plastic laterals 21€
all together 285€

skid plate for the differential 100€
installation kit 8€
all together 108€

If you look on this website www.unterfahrschutz.eu, where you can order skid plates for a lot of SUV's, you find on the special Forester website SUBARU 577,15€ as the highest price - it's a 5mm aluminium skid plate for a Forester SG.
A skid plate for the current Forester isn't offered there presently.

German word "Unterfahrschutz" = "skid plate" in English
 

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In that thread you also find the important email addesses of Subaru Germany.

Good luck!
 

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I am a little bit astonished, that the mounting of your skidplate is damaged by such a hit - I have experienced several very similar situations while driving on forest or field roads.
Til yet the mounting of my skidplate isn't damaged.
Only the crappy plastic clips, which fixed the plastic laterals to the skidplate itself had to be replaced by bolts and nuts.
My forester has the 2mm steel skidplate offered by Subaru UK or Subaru Germany.

http://www.subaru.de/fileadmin/downloads/modelle/forester/zubehoer/forester-zubehoer.pdf
OUTSTANDING!!! I like that they provide integral metal side splash protection and the additional higher side attachment points!!!!!!!! PRIMITIVE are you listening ... ;)
 

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Two questions.
From your video it appears that you drove straight over what appears to be a fairly large rock.
Why?
And
Why not straddle cross the ditch instead of taking it straight across?

Interesting to see the apparent ease that the Subaru climbed the hill compared with the red ute (pickup).
 

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That's why I haven't totally jumped on the Primitives yet. I like the splash protection.


I tried to keep my side splash guards but it was going to require cutting them and then I don't think there would have been a mounting hole in the guards to even use!
 
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