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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-12-2018, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Subaru Under Guards - questions?

First time Subaru owner, 2019 Forester Sport, and new to the Forum.

Any idea how thick the Subaru Under Guards are?
Are they made from 1mm tin can material or do they have some rigidity?
Is the Aluminium guard thicker than the steel unit?
Not going rock crawling, just looking for some additional protection stronger than plastic.

Engine Under Guard
E515SSJ000 (steel)
E515SSJ010 (aluminium)

Differential Under Guard - Rear
E515Elf201

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I wouldn't bother with the diff guard - it's the strongest part of the vehicle ;-) I've never had a diff guard and have done some pretty hard rock crawling.


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We replaced the front plastic skid plate with an aluminum one the first week we had ours. Sorry, don't now the thickness but I can tell you it's a much nicer piece than the factory plastic one. I feel better knowing it's there in the event we run over some kind of road debris.
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That looks really nice. My plastic one has a huge crack in it and mine never leaves the pavement.

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I contacted Subaru customers service and here is the information they responded with.
A++ for Subaru customer service to actually come up with this information and respond back.

I am writing in response to your questions regarding the 2019 Forester accessories.
The thickness varies among the different components in the kit, and thickness changes during the stamping process. The thickness I’m providing below is the pre-forming thickness of the main plate of the under guards.

Engine Under Guard
E515SSJ000 (steel) – 2mm
E515SSJ010 (aluminum) – 3mm

Differential Under Guard - Rear
E515EFL201 – 2mm (steel)
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that is really nice. thinking of getting one on mine
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We replaced the front plastic skid plate with an aluminum one the first week we had ours. Sorry, don't now the thickness but I can tell you it's a much nicer piece than the factory plastic one. I feel better knowing it's there in the event we run over some kind of road debris.
Where did you purchase your aluminum skid plate / what brand is it? I've been looking at LP Adventure for similar add-ons including a bumper guard / big bumper guard or possibly a bull bar.

I mostly want to protect against A-Hole parallel parkers, but I also want the added protection for road debris and light to medium off-roading. Any thoughts?

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It's OEM, got it from the Subaru dealership. It's available in steel or aluminum, we opted for aluminum because it's lighter and looked better. Links for both below.

https://parts.subaru.com/p/Subaru__/...515SSJ000.html

https://parts.subaru.com/p/Subaru__/...515SSJ010.html
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We replaced the front plastic skid plate with an aluminum one the first week we had ours. Sorry, don't now the thickness but I can tell you it's a much nicer piece than the factory plastic one. I feel better knowing it's there in the event we run over some kind of road debris.
Wow - Changing my oil for the first time and wanting to put on a fumoto valve. Well the skid plate access hole to the oil plug does not give the clearance for a open end wrench to tighten it. So I took off the skid plate. Holy smokes - in addition to 4 bolts - a bunch of those junky clips. Now I only hope I can remember where they all go. That got me on this forum looking for alternatives.
Does the aluminum one secure with just bolts or do they also use the numerous plastic clips?
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We replaced the front plastic skid plate with an aluminum one the first week we had ours. Sorry, don't now the thickness but I can tell you it's a much nicer piece than the factory plastic one. I feel better knowing it's there in the event we run over some kind of road debris.
Your road debris comment reminds me of the story about the corvette that was totaled when a piece of road debris cracked the aluminum frame.

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@tennlabs it's secured with bolts, no clips.
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Does the engine guard cover the oil pan or no?
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Your road debris comment reminds me of the story about the corvette that was totaled when a piece of road debris cracked the aluminum frame.
My son’s new 2018 Impreza five door was totaled hitting a battery box lid from a big rig, (he had no where to go). No bumper/body damage at all, but it tumbled as it hit the steering rack, oil pan, CVT, exhaust and rear axles. $16,000 worth.

I ordered protection the next day...
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Still trying to figure out if the engine guard will extend back far enough to cover oil pan. Can anyone confirm?
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Still trying to figure out if the engine guard will extend back far enough to cover oil pan. Can anyone confirm?
This is for an LPAventure guard. According to them it does protect the oil pan and then some.

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