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Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Wagon
#10912 of 11746 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield
Sep 30, 2005 (8:13 am)
I have a 2004 Outback with a plastic shield that covers part of the front undercarriage and also has a smaller screw-in section with large Phillips-head plastic screws. The whole thing is pretty beat up. Is it worth taking off and trying to epoxy it back into shape? Or, is it okay to just remove the whole thing? I figured that it was there for a purpose, but I can't understand how it got so grungy: I never hit anything that hard.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
#10913 of 11746 Re: 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield [dged]
Sep 30, 2005 (8:24 am)
Rocks and stuff get kicked up.
I've removed mine, on my Forester. No problems here.
You could always get a skid plate, where's paisan? He makes some.
#10914 of 11746 Re: 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield [ateixeira]
Sep 30, 2005 (10:04 am)
Skidplate works well. You'd be surprised what gets kicked up underneath your car. Check out Paisan's place at azpinstalls dot com, and look at Rally armor.
#10915 of 11746 Re: 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield [bat1161]
Sep 30, 2005 (10:46 am)
Apparently, though, the skid plate for the 2004 Outback is still being tested. Has anyone you know tried to repair the plastic one? Any idea how much a new plastic one costs? What is the "official" name for the gizmo, anyway?
#10916 of 11746 Re: 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield [bat1161]
Sep 30, 2005 (11:55 am)
I'll agree that plenty of junk gets kicked up under the car! Between catching it on rocks/brush/ice when working it (on/off road!) and random stuff being kicked up on the roadways, I usually have to replace my oil pan heater every year because the cord gets severed. Amazingly, the current one on there was installed in July 2003.... it has made it 2 years!
I gave up on all the plasic do-dads years ago, but I'm too cheap/lazy to buy a skidplate.
#10917 of 11746 Re: 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield [bat1161]
Sep 30, 2005 (1:40 pm)
Thanks for the link, Mark, I always forget that URL. Some friend of his I am.
#10918 of 11746 Re: 2004 Subaru Plastic Undercarriage Shield [ateixeira]
Oct 03, 2005 (9:19 am)
No prob. I always double check it myself .
Oct 03, 2005 (10:52 am)
What is the difference (other than about 1K) between the regular legacy 2.5i automatic and t he Putback 2.5i automatic...is it just the two tone paint?
Oct 03, 2005 (12:13 pm)
The base Outback has the All weather pack, so heated seats, mirrors, wiper de-icer are standard.
It sits a couple of inches higher, and has a long-travel suspension. The seating point is about 5" higher up, I've actually measured.
Some Outbacks are monotone, so that actually does not change. Outbacks have taller profile tires for a little more sidewall, and a softer ride.
There are other details changes, but I think overall the character is different. Outback is a legit alternative to a car-based SUV, while Legacy is just a solid family sedan with AWD.
Oct 03, 2005 (1:43 pm)
for a grand more you sit higher, get a more rugged look and get the heated seats, wipes and mirrors. (and I can drive thru the field on little league nights a bit faster!) Is it true those 17" tires on the cars are $200 each to replace?