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I know somebody posted on the tires discussion the desire to put skid plates on their Ascent, so I thought I’d start a separate link covering the topic. I have had Primitive Racing’s skid plate sets on both of my Outbacks and they have served me well. I don’t Baja with it or rock climb, I just wanted it on to protect the vital components while driving on forest trails and logging roads in Michigan and Pennsylvania where I grouse hunt each fall. I contacted Paul Eklund who owns Primitive inquiring into whether he would be making a skid plate set for the new Ascent. Paul replied that he would, but the timing depended on when he could get ahold of one to do measurements and design on. I agree that the more people that express an interest in ordering the skid plates will expedite their design and availability. If you guys have any inquiries send them to Paul at [email protected]
 

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I’m hoping he still offers the “Triple Armor” setup which is a good deal, protects your oil pan, CVT and rear differential. I don’t know what kind of deal LP Adventure would offer, but their basic skid plate is more expensive than Primitive’s. You can get a complete set for an Outback from Primitive with the triple armor discount for around $411 plus shipping. From what I saw on LP Adventure’s website, their front skid plate alone is $475. I don’t know what the difference would be, they’re both 3/16” in thickness. I’m hoping the same setup from Primitive to fit an Ascent is also moderately priced ($500 or less).
 

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I'll hit him up for sure. I'm already pestering LP Aventure too.
Me too... they're anxiously awaiting the ability to get their hands on an Ascent so they can start design work.
 

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Seems like LP Aventure is the only one working on skid plates for the Ascent because I can't find anything else unless we can somehow shoehorn a set meant for the Outback onto the Ascent.
 

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Seems like LP Aventure is the only one working on skid plates for the Ascent because I can't find anything else unless we can somehow shoehorn a set meant for the Outback onto the Ascent.

Pretty sure the dimensions are all wrong. :crying:

Primitive says "Yes absolutely", they are making full skid plates, btw...

https://www.facebook.com/PrimitiveRacing/posts/1685577134856630?comment_id=1685578021523208&notif_id=1520358089930472&notif_t=feed_comment&ref=notif
 

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Just an update for anyone interested in getting Primitive skid plates for their Ascent, Paul has finally had an Ascent in his shop for measurements. No given date yet for when they’ll be available but soon I was told.
I soooooo can't wait! My Ascent will be spending much time off road and on the beach, just like my Outback did.
 

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Update on skidplate availability

Howdy all - I reached out to Paul again this afternoon re: the skidplate for our '19 Ascents. The front plate is finished and in testing, and will likely be available for order within the next two weeks. They're still in the design phase for the transmission and rear diff plates, but they ARE in development.
 

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I was just thinking about skid plates today for the Ascent that I will receive in February. I have never used them and wonder other than a lighter wallet and heavier vehicle is there any downside? Any suggestions for a supplier in Denver?
 

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I wonder if a Subaru shop will install these.
 

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I wonder if a Subaru shop will install these.
A number of them are actually offering Ascent builds with them pre-installed (eg: build your stock Ascent, pick your adventure options, and the dealer will order your stock Ascent with OEM accessories, then install LP or Anderson aftermarket "adventure" add-ons).
 

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I wonder if a Subaru shop will install these.
After taking off and reinstalling my bumper a few times the skid plate definitely can be done DIY. Not too many bolts under there just tons of clips.

Definitely prefer LP adventure skid to Primitive skid plate that leaves a large hole in the front. The primitive doesn’t require a front bumper though.
 

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The Primitive version is less costly as it doesn't require the expensive front bumper guard. I wonder how effective that bumper guard really is?
 

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The Primitive version is less costly as it doesn't require the expensive front bumper guard. I wonder how effective that bumper guard really is?
From the looks of it, dom tube, and uses the oem tow attachment points, It would definitely hold up to some damage.

I like it more than primitives open front design.

Attached the passenger side front tow point picture. I’m betting you take those points off and sandwich the bumper guard mounts in there.
 
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