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I thought I would give this thread a bump with some up to date info.

Again, LP Aventure offers skid plates. In order to use their skid plates, you need their bumper guard. The bumper guard comes with the piece in the front which is angled. LP also has the CVT cover as well, which needs the LP skid guard, which again, needs the bumper guard. LP does not seem to offer a rear diff cover at this time. So to go LPs route:

$755 bumper guard
$396 front skid plate
$285 CVT skid plate
$1436 total

Primitive recently released a new front skid plate. It includes an option for the angled front piece similar to that LP offers on their bumper guard. Here is the link. Primitive also has the CVT and a rear diff cover. So to go over Primitive's offering:

$349 Front skid plate
$89 Front Lip option
$175 CVT plate
$110 rear diff plate
$723 total before discount
~$615 after discount

I was thinking of making a drive down to Primitive to pick up a set for the Ascent and my Impreza to save on shipping. Also was willing to stop by Nameless to pick up the axle back (provided someone shares in cabin video) along the way.
 

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Nice bump.


I've been eyeballing Primitive Skidplates for the Ascent and the WRX as well.



Curious to see more pics of how the front lip option looks on the Ascent.
 

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Are there any downsides to having a skid plate? Does it get in the way of changing the oil? Does it add considerable weight to the car? Would this affect your gas mileage at all? We also drive gravel roads a lot, but I thought I'd ask...
 

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Are there any downsides to having a skid plate? Does it get in the way of changing the oil? Does it add considerable weight to the car? Would this affect your gas mileage at all? We also drive gravel roads a lot, but I thought I'd ask...
In my experience, these skid plates are light enough that they don't have any appreciable effect on mpg, and if they did, it'd possibly be offset by the reduced drag they afford you on the undercarriage (still negligible difference IMO). As far as changing oil goes, it's SUPER easy with this setup, as there is an oil change "port" built in that allows you to simply drop a few bolts with a hex key to access the oil drain plug. You can also use a fumoto valve to make the process even easier. Having used these on country roads and off-roading in the desert, I can say with certainty that they're a great option for your Ascent. Additionally, Primitive is incredibly responsive when it comes to questions and addressing any concerns you may have prior to, during, and after your purchase. 10/10 highly recommend.
 

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Skids can also be helpful for folks who frequently drive through deeper snow as it will help reduce packing of the white stuff in various places under the vehicle. If we actually got more snow here, that would be an impetus for me to get skids for my Ascent, but (fortunately) we just don't get much snow here anymore in SE PA.
 
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Skids can also be helpful for folks who frequently drive through deeper snow as it will help reduce packing of the white stuff in various places under the vehicle. If we actually got more snow here, that would be an impetus for me to get skids for my Ascent, but (fortunately) we just don't get much snow here anymore in SE PA.

More circumstantial evidence of climate change IMO. I lived for a good bit of my pre-teen childhood in a small town not far from Johnstown, kinda in between J-town and Ligonier, and I remember the snow being much heavier (and more fun :D ). I used to sled ride for hours a day as a kid, our back yard was one of the best in town for it and kids would come from all over our side of town to enjoy it.
 

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I agree SM...I grew up in NE PA (Wayne County) and had real winter. But I've been in SE PA since I graduated from Penn State in 1979. (And we had real winter in Happy Valley, too, as you likely know having lived not far from there) Several decades ago we could count on several "good" storms per year here in SE PA...and then it was maybe one, often in early March for whatever weather flow reason. Now? Even that is less likely.

But back to the original purpose of this thread, skid plates are a worthy consideration for many "normal" weather situations, not just for off-road, because they can keep "whatever" from getting up into places that we don't really want it. And as someone already mentioned, they may even help with air flow at highway speeds, but I don't know if that's been actually tested.
 
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On a lighter note, also they're a good replacement for those who cant justify spending + $80, not including shipping, to replace their old ripped up/beat up factory under tray. ;)
 

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But back to the original purpose of this thread, skid plates are a worthy consideration for many "normal" weather situations, not just for off-road, because they can keep "whatever" from getting up into places that we don't really want it. And as someone already mentioned, they may even help with air flow at highway speeds, but I don't know if that's been actually tested.

I know I'm going to end up getting them eventually. I don't do too much hardcore offroading, but I do like to explore some pretty rough softroads, and deep, soft sand. Last time I was out on the beach on Hatteras my Crosstrek (same ground clearance as the Ascent) bottom out trying to cross some deeper ruts made by the silly-big-lifted trucks the fishermen drive out there. The sand was so hot that day it caused my transmission to overheat sitting on the scorching sand. I'm hoping having skid plates puts a layer between the under-bits and things like super-hot sand.
 

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I thought I would give this thread a bump with some up to date info.

Again, LP Aventure offers skid plates. In order to use their skid plates, you need their bumper guard. The bumper guard comes with the piece in the front which is angled. LP also has the CVT cover as well, which needs the LP skid guard, which again, needs the bumper guard. LP does not seem to offer a rear diff cover at this time. So to go LPs route:

$755 bumper guard
$396 front skid plate
$285 CVT skid plate
$1436 total

Primitive recently released a new front skid plate. It includes an option for the angled front piece similar to that LP offers on their bumper guard. Here is the link. Primitive also has the CVT and a rear diff cover. So to go over Primitive's offering:

$349 Front skid plate
$89 Front Lip option
$175 CVT plate
$110 rear diff plate
$723 total before discount
~$615 after discount

I was thinking of making a drive down to Primitive to pick up a set for the Ascent and my Impreza to save on shipping. Also was willing to stop by Nameless to pick up the axle back (provided someone shares in cabin video) along the way.

Sweet they fixed the big gap in the front. They should just send me one so I can grab some pictures. Nothing from the front on their website! :dunno:
 

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I thought I would give this thread a bump with some up to date info.

Again, LP Aventure offers skid plates. In order to use their skid plates, you need their bumper guard. The bumper guard comes with the piece in the front which is angled. LP also has the CVT cover as well, which needs the LP skid guard, which again, needs the bumper guard. LP does not seem to offer a rear diff cover at this time. So to go LPs route:

$755 bumper guard
$396 front skid plate
$285 CVT skid plate
$1436 total

Primitive recently released a new front skid plate. It includes an option for the angled front piece similar to that LP offers on their bumper guard. Here is the link. Primitive also has the CVT and a rear diff cover. So to go over Primitive's offering:

$349 Front skid plate
$89 Front Lip option
$175 CVT plate
$110 rear diff plate
$723 total before discount
~$615 after discount

I was thinking of making a drive down to Primitive to pick up a set for the Ascent and my Impreza to save on shipping. Also was willing to stop by Nameless to pick up the axle back (provided someone shares in cabin video) along the way.

Sweet they fixed the big gap in the front. They should just send me one so I can grab some pictures. Nothing from the front on their website! <img src="https://www.toyotanation.com/forum/images/smilies/dunno.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Dunno" class="inlineimg" />
Blake from primitive sent these to me. Haven't looked at the website to see if they're already on there or not, so sorry for duplicating if so.
 

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Blake from primitive sent these to me. Haven't looked at the website to see if they're already on there or not, so sorry for duplicating if so.
Blake? Do you wanna go to war, Balakay? Sorry....

Pics look good...I should order
Guess I could also have included the other skid plate pics. Mid plate and diff cover are attached.
 

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Blake from primitive sent these to me. Haven't looked at the website to see if they're already on there or not, so sorry for duplicating if so.
Blake? Do you wanna go to war, Balakay? Sorry....

Pics look good...I should order
Installed the full setup today. The plates extend all the way to the front of the bumper. Mid armor took maybe five minutes to install, and the rear diff plate another fifteen. Amazing how well Primitive Racing did with these.
 

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Those look really clean...not much of anything could get caught on them, for sure. Nice!
 

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Installed the full setup today. The plates extend all the way to the front of the bumper. Mid armor took maybe five minutes to install, and the rear diff plate another fifteen. Amazing how well Primitive Racing did with these.



NICE! Can you post some whole vehicle shots?
 

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Installed the full setup today. The plates extend all the way to the front of the bumper. Mid armor took maybe five minutes to install, and the rear diff plate another fifteen. Amazing how well Primitive Racing did with these.[/QUOTE]

Curious, is there anyway to eliminate the primitive racing wording on the front lip? Was that a decal or is it somehow printed on there? Great look nonetheless. Still deciding between primitive entire setup vs LP Aventure. What made you choose primitive? Thanks.
 

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NICE! Can you post some whole vehicle shots?
Don't have any pics that show the skids, and the only shot I have of the whole vehicle is one in it's natural habitat last week before I changed out the old skid for the revised version Primitive sent me. Two pics included.
 

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Installed the full setup today. The plates extend all the way to the front of the bumper. Mid armor took maybe five minutes to install, and the rear diff plate another fifteen. Amazing how well Primitive Racing did with these.
Curious, is there anyway to eliminate the primitive racing wording on the front lip? Was that a decal or is it somehow printed on there? Great look nonetheless. Still deciding between primitive entire setup vs LP Aventure. What made you choose primitive? Thanks.
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I haven't looked into removing the lettering. I can check later this evening when I'm back outside.

As for why I went with one and not the other, I've had nothing short of amazing experience with Paul and everyone at Primitive. They've always been incredibly responsive to questions and feedback from me before, during, and after the purchase/install/use of their products. There's a lot to be said for that - so much so that I'd honestly have gone with Primitive had they been as expensive or more expensive than LP's product (BUT DON'T INCREASE THE PRICE IF YOU'RE READING THIS PRIMITIVE). For me, LP's requirement that you have to utilize parts of their skid "system" in order to install others was the deal breaker, along with the higher price overall.
 

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Don't have any pics that show the skids, and the only shot I have of the whole vehicle is one in it's natural habitat last week before I changed out the old skid for the revised version Primitive sent me. Two pics included.
Thank you!
 
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