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I'm considering skid plates even though I don;t go off road too much. Would having skid plates impact the ability to change oil, transmission fluid, etc. Would they have to be taken off to do any routine maintenance?
 

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I have a 2012 3.6R Outback with all three skid plates.

I have to remove the front plate to change oil and the center for the transmission as it is the 5EAT.

Not sure about CVT on the 2.5 Outback.

Removing the plates is relativity easy.
 

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Meh.
I has wagons.
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Yes, they need to come off to service whatever they are protecting.
 

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Primitive makes skidplates to protect the engine and rear diff that have drain holes in them: Primitive Racing skidplates
They can optionally include a Fumoto valve to allow draining engine oil through a short hose.

Dunno about their transmission plate, but transmissions usually go longer between changes, don't they?
 

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OTOH, the drain hole is maybe 1.5-in diameter.
Most rocks you care about have a bigger radius.
 
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