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We dont go off road and live in northeast wisconsin so we get snow and travel toareas with alot of snow. Most of our driving is highway. Do you think skid plates would be overkill? The added protection sounds good to me. Any problems with snow packing or ice forming? I suppose engine heat would reduce that.
 

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steal is heavy... and adds up fast on the bottom of your car depending on the structural integrity of your plates. this will have negative effects on MPG, and handling of your vehicle.
Unless he builds his own, I doubt that the OP could obtrain a steel skid plate for an Outback. All the ones I have seen are aluminum alloy..... which have their own issues for cars in the Rust Belt - corrosion from road deicing chemicals.

My recommendation is live with the lower plastic engine cover until you rip it off in a snowbank, then consider an aluminum replacement. You aren't going to damage the underside of your car in winter driving, just that plastic piece..... rocks are another situation entirely.

If you decide to drive the high dirt road passes of the Rockies, you better have metal skid plates.

John Davies
Spokane WA USA
 

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I think that there is really no reason to have one on the highway, its just added weight, if you go through deep snow it might be usefull.
 
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