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Old 14th March 2015, 02:01 PM
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Great many thanks, Almostunseen,

This will surely help somebody with a Foz!

Unfortunately, the design of both the exhaust of the OB and of the plate is completely different. The Foz's tubes, at least the FXT, come from the back of the engine compartment. The OB tubes come from the front and then take a 90 underneath. Because of this, they are quite vulnerable and they also compel whoever produces skid plates to either have a big curvature (Primitive) or follow the exhaust in some other way (SubaXtreme).

As @Ratbag would say--buy a Foz! LOL.
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Old 14th March 2015, 06:29 PM
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Haha.

My Forester's exhausts wrap around the front of the engine bay, but they are about level with the bottom of the other stuff. Then swing along the sides. That's where my bent SubaXtreme guard hit them, at the front.

I belted it on a bit of RSC steel with a single jack Canadian block splitter until it didn't ...
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Hmm, so maybe the design of the 09-13 FXT is different.

Btw, that seems to be the Subaru model with the best angles. The 14+ Foz lost a bit of AA.
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^ It's impossible to see where the headers go until the engine bay splash guard is removed.

I agree about the MY05-MY07 Foresters. IMHO, these are among the best cars Subaru have ever made.

SWMBO's SH makes up for its longer snout by being about 25 mm higher. It has a longer WB than the SF and SG models, so needs more ground clearance to be that same, if you get my drift ... .

I prefer my SG all round to our SH. SWMBO prefers her car, which is all to the good .
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Old 14th March 2015, 08:17 PM
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I know what you mean, but still the gain in clearance is more than the gain in WB as the breakover angle is:

2007-8 Foz 19
2010-14 H6 OB 19.5
2010-14 H4 OB 20.5
2009-13 Foz 21 perhaps a bit more on FXT

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^ That's what I mean.

The SH occupies around 20-25% more volume than the SG. This makes it feel and behave very differently.

It is a (far) better family car than my SG, but that comes at a cost in terms of size, handling and loss of cargo space (the cargo space in the SH is wider and higher, but about 50 mm shorter than the SG).

That increase in height and ground clearance both shift the SH's centre of gravity higher than that of the SG. One would expect a far better increase in ramp over angle than the 2 you have quoted.
The approach and departure angles are all but identical to those of the series II SG.
A triumph of fashion over engineering, IMNSHO ... .
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So, who is building the next small go-anywhere Suzuki?

Btw, I think Suzuki left the US market.
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Front skid first - I've never bothered with a diff skid; it's probably the toughest part of your car! Primitive is good; there's a new guy started up with lift kits over there ADF - Anderson Design and Fabrication; may be worth a look.
I have an ADF 2" lift. Love it.
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try a SubieLiftOz lift kit for the optimum camber & caster offset. Made from 1/4" 6mm steel, not 3/16" 4mm steel.

Very tough, 33% thicker than the opposition & 77% stronger! Guaranteed never to bend or break!!!
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I have all 3 plates. So far, I haven't bashed into anything yet.
They required some trimming to fit.. But I do feel way safer being way out there with them under the Forester!
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