Re: lifting and skid plates
There are a few companies out there that make lift kits for Subarus. Subtle Solutions make a decent kit.
Also, there are overload/lift heavy-duty springs available from spring manufacturers such as Pedders Suspension and King Springs. The overload/lift springs are often combined with KYB struts for an optimal upgrade for on or off-road use.
As for skid plates, the only two I know are Primitive Racing and RallyArmor.
As for if/when I get an XV, I'll be TEMPTED to get a lift kit, but I KNOW I'm going to get skid plates, a rear differential plate, amongst other underbody protection modifications.
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