I remove skid plates for cleaning inspection when needed but prefer a skidplate that allows me to change the oil without fussing with the plate if possible. Less to attend to, especially when doing an oil change in the field during a trip. The EE plate allows removal of the oil screens and filter without pulling the plate off. Not a deal breaker either way but convienant. But I change my oil at roughly twice the frequency called for in the manual. On my fourth oil change now.