I think the plate is needed everywhere.
Are the towers for the front mounting points removeable? If so I am going to take them off my 02 and put them on my 03 and just buy 5 new rivnuts and do the suggested mod on this thread. Seems like that will help getting it on and off as well as keep the OEM plastic side guards in better shape for a longer period of time. The other option is Panzer, which looks good, but my car is lowered and I don't want to run the risk of the aluminum vs steel with ribs. yea, it makes the clearance lower, but, OEM seems best for me. Looking forward to getting mine off the car and doing this mod.
2002 Reflex Silver Jetta
SoyLect B20 + 80% BP Supreme
Amsoil HDD 3000 5w-30 Annually = 20K
Rocketchip Stage II
Bosch T4 Transporter Injectors
VR 6 Clutch 18# flywheel
5 Speed, Cold Weather Package, TDI Heater
OEM Steel Skidplate, Audi TT front anti-sway bar
ON CCV, ON SS Filler Cap (MIA)
Vented, Coolant Migration Mod
50% Front, 38% Rear tint (OH Legal)
Euro Switch, Rear Fogs
GTI 25th AE headlights w/leveling
157,000 Miles 7/04/2010