Originally Posted by 25rsti
Looking great! Are these the bugeye specific flares?
I'm not sure if they are specific to the bugeye or not, I believe so. I purchased them from extemeyolks on iwsti, I know he had them custom made to fit his 06 sti. They were originally Shelby AC Cobra fender flares I believe, and the body shop did a lot of custom work to make them fit his sti, and then he purchased the molds from the body shop. I know mine are slightly different than his, as his had a little cut out on the front flare for the vent that the 06 sti has on the bumper just forward of the wheel. I know they fit my bugeye pretty darn perfectly when I first held them up to my wrx, the body shop is just doing a little extra molding and bodywork to make it fit perfectly as my fenders had already been altered when I originally pulled them. As the bodyshop is top notch, they wanted to show the local subaru crowd how clean they could make a wrx look with flares, so they went the extra mile to make the fit exact. The body shop is working together with me to bring to show subies in the bay area there is an affordable option to run big race rubber other than the large investment in a widebody kit.
I know I was very happy with the original fitment, if I did the install at my house they would have fit fine with the runserts and been perfect for a track car, maybe very slight fitment issues, but nothing that wasn't covered in extremeyolks build thread. Since I was scared of doing the bodywork myself, I asked the body shop to make sure it fit perfectly since it would just be a little more work on their end, and since it is a street car I wanted it to look very, very good. I know the body shop was very happy with the quality of the flares, although I can't remember the technical names they said of how it was made, but I know they were very impressed. It is hard to say how much of the little bodywork done to make it fit perfect was because of the previous pull I did to drive to the bodyshop with my 275's.
So in summary... very little bodywork for a perfect fit on the bugeye, can be bolted on for a pretty **** good fitment (just a little bit of work for a perfect fit and that was probably just because my fenders were slightly wavy from my initial pull). I would not have been impressed with a poorly fitting body part on this caliber of a build, and I must say both my body shop and I are very very impressed.
Huge, HUGE thanks to Karlton (extremeyolks) on IWSTI for bringing these to the market. I know they were absolutely perfect for me, and saved me from having to go to a widebody to fit my tires. Plus he is super friendly, really went out of his way to help me out and show me how he installed his, as well as gave advice on my setup and goals. Super nice and helpful, thanks for taking the time to help out a noob.
Here is an article on t3hclap's website describing the flares (and how I first found out about them), or look up his very impressive car on iwsti (full race twin scroll gt35r, built 2.5l, jrz's, etc. etc.)
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