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Old 02-08-2008, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default The STi Rear Wheel Fender Arch Install w/pics

Okay, so I wanted to install the 05 STi rear fender arch's on my 04 WRX but there was not a thread I could find that illustrated how to do this so I made this thread. I hope it helps out all the folks that are willing to go down this road. Here we go!!

Here are the rear wheel fender arch from an 05-07 STi, they come prepainted in pretty much all the colors and have 6 body clips preinstalled on them. They also have two strips of double sided tape on them. please note that to use these you will need a 05-07 STi bumper as well.

These are the part numbers for the left and right. The ## in the photo is for color code. 91021FE060 91021FE070

These are the body clips

These are the tabs that will attach to the STi rear bumper


Now your wrx will have two of the 6 holes already once you remove that little black arch at the bottom of your rear doors. Taking these off are a bear. I first tried to pull a bit but nothing. Then I tried to release the small body clips with two mini screwdrivers... that will only get you fustrated and a scratch in your paint. The best option was to just pull hard and they came off. When you do this, the clips WILL break and the black trim piece will never go back on.

Close up of the broken body clip from the black trim

This is where the arch will meet the STi bumper

Close Up


Now for the hard part. Being there is no template, drilling the holes would normally be a pain. I came up with a trick that worked. If you come up with a better way to do this, let us all know please.

The trick: Line up your arch on the fender with the bottom two exsisting holes. Don't press too hard or you will lock one of the body clips in place. This will be bad since releasing the clips is almost impossible. I suffered one broken body clip from this.

Now take a look and make sure it looks right, you will have to slip the rear bumper provisions into place as well to get a good line up. Now use a big sharpie to color one of the body clips and while it is still wet align the arch and press the colored body clip against the fender. This will leave an imprint of the body clip like this.

and this

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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and another


Continue this with all of the clips and you will have a location to drill your holes. At this point you should realize that you are about to drill through your wrx. So drink a beer, relax and just do it!! I used a 3/8" drill bit and it worked like a champ. It is a big bit so if you have a UNIBIT, I would highly suggest using it to avoid snagging the fender with such a large bit. Once you drill all the holes it will look like this.



Next you will need to treat the bare metal to prevent rust. Some primer would do good or a touch up pen. Clean the surface of the fender with alcohol since you will be sticking double sided tape to it.

For mine, I had to cut off one of the provisions on the arch to fit with the STi bumper. It was the one that is farthest back on the arch. You will see how it won't fit if you have a wrx rear metal bumper brace on your STi bumper. If you have a STi brace, then it will fit like a champ.

Now peel off the double sided tape cover and press the arch into place. Place pressure where the body clips are to lock them into the fender. It will be a very snug fit. Keep pressure on the location of the double sided tape for about a min or two.

Stand back and take a look at your work, congrats!!! but that was only one side. Now do the other!!
Pass Side


Drivers Side




One more pic for those that wanted a farther out pic. I will add more when the car leaves the garage.

TIPS:

1. Remove the inner rear bumper bolt. This is located inside the rear fender well on the corner of the rear bumper. This will allow you to fit the arch on properly. Just don't forget to put that 10mm bolt back in.

2. Your arch will come with a white protective coat. Leave it on until the install is complete. This will prevent you from scratching your new arch.

3. Cover your exsisting two holes with masking tape, this will allow you to fit the arch on to mark the holes and not accidently press in one of the body clips. Did this on the drivers side and it worked like a champ!

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Old 02-08-2008, 02:38 AM   #3
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beautiful. how much did the parts run you if you don't mind me asking.

thanks..

been thinking about doing this..
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:19 AM   #4
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Nice write up!

And second on the price for parts. Figured I might be able to find an STi in a junkyard, with front end damage or something...
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:28 AM   #5
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I shoulda got this done when I my car was in the shop after getting rear ended.....oh well now I know for later.

Nice write up
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:36 AM   #6
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just remember next time to use a panel popper tool instead of just pulling that plastic piece real hard...that way the clip wont break...
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:06 AM   #7
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very nice

post pics with both sides done
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:36 AM   #8
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That looks sweet. Looks like it was from factory.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:07 AM   #9
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They where 76.21 each painted from Subie Gal in Jan of last year. See her for a current price. Maybe she will chime in.

Thanks for the tip on the panel popper. There just is not alot of room to use one I think.
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:53 PM   #10
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They where 76.21 each painted from Subie Gal in Jan of last year. See her for a current price. Maybe she will chime in.

Thanks for the tip on the panel popper. There just is not alot of room to use one I think.
Awesome. I'm guessing they come painted?
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:46 PM   #11
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verrry nice!
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:54 PM   #12
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Awesome. I'm guessing they come painted?
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Here are the rear wheel fender arch from an 05-07 STi, they come prepainted in pretty much all the colors and have 6 body clips preinstalled on them.
there you go
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:09 PM   #13
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Ha, thanks. My bad...
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:30 AM   #14
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do you guys know where can i find a 05 STi rear bumper for cheap? i want to do this
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:03 AM   #15
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nice mod, but the wheels are -892539024 points, ugh!!
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Old 02-08-2008, 12:26 PM   #16
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There is always one. Stay on subject. they are my temp wheels. I have a new set enroute.
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where can i buy these?? i need the passenger side only
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #18
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where can i buy these?? i need the passenger side only
Come on dude, not even trying. Anyway, go to the above-mentioned site, click Impreza->Exterior then use the little drop down to choose "STi". Select your pre-painted color and driver's/passenger's side. I literally ordered my driver's side one yesterday. Comes with the 6 little body connectors/clips.
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Edit: Even easier: http://www.subarugenuineparts.com/in...a&filter_id=19
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:54 PM   #19
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Damn, that actually does look pretty good. Do you have any pics from further back though? Maybe the whole care too...
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:05 PM   #20
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+1 for more pics... I'm really thinking about doing this when I get my bumper replaced (snow plow hit my car)... but since I have a bug eye I'd have to source tail lights too... so I want to see if it is worth the extra effort.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:50 PM   #21
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+1 for more pics... I'm really thinking about doing this when I get my bumper replaced (snow plow hit my car)... but since I have a bug eye I'd have to source tail lights too... so I want to see if it is worth the extra effort.
Just go in the member's gallery and view any 05+ Sti.
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:25 PM   #22
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I can get some more pics for you. It is stuck in the garage though until I get me tranny back. Andrew has it right now.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:06 PM   #23
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Great illustrations and good job with the clean install.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:51 PM   #24
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This is great. I can't thank you enough for posting. I'm going to lurk the forums for a bumper!
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Old 02-08-2008, 11:04 PM   #25
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so do you need the 05 rear bumper beucase it molds into the fender flare or do you need it because there are certain holes in it that are needed for the flares?
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