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Old 11-15-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Default Rear bumper cut out on 2008+ 5 Door ......




VS mine:




Notice how they trimmed the bumper out on the back of that car. I have the same exhaust as on his car, I am just wondering if anyone out there has ever done anything like this to their car, and if so can you post some photos?
The rear bumper area is one thing I am not really a big fan of on these cars. What other options do I have in cleaning it up?
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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Ken Block did it:

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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Yes, thats the first photo I posted in this thread. I am just wondering if anyone else has done it, and if there are any negative side effects to doing this. I mean I am sure I can just buy another bumper part if I really hate it anyways.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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and if there are any negative side effects to doing this.
Side effect is you look like a Ken Block wannabe. I think no one has ever done it for a reason, it doesn't look good to a majority of people. If you think it looks good go for it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 05:05 PM   #5
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Dremel is your friend. Don't even try to fit a 08 sti bumper cover, it wond happen. Search a little bit and you'll find others who used the dremel.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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Just searched for about 30 minutes, cannot find a thing about this
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #7
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Looks like you're running a front lip. Why not match that with an R205 rear diffuser (or replica).
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:22 PM   #8
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right, or you can be like me and hack with a saw. rear diffuser meet saw, saw, meet rear diffuser...... http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2399047

A sample pic of what i did to my08 wrx with quad tips.

Its a bit dated because now i have a 09 wrx spoiler on it too.

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:08 PM   #9
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right, or you can be like me and hack with a saw. rear diffuser meet saw, saw, meet rear diffuser...... http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2399047

A sample pic of what i did to my08 wrx with quad tips.

Its a bit dated because now i have a 09 wrx spoiler on it too.

I just bought a muffler and center pipe from the STi to do the same... So a question...

The muffler tips look like they hang too low from the bumper. Would it be possible to bend the hanging rods a bit to avoid this? Did you try anything, or did you just install it as it fell in place?

As for the bumper... How did you measure the cuts? Did you remove the bumper? I'm trying to decide whether I should remove the bumper or not. My guess is I would do a better job by removing it, although it'll be a lot easier to leave it on.

Mine's silver also, so your pic just gave me an actual idea of how it'll look on my car. I don't like how low the tips look, so I might have to work around that, but I'll probably replace the tips with bigger ones to better fill the gap...
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #10
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I just bought a muffler and center pipe from the STi to do the same... So a question...

The muffler tips look like they hang too low from the bumper. Would it be possible to bend the hanging rods a bit to avoid this? Did you try anything, or did you just install it as it fell in place?

As for the bumper... How did you measure the cuts? Did you remove the bumper? I'm trying to decide whether I should remove the bumper or not. My guess is I would do a better job by removing it, although it'll be a lot easier to leave it on.

Mine's silver also, so your pic just gave me an actual idea of how it'll look on my car. I don't like how low the tips look, so I might have to work around that, but I'll probably replace the tips with bigger ones to better fill the gap...
Top to bottom. - They do hang pretty low, i just noticed that. I Just put it on and bam! it fitted cause the hangers are the same for the hatches. I believe you could bend it but i'd question the strength of it. if you could safely do it, you could. -I basically cut off the rectangle of the left side up to the top and to the first divider next to it (right). I did it with it on and a very steady hand and good saw. - the tips are a bit small but you could just buy any sti or 11wrx+ exhaust cause they would all work, i just happen to get mine really cheap and i prefer a quiet car so i got the stock one.

check the link out for some more pics, theyre not recent cause i have a sti spoiler and black emblems now. http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=2399047
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:57 PM   #11
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So, finally got the muffler and midpipe. Did you get the whole thing, or just the muffler? My car came to life with this swap. Now I have that deep rumble sound.

As for the bumper, here's how I cut it:



There's an uneven area on the left side, but I noticed it after taking the picture, so it's fixed.

As for the muffler hanging low, I tried this: http://legacygt.com/forums/showthrea...62224.html?amp;, but it didn't work as well. Since our hangers are placed at an angle, I just managed to bring it up by roughly 1/4 inch.

I saw some perforated rubber belts meant for exhaust hangers, so I'll try that next week and post pics if it actually brings it up as much as I want, which is almost centered within the areas I cut out from the bumper.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:36 PM   #12
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if you think its going to look like the pictures.....lolololol you're mistaken.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #13
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Isn't the fuel tank right there and if you cut that out you will see it? On Block's car I am sure they are running a smaller fuel cell located elsewhere. Just a though.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #14
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Your exhaust looks to be sticking WAY out of that bumper.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:12 PM   #15
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Yeah I'd have to look at the fuel tank, good thinking there.

As for my exhaust sticking out, it actually only sticks out about 1.5 inches, just looks more because it hangs down so much.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:57 AM   #16
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Isn't your exhaust piping actually different than the one pictured? I say don't do it.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:19 AM   #17
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Currently on the one installed, but I have one at an exhaust shop getting changed into the one pictured. On the factory one from Crawford, only the passenger side gets any flow so I am getting it evened out like the one on the Ken Block car.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:23 AM   #18
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I would say go with the Blacktop Aero diffuser and call it a day.
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:33 AM   #19
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I would say go with the Blacktop Aero diffuser and call it a day.
Never seen that, Just saw the single exit one. I think I am more of a fan of single exhausts than double. I think you have helped me decide. I will get that, and not just go for a single tip version of this exhaust.

Appreciate you pointing that out!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:52 AM   #20
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Currently on the one installed, but I have one at an exhaust shop getting changed into the one pictured. On the factory one from Crawford, only the passenger side gets any flow so I am getting it evened out like the one on the Ken Block car.

How is an exhaust shop making a Y pipe flow evenly?
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:25 AM   #21
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Also, how did the 2008 WRX get a better looking rear diffuser.

I think I may just have to start playing with my carbon fiber again.
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:12 AM   #22
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I don't know of it will be even, but right now it's like a 90/10 flow plot between passenger and drivers side.
I'm sure it will improve that.

Although I think I'm going for a single exhaust now anyways.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #23
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This goes for ALL vehicles, if the exhaust splits in the rear somewhere it will flow out more on one side. The really only way to fix it is a "true" dual exhaust, which would mean a lot of work.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:35 PM   #24
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Yeah single exhaust it is then!
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:59 PM   #25
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I think the whole point of cutting the rear bumper is more of a functionality thing than aesthetics.

Pretty sure the bumper is less prone to ripping off, easier to inspect components, easier access, and it does show off all the nifty bits under the car. Here is the Canadian rally team car...

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