Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Thursday November 27, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC Subaru Models > Baja Forum

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-10-2003, 06:20 PM   #1
SEVEN
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38490
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: ct
Default Just curious

Just wondering if there is anyone out there,who bought a BAJA and wishes that they didn't.
It's hard to find anyone who has one that doesn't use the "I love it"words.
"OK eccept for the speed thing"Not important for me, I cannot think of any other Subaru that I would rather have.
Subaru needs to do two things, offer them in as many colors as possible, each one just one color, and sell them with a hard bed cover,which makes them look like a very unique sporty sedan that can do what no other sedan can do.
One more comment, With all that cladding(protective gear) "and it really doesn't bother me, I like it" there is a lot of potential for exterior modification kits. I'll be back..........................
SEVEN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2003, 06:36 PM   #2
BajaNut
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 36905
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Kirkland, WA
Vehicle:
2014 Outback SAP
leggtnut on lgt.com

Default

Seven,
I don't know anyone that has purchased the baja that just doesn't love the heck out of it. But if you do find one, good luck to you. I was at the dealership dropping of my wife's '98 forester and kntoced that the dealership here in WA are selling the Snugtop lid for the baja as a dealer installed option. I hope that not too long that the dealers and/or truck outfitters will be carrying the ARE cap for it (camper shell).

Ben
BajaNut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2003, 10:33 PM   #3
c0yote
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 37602
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Everett, WA
Vehicle:
2003 Baja
Silver

Default

Was just in the dealer (Carter) and saw the Snugtop. One thing I noticed was that there's a lot of screws holding it down. Does anyone know how easy it comes off? Is there much noticable damage to the liner (screw holes)? I wasn't too impressed with the gasketing around the front of the bed and the 'roll cage' bars. I don't think a toneau is for me, would rather have some sort of small lockable toolbox for the bed.

As for the everyone loves it crowd, it's such a niche vechicle right now with the slow sales, I have to figure that only the people that truly want the car (and know & accept what it is and what it's not) are buying it.
c0yote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2003, 01:45 AM   #4
BajaNut
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 36905
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Kirkland, WA
Vehicle:
2014 Outback SAP
leggtnut on lgt.com

Default

Well, if the snugtop cover is not for you maby the ARE cap is. Take a look: http://www.4are.com/product/baja/

Ben
BajaNut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2003, 04:23 AM   #5
BajaDuckey
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 26986
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Troy, ny
Vehicle:
2003 BAHAHA!!
Duck Yellow

Default

have been to the dealer and I've taken the cover off in the show room (much to the dismay of the salesmen). two pins on the side where the shocks are. and a few more where the hinge point is.

however! that little strip in front of the silver bars stays in... so i don't know if that puts a damper in your plans.. i guess it depends on what you need to do with it.

monkey-
BajaDuckey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2003, 11:46 AM   #6
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

I have the tonneau cover on my Baja. Between the cab and the bars is a hard plastic piece that's held down by two screws on each side, with some weatherstrip against the cab. The soft part wraps around the bars with velcro, and the soft part comes all the way to the back. I think there are more screws to hold down the pieces that the soft part attaches to, which also means that you can't lower the tailgate while the cover is on, you must undo it. It's a decent fit, though the hard plastic piece between the cab and bars concerns me because I'm not sure if a bike tire can fit up under there yet when hauling bikes.

I also have the full front bra, and I'm liking that quite a bit, the fit is really nice.
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2003, 12:43 PM   #7
SEVEN
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38490
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: ct
Default

do you have the tonneau cover that comes in only one color? or do you have the one that you can get painted to match your truck..........uuuu.....car.
these covers should be made so that they can be removed easily,this way you could utilize the pickup feature of the car.
I saw the ARE Cap, I am sorry to say I do not like it. I think the designers missed it on this one.
SEVEN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2003, 01:23 PM   #8
BajaNut
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 36905
Join Date: May 2003
Chapter/Region: BAIC
Location: Kirkland, WA
Vehicle:
2014 Outback SAP
leggtnut on lgt.com

Default

Seven, Yes Snugtop does sell the tonneau cover in the matching colors of the baja colors (yello, black, red, and silver) check out snugtop for information on that. When I was at the dealer on wednesday, I knoiced that the hydrolics take up more bead room that I was confortable with so you loose about the size of a shoe box on each side next to the lid of storage.

On the are cap, I don't know how differently they could have made it. It looks just like any other truck cap. And they have color matching as well. For my tast, it is just right, but everyone has thier own tasts.

Dragonglen, While I was at the dealer, I measured the cleanance of the bed to the tonneau cover (snugtop) and it is too short to have a bick weel fit vertically. And the sailsman said that the cover and the bead bike attachment can't be installed at the same time. They suggested a roof rack or a trailer hitch attachment. They sell both, and for a premium of course.

Ben
BajaNut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2003, 02:11 PM   #9
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

I have the soft, black leather cover for the back, the one they advertise for in their brochure. I didn't want to spend the money for the hard one because I feel you can't get as much utility out of it, though it does look better.

Perhaps it'll be easy enough to just take the front wheel off of a bike then, then it should fit okay I'm thinking.
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 09:12 AM   #10
SEVEN
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38490
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: ct
Default

BajaNut, you mentioned that the ARE Cap is designed just like any other truck, that is true, and thats what I see wrong with it. The front of the BAJA does not look like a truck so when you add the cap you end up with a wagon.
The designers should of went out of their way to make sure that the sport bars where still visible. The cap also could of been made to extend maby 7 inches past the talegate.
You may like the cap available, however in the future it may be possible that their will be other designs you might like better.
SEVEN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2003, 12:11 PM   #11
rsholland
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 5769
Join Date: Apr 2001
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Ellicott City, MD, USA
Vehicle:
'09 WRX Prem 5-dr
Dark Gray

Default

Quote:
Originally posted by dragonglen
I have the soft, black leather cover for the back, the one they advertise for in their brochure. I didn't want to spend the money for the hard one because I feel you can't get as much utility out of it, though it does look better.
Is it water-tight? Are you happy with it?

Bob
rsholland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2003, 10:10 AM   #12
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

I haven't checked if it was watertight, but luckily it's raining today. I'll go out during lunch or before my night class to check. The only downside I could possibly see to it is that you have limited space between the bars and the cab, since they use a hard plastic there. Otherwise, I'm loving it so far.
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2003, 11:09 PM   #13
ellens2
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 34538
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Mass
Vehicle:
03 Baja
Silver

Default

Bob, I also have the soft cover. It is water tight. I like the cover but, don't like that I can't open the tailgate without taking the back part of it off. The cover was very hard to get off/on in the beginning but, it seems to have stretched a bit so it's easier now.
ellens2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 09:49 AM   #14
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

Agreed about the tailgate. It's not too bad that you have to take it off the tailgate portion to open it, but it's a pain trying to hold it up with one hand and trying to close the tailgate with the other so you don't close it in. Since it's flimsy, trying to get the whole piece high enough to clear the tailgate is very difficult, my fiancee had to step in and help me when she saw me struggling. My manhood was hurt from that incident...
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2003, 04:53 PM   #15
blu_light
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 7648
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Sleesburg, Va
Vehicle:
2003 baja

Default snug top

I would recommend any one that plans to use the "bed" of the baja more than once to not get a snug top cover. I am not attacking the company or the product at all just the over all functionality of the piece. I had a hard cover tonneau on my dakota and when i needed to carry something taller than the bed it was a nightmare. It was good for groceries and small stuff but with something to tall you can't open the lid high enough some times and it can be a pain in the butt to take off and put back on.

I would recommend the soft cover, it is pretty good water proof and easy to take off or just fold over.

D
blu_light is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2003, 09:00 PM   #16
zabutter
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 10057
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: WLA
Vehicle:
MY02 TS w/ leather
AW w/ full tint:4eat

Default

anyone have upclose pictures of that cover other than that one shot Subie released? How does it close and lock (if it does)?
zabutter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2003, 11:11 PM   #17
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

The soft leather tonneau cover doesn't lock. There's a hard plastic piece that sits between the bars and the cab. The tonneau cover comes up and velcroes around the bars. Attached to the Baja with screws on the top of the sides and top of the tailgate is a metal bracket thing. The cover has a hard rubber material sewn into the cover. You stretch the cover over the bracket, and the hard rubber (which goes around the entire perimeter of the cover) comes down and hooks onto the brackets. If I had a digicam, I'd take pics, but the fiancee has that, and with our work schedules and lack of a joint house at this point, it's getting tough to see her, let alone use that time to take pics of my car/truck/suv thing. I'll see if I can do something this week or weekend, but it's doubtful.
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2003, 09:21 AM   #18
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

I finally checked the bed after last night's rain with the cover on. Some water did get in, but not much at all. I'm guessing it came in near where the cover velcroes around the bars, since there's a very small opening there. The amount of water was very small though, I had to lean quite a bit in to see any.
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2003, 04:43 PM   #19
zabutter
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 10057
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: WLA
Vehicle:
MY02 TS w/ leather
AW w/ full tint:4eat

Default

The dealer wants $150.00 to put it on. How easy is it to DIY?
zabutter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2003, 05:47 PM   #20
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

Don't know since I didn't put it on, but it looks like it requires some drilling, and then some screws, but that's about it. I think they charged me something like $50, plus it was used when I got it, so I got it for 1/2 off in the first place. You can tell it was used, but only if you look closely. Unfortunately, they put a decent scratch in the plastic on the Baja on the back of the cab, which kinda pissed me off. I guess it makes it look more rugged now.
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-24-2003, 07:27 PM   #21
Yerf
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 40259
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Kittery, ME
Vehicle:
2003 Baja
Silver/Silver

Default

DIY isn't too bad. It took me 4 hours. If I had to do it again, I might be able to finish an install in an hour and a half.

Few tips if you decide to install yourself:

1) Instructions say to use 1/2" drill bit. Start small! The paper templates, which come in the kit, are slightly off the mark. You should find the pre-tapped metal holes under the plastic by drilling an exploratory hole first. Then, you can enlarge the holes. I had best luck with a dremmel tool.

2) Instructions say you need a in-lb torque wrench. The values are so small you can get them by "hand-tight".

3) You might want a bottle of fingernail polish on hand. Just about every time I drilled a hole, I nicked the painted surface underneath. Or a good drill stop would be ideal to use.
Yerf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2003, 06:57 PM   #22
dragonglen
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 38692
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Outside of Philly
Vehicle:
2003 Baja Sport
Silver

Default

Found this on ebay. It gives you a decent picture, I think it's the same one in the catalog though.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33655
dragonglen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just curious, will the V5/V6 WRX STi engine compatable with the RS auto tranny? V6 Factory 2.0L Turbo Powertrain (EJ Series Factory 2.0L Turbo) 1 03-30-2001 06:10 PM
Just curious, How much money... kAn9ArOo General Forum Archive 5 09-09-2000 08:25 PM
just curious? who is the YOUNGEST subie OWNER on here?? SuBaRu-ImPrEzA_RS General Forum Archive 50 08-14-2000 07:51 AM
any djs out in the crowd? just curious MixeD_MenacE General Forum Archive 61 07-22-2000 01:30 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.