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Old 01-06-2013, 12:44 AM   #1
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Default GR JDM STI Side Skirts Install

Hi guys, over the years I have read some very helpful posts on this site and I would like to contribute. I know the side skirt parts aren't very complicated of an install but I've seen some threads pop up asking how to install them and figured it might help someone.

Anyways, this is going to cover the install on a 2013 sti (not sure which other years would be the same).

First things first. You need to take the stock side skirts off the car. For that you need to get under the car and pop off the little plastic automotive clips (there should be a total of 7. 6 are the big black plastic circular clips and 1 in the front that you need a small phillips head screwdriver to twist and remove) that line the bottom of the side skirts.
(here is a shot of the fat black plastic clips you will need to remove)


Once those are popped off, use my tried and true method "one-two-yank-foo". And the side skirts will pop off. Your car should now look something like this:

(After doing the first side I realized that the front fender vent did NOT need to come off to get the side skirt off. So you can skip removing that panel.

Once you have the skirt off, now would be a good time to clean them...

Once the actual stock skirt is ready you need to ready the new skirt lips...


Yummy STI goodness from Japan :derp


I wonder why I had a hard time reading these instructions...



Take the now clean OEM skirt and put it someplace you can work on it. I used my workbench (novel idea I know). Place the skirt like-so and line up the s206 skirt lip. When you do this it is very important to start at the rear. So align the rear first. Before you get into drilling holes and such, secure the lip with some painters tape.


I didn't get a shot of my aligning it up. But here you can see I started at the rear and slowly worked my way up.



The hole that you will need to drill will be obvious when line up the s206 skirts. Just go down the line 1 by 1 and drill the hole, insert bolt etc. Here you can see how I had taped the lip on.



As you secure each new bolt it will start to take form and you will soon find yourself not needing the blue painters tape.

If you have read this far I bet you are asking yourself, "what type of nuts and bolts is this guy using?". Well consider that question answered. These seem to be high quality, non-rusting nuts and bolts. As you can see when you do the install, you want to insert the bolt into the drilled hole you created. Then on the other side of the skirt, you want to use a washer, and then finish it off with that extended-rubber-nut-thingy (yes, this is a technical term and will be on the test at the end).
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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I can also hear another question being asked. "What size drill bit do I need?" Well, since I have no idea what the actual size was on the bit I used I used the ole eye-ball test. I grabbed a random bit that was the same diameter as the bolts...


Here you can see how the bolt/washer/extended-rubber-nut-thingy is set up. This is before I tightened it down.

Here you can see what the bolt/washer/extended-rubber-nut-thingy looks after its tightened and snug.


Once you have drilled all the holes, installed all the bolts and tightened it all down, it should look something like this:


When you get this far, you only have to put them back on the car (obviously). Now get to it and install the OEM skirts on the car just like you removed them (except do the steps backwards).
New Hotness


I hope you learned a little about how this install goes from my little thread. I know its nothing ground breaking but so far, its the only way I could give back to teh Nasioc.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #3
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None of your pictures are working.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:30 AM   #4
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Yeah, broken links or something.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:30 AM   #5
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None of your pictures are working.
Uh oh. It's working for me. Let me try another computer and fix asap.

I'm uploading the pictures to flickr right now. I'll have these fixed up shortly.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:37 AM   #6
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You're linking them from dropbox, so either set permission to public (not sure if you can do that) or re-upload to another site.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:51 AM   #7
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Okay guys, I uploaded to flickr and redid all the links. Should be good to go now! Thanks for hanging in there while I fixed it (it was a mess btw).
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:56 AM   #8
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Looking good! Needs more pictures of the finished product though on the car though
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Good install. On the drivers side skirt, I kept the 4, 5 and 6(from front to back) bolts off/ loose. Before getting used to the skirt that allowed for some give since my foot liked to hit it when exiting.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:13 AM   #10
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Good install. On the drivers side skirt, I kept the 3, 4, and 5 (from front to back) bolts off/ loose. Before getting used to the skirt that allowed for some give since my foot liked to hit it when exiting.
Thanks for the kind words. I was actually worried about that exact issue. After I had it all installed I got in and out of the car but my big ole feet cleared with ease.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:57 AM   #11
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Looks good!!
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Looks nice
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Looks fantastic!

Its such a cool item, and it actually is 100% functional. Prevent free flowing high velocity air from rolling under the car and mixing with the high velocity air under the car.

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Old 01-06-2013, 01:34 PM   #14
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Looking good! Needs more pictures of the finished product though on the car though
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I'd also like to know how much you paid for the side skirts.
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Price with shipping?

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Here is a image of them installed on our 2011 STi shop car.



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Old 01-06-2013, 03:17 PM   #17
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RSP has them for sale on their website listed at $1200. Now, that is a steep price however I also needed to buy some gauges, rear fog kit, smy cluster hood, front lic plate relocation kit etc. So I ended up spending around $2000, but luckily for me they had a black friday sale so the more you spend the more you save

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Price with shipping?
I believe they are offering free shipping (which would cost atleast $75 via ups since the box for these is about 6 feet long). Wait until you have a discount code and want to buy lots of parts. Then capitalize :P
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #18
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final product looks good mang, a little expensive but pretty sweet
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Looking good! Needs more pictures of the finished product though on the car though
Thanks Gorge! As promised, some better pictures.




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RSP has them for sale on their website listed at $1200.
They look fantastic on your car (even better after you get a front lip), I just could never see myself spending $1,200 for them.

I'd rather take that money and get a carbon fiber driveshaft!

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:14 AM   #21
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Those look great!
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:34 AM   #22
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Thanks for the step by step! I'll be getting a set when I pick my WRX up from the dealer in a few weeks.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:04 AM   #23
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Now put a V-limited front lip on it to complete the look
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:59 AM   #24
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pretty nice! i just got some cs style knock offs used for my 08 premium. im gonna try and install them with the oem skirts on the car. they dont secure as well as yours do.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:31 PM   #25
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Now put a V-limited front lip on it to complete the look
I picked my V-limited up from the Dealer yesterday. I will be making a replica vs oem lip comparison thread later in the day, so stay tuned!
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