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Old 01-29-2013, 12:19 AM   #1
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Default Replica Charge Speed Bottom Line Side Skirt add on options (04-07)

Not sure if this is where I should post this but here it goes.
I have been wanting to buy the Charge Speed Bottom Line side skirt add on for my 04 STi. They do look awesome and I know the fitment would be top notch but they are so much $$$. Has any one tried the replicas of them that are out there?? I've only been a able to find three options for replicas:
Duraflex
http://www.bodykits.com/Extreme-Dimensions/Side-http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/images/icons/nasioc/icon_kitty.gifSkirts/Subaru-Impreza-Extreme-Dimensions-Duraflex-C_Speed-2-Side-Skirts-_-107856/859459/
Bayson R Motorsports
http://www.baysonr.com/04_07_Subaru_...407-f-csbl.htm
Best Racing Motors
http://www.ebay.com/itm/04-07-Imprez...item589a004981

What I'm want to know is are the replicas any good (worth the money spent on them), fitment, durability and over all quality. Then are there any other options that I should be looking at to get from other vendors. If anyone has replicas (or authentic) on their cars (ideally 04-05) could you share with us (or just me) some pictures of them and you opinion of them. Any help you can offer would be great.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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I probably wouldn't go for the bayson r because they are fiberglass.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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The best racing motors one are urethane. Why would fiber glass be undesirable? I know that currently Bayson R is currently out of stock and that they likely won't get any more until march.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:42 PM   #4
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Yeah I agree, I don't see any reason to worry about fiberglass there. Maybe on a front bumper piece. But this part of the car shouldn't be flexing, therefore not needed a duraflex piece. And if it does flex, you have a much larger problem then your side skirts cracking.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #5
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I bought a set from best racing but mine is fiberglass. It came in great packing and shape.

Only problem is one of them is lil twisted in the middle. But it looks like it would fix itself when installed.

I wonder if urethane would be better.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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^ have you been able to installed them yet? Share some pictures if you have. I also wonder if urethane would have an issue with being twisted
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:14 PM   #7
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No, I haven't installed them yet. Sorry.

All I can say is quality is good what you pay for. (real ones are ~$1000)
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:21 PM   #8
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I feel the urethane would hold hold up better as fiberglass is more prone to cracking and chipping from the tires picking up rocks. So personally I would suggest grabbing a pair of urethane ones.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:14 PM   #9
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I feel the urethane would hold hold up better as fiberglass is more prone to cracking and chipping from the tires picking up rocks. So personally I would suggest grabbing a pair of urethane ones.
I agree with that point.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:44 PM   #10
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Has anybody tried these on WRX side skirts? I know it says it doesn't fit, but is it close or is there a way?
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:06 PM   #11
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I had the Bayson R fiberglass ones, install was a pain and the fit was only OK. Got into a small accident and one side was totally wrecked (since it's fiberglass).

Just received the new set I ordered from Best Racing Motors, they are indeed urethane. Will be installing them next week so I will let you guys know how it goes. Since they are flexy due to them being urethane, in addition to using the stock mounting holes it looks like you are supposed to screw them into the OEM STi skirts, which I'm not thrilled about. So we'll see what happens
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:04 PM   #12
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Couple pics of the new urethane parts, with 1 of the fiberglass ones (the dirty one). You can see the little holes drilled in the urethane ones that I'm assuming are there to screw them into the stock STi skirts. No instructions were included, just a bag of 18 screws (9 holes in each skirt)




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Old 01-30-2013, 12:15 PM   #13
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Are your urethane ones twisted at all. Or both are straight ?
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Couple pics of the new urethane parts, with 1 of the fiberglass ones (the dirty one). You can see the little holes drilled in the urethane ones that I'm assuming are there to screw them into the stock STi skirts. No instructions were included, just a bag of 18 screws (9 holes in each skirt)
I would guess you're right about also having to put screws into the side skirt in addition to the factory clips. Maybe they are needed because the urethane isn't as ridged as a fiber glass unit. I would imagine the screws are fairly small?
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:46 PM   #15
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Are your urethane ones twisted at all. Or both are straight ?
1 is straight and 1 is a bit twisted. It should straighted out once installed.

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I would guess you're right about also having to put screws into the side skirt in addition to the factory clips. Maybe they are needed because the urethane isn't as ridged as a fiber glass unit. I would imagine the screws are fairly small?
They're at least 1" long (don't have them with me at the moment), they seem a bit long but where the pre-drilled holes are the urethane is fairly thick. While I'm not thrilled about screwing into my factory skirts (especially since the car is getting a brand new paint job as we speak), they will definitely give me peace of mind on the install due to how flexible these are
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The bayson r fiberglass ones had a bit of a 'twist' in the middle as well. Couple pics of them on my car:





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Old 01-30-2013, 05:15 PM   #17
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^^ I've seen enough lol

I think I'll be buying a set very soon. I'll post pictures once I do
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:29 PM   #18
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Couple pics of the new urethane parts, with 1 of the fiberglass ones (the dirty one). You can see the little holes drilled in the urethane ones that I'm assuming are there to screw them into the stock STi skirts. No instructions were included, just a bag of 18 screws (9 holes in each skirt)
Danny in the pictures that you posted is there a joint or "mold line" on the back half of the new ones or just the picture?
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Danny in the pictures that you posted is there a joint or "mold line" on the back half of the new ones or just the picture?
There's a joint, a rather weird one. The outer "flared" part of the skirts and all the rest are all one piece, but the flat part at each end where you see that joint is another piece joined in and riveted. You can see one rivet at the end (bottom of pic) and one at the joint line. I can take closer pics tonight.

And I emailed the seller on ebay just to make sure the point of the holes and screws is to screw into the factory skirts and was correct:

"Briefly to install this side skirts you need to use your OEM Black clips under your car i believe theirs 6 of them on each side. you mount the side skirts with your OEM clips to hold the side skirt up in place then we also provide about 18 screws. you will see the holes on the lip already done. ones your side skirt its in place with the clips you can just pre-drill the screws in to the pre-drill holes on the side skirts."
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:13 PM   #20
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I probably wouldn't go for the bayson r because they are fiberglass.
Bayson R products are terrible. Usually out of shape and bad customer service.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:11 PM   #21
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True story ^

Here's some closer pics of the piece that's joined in







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Old 01-31-2013, 03:31 PM   #22
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It sounds like there needs to be a +1 for best racing motors. Looking at those pictures it doesn't look like the joint would be that noticeable unless you're looking for it. For the savings one gets by buying a replica I would be ok with that (joint). I would still like to see them installed before I place my order.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:41 PM   #23
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Yeah it shouldn't be seen much, maybe just a tad where the flare starts. I get my car back from the body shop next week so could possibly have them installed the weekend after that
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:55 PM   #24
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Well currently I'm leaning towards the best race motors replicas so I'm certainty looking forward to pics of them install. Are you painting them as we'll?
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No leaving them black to match the front and rear
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