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Old 06-13-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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For any of you WRX (non STI) blobeye owners that have wanted to install a front lip / splitter like me, options seemed to be somewhat limited. I'd been looking for a while and the few lips previously sold specifically for WRX’s but they no longer exist. So I started contemplating a STI lip but despite the odd member with a picture no write ups to avoid getting STI splitters. So I got an STI lip, spent some time and ended up with the results below. This isn't the most detailed write up / doesn't have the best photos as I wasn't planning to do a write up initially. I wanted this to be a reference and a means for people to know it is possible more than anything. Car: 2004 WRX USDM 2.0 Tools Used: 12mm socket / Flathead & Philips screwdriver / clamps / heat gun / dremel / cordless drill Lip: Replica V-Limited Style, similar to http://fastwrx.com/fivstfrlip.html Lip hardware: Four nuts/bolts and 8 self-tapping screws Other hardware: 6 2" nuts and bolts Step 1: I won't review this as there are already multiple write ups for this. Remove front bumper (this is almost necessary in my opinion) inspect your lip for pre drilled holes. Note picture below includes a mounting bracket of some sort; mine did not come with this. Step 2: Check gap prior to any alterations by mounting to the four bolts that already align (A, B, C and D shown above) to give yourself an idea what needs to be changed as consensus is that every lip out there is different. If your lip seems to mount with no alterations, all the better, but below you can see one of many gaps. You will find that your lip is too "wide" without STI splitters; this comes up in step 6. Step 3: Using a heat gun heat up these raised tabs that on an STI sit flush against the side splitters. Step 4: Once evenly heated (10-20 seconds of constant heat) use clamps to make these tabs flush to the rest of the lip. In my case the clamps weren't wide enough so I used two small pieces of 1/4 inch plywood, once nice and flat repeat on the other side. Step 5: Check again and the gap towards the side should be much better. Step 6: Re-mount lip to the bumper at points A, B, C and D. You will need to bend the lip to reach A and D, when this happens the lip flexes causing gaps at the corners. Step 7: I personally chose not to use the self-tapping screws that came with the lip, instead I used my personally supplied 2" nuts, bolts and washers for the flex points (F and G shown below). Either way you do it, keep bolts A, B, C and D connected to keep it aligned and drill (if using additional nuts and bolts). Step 8: At this point the only challenge was the center of the lip was still too high. Caused it to twist and not sit straight (both E points), to get around this I used a dremel and sanded down the ends of the center ridge. I focused on the rear edge and only took it down a couple millimeters. Step 9: The top edge on the center ridge didn't sit flush/square on the front in the middle ridge, shown below (point H). So once again I used a couple 2" nuts/bolts and this sucked it up flush. Step 10: If needed, have a friend help replace your bumper to the front of the car. Due to the possibility of scraping with the new lip I did change two tabs that hold the bumper. I replaced the two on either end of the bumper (point J) in front of the wheel wells with nuts and bolts for extra security.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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Never have liked the lip without the splitters, I think they're a must.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #3
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Looks great
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Old 06-13-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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nice work, but looks 1000x better with the splitters.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:38 AM   #5
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Finished product

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Old 10-19-2013, 09:33 AM   #6
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Looks great. Will the lip fit on a 2.5 ts? I figure it's the same mechanism...
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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I cut those raised tabs off with a razor blade and drilled a nut/bolt through each corner. Didn't remove the bumper.



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Old 10-19-2013, 11:37 PM   #8
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Can someone point me in the right direction to find the spacer piece that is necessary to fill the gap between the lip and middle bumper when using the corner splitters? It's the smaller piece in the OP's first picture. I've searched for it and can't find it for sale individually.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:00 PM   #9
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Can someone point me in the right direction to find the spacer piece that is necessary to fill the gap between the lip and middle bumper when using the corner splitters? It's the smaller piece in the OP's first picture. I've searched for it and can't find it for sale individually.
That piece isn't what you think it is.

The piece that "fills the gap" is the raised center portion of the lip.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #10
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That piece isn't what you think it is. The piece that "fills the gap" is the raised center portion of the lip.
Hmm... I guess I'm just having fitment issues then. I test fitted my new splitters and lip and had a small gap in the middle that the lip was not able to fill. What is the piece I was mistaken about used for?
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