Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday September 20, 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 General > Interior & Exterior Modification

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 10-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #1
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default DIY Solid Front Lip : The Writeup

This is your goal:



What you need:

Cost:
~ $30 or so for raw materials
15 hours of your time
Some measuring skills and patience...no experience

Materials:
Foam garage door sealer from home depot
1 fiberglass matte
1 can of resin
1/6 can bondo (so new can or leftover will work)
sanding disks
truck bed coating
hardware bolts and nuts for mounting
Pegboard or other flat piece of wood

Equipment:
Sander
Sanding block
Dremel with cutting wheels
Rubber body filer tool thingy (or anything to spread bondo evenly)
Drill with various bits


The procedure:

- Find some leftover flat piece of wood and make sure it's bigger then the underside of your car.

- Hold it in place and trace the bumper line onto the wood.



- cut out the frame so it's easier to work with

- brake the frame in half, clamp together, and sand both sides at the same time to ensure symmetry between the halves.



- Put the frame back together, cut out a plug for the dip in the front, and secure it in place.

- take some screws, nut and bolts you have lying around and secure the garage door sealer to the frame. Make sure you use a boat load, about 1 every 2in. Then go back through them and realign them to get the soothes curve possible. Work out the bulges and odd humps as best as you can.



- Flip the frame over and cover the whole back with fiberglass matte and resin. Do about 2 layers. Make sure you use matte, not cloth.



- Once that dries, take everything down, and reposition it so that the top is now exposed.

- lay down a layer of matte and resin over the whole top.



- lay down another layer of resin to smooth things out.

- Sand it till everything is near smooth



- Go over and fill the divits with bondo. More then likely the foam sealer will deform, this is a good time to fill in those depressions with bondo as well.



- Sand like hell till everything is near smooth

- Lay down 2 more layers of resin then sand smooth (Stop at 120 grit)

- Test fit against the bottom of the car. This is a good time to dry mount the diffuser, drill all your holes, and make sure everything is lined up properly.



- Hang up and paint with truck bed liner spray on coating (this stuff rocks) Tough and dries in 5 min



- Mount and you're done.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #2
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default

More pics:







The gap in the middler FiXoR3D:




Last edited by Sausage; 10-14-2007 at 05:04 PM.
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:15 PM   #3
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default

Room for advice
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
I Love Boobies
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 146137
Join Date: Apr 2007
Vehicle:
06 WRX R.I.P.
06.06 - 10.08

Default

you are my hero. iv already got a poly vlim but i am making your diffuser over winter break. what else do you plan on making? my vote would be a defi style clock gauge pod for 52mm gauges
I Love Boobies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:30 PM   #5
simplebirdy
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 102996
Join Date: Dec 2005
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Tx and Germany
Vehicle:
2009 Legacy
DGM

Default

looks as if this can be added to and made even better
simplebirdy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default

^ You could, but I kinda like it like this. I test fitted some material to see what it would look like and I decided against it.
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:51 PM   #7
indelible
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 99573
Join Date: Oct 2005
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Riverside, CA
Vehicle:
2015 FXT
SWP

Default

too bad this write-up wasn't done 2 weeks ago, i just bought a lip, lol. Great job! I'll be doing this if my lip ever breaks. I think I'll attempt the rear diffuser sometime this month. Can't wait to see more DIY projects from you.
indelible is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 04:58 PM   #8
ilikesubaru
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 160085
Join Date: Sep 2007
Chapter/Region: E. Canada
Location: Montreal, Canada
Vehicle:
2002 Bug Face
WRB

Default

looks great, good job man
ilikesubaru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 05:11 PM   #9
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default

I'm not sure what to do next. My initial though was underbody panels to make the whole bottom of the car one flat piece. But that would require covering up the holes on the bottom of the enigne bay, the trans, pretty much everything between the front and the rear axels - the ehaust.

But I'm not sure how beneficial it would be since it might increase under the hood temps. The air usually comes in the front of the car, goes through the radiator and engine bay. And through the hood scoop, through the tmic.

Either way it exits from underneath the car. I'm not sure I wanna block that.
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 05:15 PM   #10
jdubya301
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 139076
Join Date: Jan 2007
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: Scranton PA
Vehicle:
2002 stg2 wagon
03 suzuki sv650s

Default

dude you are my hero. ive been looking for a lip like this for my 02 wagon. there arent any. i didnt want to do the diy garage foam lip cuz i think it looks flimsy, but i like this idea.

i would add some vertical pieces to go down the center, so theres not that awkward space between the lip and the bumper. what do you think?
jdubya301 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 05:24 PM   #11
iheartmysuby
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 83638
Join Date: Mar 2005
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Dallas, TX
Default



that does not look good. if you fill it it should look better
goo idea though.
iheartmysuby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 05:32 PM   #12
Handsdown
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 29355
Join Date: Nov 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: seattle
Vehicle:
2003 GD6 Hate chall
but i'mma maintain

Default

mess and hassle.

the only wood i want on my car is on the dash.

but hey, at least yours isn't foam, because we all know how terrible foam is for aerodynamics.
Handsdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 05:34 PM   #13
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default

It's easy to just throw in a verticle piece. It'd take about an hour to do. I didn't do it because I was going for efficiency. I wanted to lip to smooth the airflow under the car. If I throw a vertical piece in, it'll just bring the air to a dead stop...
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 05:36 PM   #14
Handsdown
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 29355
Join Date: Nov 2002
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: seattle
Vehicle:
2003 GD6 Hate chall
but i'mma maintain

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
It's easy to just throw in a verticle piece. It'd take about an hour to do. I didn't do it because I was going for efficiency. I wanted to lip to smooth the airflow under the car. If I throw a vertical piece in, it'll just bring the air to a dead stop...
I'm almost positive your splitter won't smooth airflow under the car better than if it had that hole above it plugged.
Handsdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 06:25 PM   #15
th3loadr
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 155457
Join Date: Jul 2007
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: ocala, florida
Vehicle:
2007 mustang
performance white

Default

dont mind the flamers, it worked out well.
th3loadr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 06:27 PM   #16
JBravo920
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 73420
Join Date: Oct 2004
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: New Braunfels, TX
Vehicle:
2008 Camry XLE
& 10' Kawasaki Vulcan 900

Default

When is someone gonna come up with a DIY lip for the 04-05 with STi splitters?!?!?!?!
JBravo920 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 07:22 PM   #17
iheartmysuby
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 83638
Join Date: Mar 2005
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: Dallas, TX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
It's easy to just throw in a verticle piece. It'd take about an hour to do. I didn't do it because I was going for efficiency. I wanted to lip to smooth the airflow under the car. If I throw a vertical piece in, it'll just bring the air to a dead stop...
lol. but seriously what doyou think the front of the car does to air. comes to a dead stop and throws air around it. so a little piece covering up that gap wont do much.. and it will look a ton better
iheartmysuby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 07:36 PM   #18
Sausage
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104998
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NNJ
Vehicle:
2007 vf39 SuperWagon
I haz teh bed gramers

Default

Cool, after all the feedback, I'm gong back to the garage and making an insert. Stay tuned...
Sausage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 08:53 PM   #19
xdrian
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104200
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Metuchen NJ
Vehicle:
828 WHP BUGEYE
Street Proven Performance

Default

came out nicee!!!!
xdrian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 09:06 PM   #20
ATK
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 123698
Join Date: Aug 2006
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Finn Hill
Vehicle:
2004 WRX SPORTwagon
Looking for the NWIC OT

Default

Looks pretty nice, but I think I would have tried to make the sides flat that go along the fender like the V-limited lip. Maybe you could have even just pushed it down and braced it with aluminum strips or something then fiberglassed it to hold its form....idk, but I'd try to get away from it still looking like the garage door sealer.

Overall great effort.

My vote for the next DIY item if you are to stay with exterior design, is the front or rear strakes. Now that would present a bad ass challenge.
ATK is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 10:17 PM   #21
aspenw06sti
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 104779
Join Date: Jan 2006
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Vehicle:
2009 RIP Sil STI/NAV
06 W STI:07 LIMITED #374

Default

Too much hassle! Ebay dude!
Besides the space left open leaves for strain on your bumper at medium speed which means that your bumper will flap around!
Make some bumper protector!
aspenw06sti is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 10:31 PM   #22
BlueF
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 45324
Join Date: Oct 2003
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: California
Default

Damn. That's a lot of criticism for an impressive home fab job!
BlueF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 11:03 PM   #23
indelible
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 99573
Join Date: Oct 2005
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: Riverside, CA
Vehicle:
2015 FXT
SWP

Default

how about rear side skirts to go along with the rear diffuser for the next project?

indelible is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2007, 11:14 PM   #24
nightcrawler60
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 126438
Join Date: Sep 2006
Chapter/Region: SCIC
Location: South Los Angeles/S.D
Vehicle:
2004 Impreza
#Winning

Default

Wow man...how do you come up with this stuff? Thumbs up from over here!
nightcrawler60 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2007, 01:16 AM   #25
WRex06
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 118537
Join Date: Jun 2006
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: East Brunswick, NJ
Default

Good work man!

Do you do requests?

You should make these rear spats that can fit on WRX models 04+

WRex06 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
DIY Rear Diffuser : The Writeup Sausage Interior & Exterior Modification 183 12-04-2012 10:29 PM
new DIY bugeye front lip Frank A Interior & Exterior Modification 58 02-21-2012 07:06 PM
DIY painting front lip sovietjet Interior & Exterior Modification 12 02-22-2006 02:19 PM
PURE blitz style front lip : SOCAL 5zigenwrx Private 'For Sale' Classifieds 6 08-20-2004 01:36 PM
Does anyone have the Greddy Front Lip for the WRX in Stock??? dman918 Interior & Exterior Modification 1 01-08-2003 11:02 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:29 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.