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Old 05-30-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default DIY Front Lip - Version II

Version II Garage Door Lip Hahaha!
(Work in progress, still tweaking and updating...)
*FYI, all pictures were taken after driving ~500 miles over the last week. The lip scrapes coming into and out of my driveway, as well as many other places, and is holding up very well so far. Cleans up easy with Simple Green and a cloth.

I just got done doing this to my '04 WRX Wagon, and I thought I'd share. It's a different enough take on the DIY lip that others have done, that I thought it could use its own thread. I love how it came out.

This design covers most of the unsightly scrapes on the bottom of the bumper, and evens out the bottom of front bumper.

*This is for a stock '04 bumper without side splitters. I'm sure the method will be similar for other models, years, but I don't know for sure.

Materials:
EPDM foam rubber garage door sealer (same as in other threads. got mine from Lowe's for $16)
Double sided sticky tape (normal scotch tape style, not foam tape)
Small foam blocks or something similar. (should be stiff/hard material that can be cut with a sharp knife to specific shape. I had some foam blocks left by Stanley Steemer that are used to put under furniture after carpet cleaning.)
Self tapping screws ~3/4" (15-20pcs.) ~1.5" (5-10 pcs.)
Washers ~1/2"-1" wide (20-30pcs.)

Step 1: Cut the garage door sealer in half, into two sections that should be more than 90" long.
Step 2: Lay out both sections flat, and run strip or two of double sided tape along the top of one section. Carefully stick second section to first section so the cross section looks like the picture.
Step 3: Cut some foam blocks into sections with a trapezoidal cross sections about 25mm wide, 17mm tall on one side, and 20mm tall on opposite side. These pieces go between lip and bumper to even out the raised center section when mounting the lip.
Step 4: Fit lip around bottom of bumper, secure with screws and washers.
Step 5: (More details to come...)

Garage Door Material


Lip Cross Section


Prepped Lip


Before (Lots of ugly scrapes)


After




Close-Up


Finished Product






For more reference, check these threads:

http://www.clubwrx.net/forums/exteri...p-wrx-8-a.html
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=395394
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=583184
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1275327
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1389639
http://dirtyimpreza.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3032
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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I like it, good job.
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:15 PM   #3
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nice job. looks very clean
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:19 PM   #4
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good write-up. nicely done. good work, man.
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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very nice!! looks better then the single piece one that everyone (myself included) does
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:19 PM   #6
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very nice....i like it alot more than my single layer

but will it work on the best imprezas of all... the bugeyes?

im going to attempt this tommorow and see if it works on my car, nice idea sir
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:35 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. ^^^ Be sure to post some pics.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:04 PM   #8
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very very nice job!

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Old 05-31-2008, 12:46 AM   #9
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that actually does look good. as a bugeye wagon owner, i'm going to try this.
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:48 AM   #10
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I don't normally like DIY front lip, but I gotta say good job.
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:53 AM   #11
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damn it does look pretty good...
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:58 AM   #12
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Wow v2 DIY lip rocks!
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:30 AM   #13
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wow! props to you!
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Old 05-31-2008, 01:30 AM   #14
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V2 Ftw!!!!!!!
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:15 AM   #15
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Version 2 doesn't look DIY - looks like a real lip like V-limited hotness

awesome job
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:26 AM   #16
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very nice thinking!
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:43 AM   #17
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Wow that looks great. Hmm Bugeye anyone??
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:53 AM   #18
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^^^I am very curious to see if this works on other years too. Anyone who makes this work, be sure to post pictures.
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:00 AM   #19
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The double layer makes it look really smooth and even. Nice work!
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Old 05-31-2008, 03:47 AM   #20
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def looks better than og version on 04.
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Old 05-31-2008, 06:16 AM   #21
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but will it work on the best imprezas of all... the bugeyes?
That looks really good, but I don't think it will work as well on the bugeyes because of the shape of the bumper bottom, and the fact that the brake ducts are so close to the bottom edge. I'm sure with some custom fabrication, it could be made to work though. I'm sure NASIOC will find a way...

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Old 05-31-2008, 06:51 AM   #22
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nice work!
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Old 05-31-2008, 08:57 AM   #23
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awesome work, good thing about the double layer is that it covers up the scuffs and gashes in the bumper cover
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:49 AM   #24
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THAT rocks. I love my diy diffuser. dare i say, but it looks expensive. like the rally type lips
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:13 AM   #25
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wow nice, that is a lot easier than most the other DIY lips...most others require fiberglassing and such...good job on finding something simple that works great! I'll have to try this later this week.
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