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Old 07-09-2009, 12:18 AM   #151
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Better bigger pictures please! Wheel and tire specs would be nice too.

Do you have to remove the entire strut to install springs or can you unbolt it from the towers and pull it down? Did you get an alignment after?
Newbie here with posting pics. I'm posting from Flickr and their defaulting to the size you see. If anyone knows a better way let me know.

As for the specs, I don't have springs on yet that's Magic Marker's ride. Specs on my wheel/tire setup is:

Rota D2 18x8 +48
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I just put the wheels and tires on a week ago but so far so good. Here's more pics - sorry about the size.

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Old 07-09-2009, 09:44 AM   #152
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Heres how my 08 OBS sits on BC coils

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Old 07-09-2009, 10:06 AM   #153
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Heres how my 08 OBS sits on BC coils

Damn that's low, but it looks really good. How's the ride? Also, what did you use to yellow out the fogs?
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Old 07-09-2009, 02:23 PM   #154
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The ride is awesome, not to rough. I used yellow stained glass paint, looks cool at night.
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:33 AM   #155
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35% is a classy shade I think, but go darker in the back. Helps with headlight glare at night.

This is 35 on the sides and 20 in back:

I was noticing the back end of the car is different, meaning the tail lights are red, not clear and silver. Is this an 08 or did you mod that?
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Old 07-10-2009, 05:44 AM   #156
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I was noticing the back end of the car is different, meaning the tail lights are red, not clear and silver. Is this an 08 or did you mod that?
I'm sure he either bought the vinyl overlays or painted them. They have never come stock like that.
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:34 AM   #157
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Well, just jumping on this thread as part of my research of the OBS as I am looking to buy an '09. I know this is kind of a weird question, but had to ask. Anyone running the Subaru splash/mud guards, how do you think they work?

I can see the point of the RA ones and they seem like they would be effective, but I really like the look of the OEM ones MUCH better - especially in body color to match the car.

I was just wondering if they would be worth it as I am putting together a list of items I want on the car when I get it.

Also, how are the stock tires in the winter? I saw the one with the Blizzaks on them. I bet that thing will go through anything. I drive a 2003 Crown Vic that I ran the WS-60 on last winter and never had an issue. Just curious how the stock OBS tires are in snow, slush, and ice?

Thanks for your time and great looking cars all!

(P.S.: Is there another OBS thread somewhere or is this it?)

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Old 07-12-2009, 01:47 AM   #158
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The oem ones won't work as well, but they do look pretty nice. You can get them on subarugenuineparts.com for a reasonable price if the car does not come with it. Feel free to look at what else is available for oem parts that you can install yourself.

Personally I put some $11 autozone mud flaps on my car and I'm very happy with them.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:32 AM   #159
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Agreed ^^
The OEM flaps do a whole lot of nothing. I love my RA UR's and wouldn't put anything else on it. Subaru paint is so bad that I thought the extra protection was worth it.

As for the OEM tires, they were fine in NJ winters. I never had any slipping or gripping issues. If I had a garage to store winter rims/ tires I would do it, but I didn't have any problems with just the stockers.
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:58 AM   #160
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I run OEM flaps in the summer and RA flaps in the winter
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:48 AM   #161
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I run OEM flaps in the summer and RA flaps in the winter
Do the OEM and RA's use the same mounting points? And do you swap them out completely or just add the RA's with the OEM's?

Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2009, 12:22 PM   #162
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The RA's use the same mounting points as the stockers except that the rears use an additional "clip" that is supplied with the RA's. These extra clips are made from steel and it is highly recommended that you coat them with undercoating or chip guard or an anti-rust paint (let them dry thouroughly) before installing them.

You exchange the stockers for the RA's. It's either, or, not both.

I have the RA's and leave them on all year. Why change them? They are bigger than the stockers and provide more coverage from dirt, stones, sand, gravel, snow, ice, mud, etc.
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:29 PM   #163
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Big-E: Thanks the that input. Definitely gives me something to think about.

Question on the RA's: For the new cars they show to offer just the "Basic" and the new Poly ones. What are people choosing for their newer Impreza's?
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Old 07-12-2009, 04:03 PM   #164
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Big-E: Thanks the that input. Definitely gives me something to think about.

Question on the RA's: For the new cars they show to offer just the "Basic" and the new Poly ones. What are people choosing for their newer Impreza's?
I have the Urethane ones. They are extremely flexible even in the dead of winter.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:13 AM   #165
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Listen to everyone when they say that subaru paint is horrible. No automatic carwashes! I paid about $140 for the Rally Armor UR flaps. They totally saved my car from tons of salt and grime in the winter. Ohio roads are more salty than snowy! I can post a pic once I get to my other computer.

The only downside to the RA flaps- is that once I moved to LA-I backed over the rear passenger side while parallel parking and it toally ripped off the car. I had it sticking out at the furthest setting. All the hardware is in the wheelwell still attached, I just have some slits in the top of the flap from where the screws pulled through. Not sure how to reattach securely, so im running with 3 flaps now haha.

The stock tires are fine for going forward in winter, its coming to a stop that you gotta really worry about!
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #166
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The RA's use the same mounting points as the stockers except that the rears use an additional "clip" that is supplied with the RA's. These extra clips are made from steel and it is highly recommended that you coat them with undercoating or chip guard or an anti-rust paint (let them dry thouroughly) before installing them.

You exchange the stockers for the RA's. It's either, or, not both.

I have the RA's and leave them on all year. Why change them? They are bigger than the stockers and provide more coverage from dirt, stones, sand, gravel, snow, ice, mud, etc.
The only reason I changed them was because the basic flaps that I had were all miss shaped after only one winter so im ordering a set of the poly's for next winter.
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Old 07-13-2009, 03:26 PM   #167
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Well, just jumping on this thread as part of my research of the OBS as I am looking to buy an '09. I know this is kind of a weird question, but had to ask. Anyone running the Subaru splash/mud guards, how do you think they work?

I can see the point of the RA ones and they seem like they would be effective, but I really like the look of the OEM ones MUCH better - especially in body color to match the car.

I was just wondering if they would be worth it as I am putting together a list of items I want on the car when I get it.

Also, how are the stock tires in the winter? I saw the one with the Blizzaks on them. I bet that thing will go through anything. I drive a 2003 Crown Vic that I ran the WS-60 on last winter and never had an issue. Just curious how the stock OBS tires are in snow, slush, and ice?

Thanks for your time and great looking cars all!

(P.S.: Is there another OBS thread somewhere or is this it?)
I put OEM flaps on my 2.5i last fall. Other than appearance, the only difference I've found is that in typical rain, snow, wet, muddy conditions (street) the /// marks behind the tires on the body of the car are minimal, as compared to fairly noticeable without them. I didn't get them for protection anyway. Almost two years old, 52k miles, and no problems with my paint at all (DGM), flaps or no flaps.

I think I got them from subgenparts and paid about $70. Easy as cake with instructions and parts to put them on. Didn't even take the wheels off to do it. Just get yourself an S-style screwdriver and it's a breeze.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:45 PM   #168
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I was noticing the back end of the car is different, meaning the tail lights are red, not clear and silver. Is this an 08 or did you mod that?
vinyl overlays from bluebatmobile.net
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:49 PM   #169
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You exchange the stockers for the RA's. It's either, or, not both.

I have the RA's and leave them on all year. Why change them? They are bigger than the stockers and provide more coverage from dirt, stones, sand, gravel, snow, ice, mud, etc.
I'm rocking the OEM splash guards with the RA fronts... see pic above.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:21 PM   #170
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I love my '08 OBS. It's driven only during winter. Best winter car. Period.

Mine is bone stock except for 15" OEM alloys with Bridgestone Blizzaks WS-60.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:33 AM   #171
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I have two winters in my OBS with the stock tires and they perform very well.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:33 AM   #172
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Not a whole lot of OBS owners out there, huh? Would love to see people posting up more pictures here!
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:09 AM   #173
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Just picked up my OBS yesterday!



Need to do some customizing, like tint and a clear front cover. Maybe some RA flaps and new tires....
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:13 AM   #174
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Just picked up my OBS yesterday!



Need to do some customizing, like tint and a clear front cover. Maybe some RA flaps and new tires....
Nice looking car! I have to say, the OEM wheels on the OBS are very good looking - in my opinion. One of the things I really like about the car. Can't wait to get the Vic sold so I can move on a deal on one of these!
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:17 AM   #175
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Thanks! I think they look okay, but I think I'd like to change them. Ultimately, I think I'll be cheap and just leave the stock wheels on.
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