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Old 06-10-2002, 08:41 PM   #1
mkgcars
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Default Looking for flat panel to replace Impreza 2dr RS Hood Scoop. Other basic Q's

As this is a non-functional scoop at this point I'm investigating whether anyone supplies a bolt in panel to replace the stock RS hood scoop.

Another age-old question: Does the stock L spoiler of the '98-'01 era use the same bolt holes as the '00 RS spoiler?

Any tips on bike racks which work with the stock '00 RS wing?

One more: Anyone aware of a fold-down seat kit for the 2 dr RS models? Has anyone had their rear seat modified to have a fold-down center which ski's could be put through.

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[Basically I wouldn't use a roof rack enough to bother - and I don't like there look that much. I'd rather go to a lower spoiler and put a bike rack on the trunk temporarily - and my Bones rack won't go over or under the '00 RS spoiler. I've been taking the seat back out when I need to drive to bike - but I'm growing tired of that.
On the seat modification: I ski a lot but leave them at my buddies house and I only put them in the car 2-3 times a season. I still ski some long boards, which do fit, but it's just more chance to scratch up the interior. So figured it's worth asking.
If there were a fold-down seat kit then that might solve both - although I still don't like loading a muddy bike inside if I can help it. -mg]
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Old 06-10-2002, 10:53 PM   #2
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Well you could always go to a body shop and have them turn the hood scoop around, unblock it, and then get better airflow through the engine compartment. Also, have you considered getting a rack that mounts on top of your car? I use a Yakima for my snowboard in the winter, and I know Thule makes em for our car as well.

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Old 06-11-2002, 12:06 AM   #3
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I'm not convinced that air will exit with the scoop turned around. It's at nearly the same point as the ventilation system intake (bottom of windshield)

I do agree that aerodynamically a flat panel is better and it can also be lighter. Here's mine...



Fiberglas sheet cut to the hole size with 1/2 inch nylon spacers and screws/nuts. I'm chasing around WRX's on the track so am losing as much weight as possible.

There are trailer hitch bike/ski racks. I've used one for years and now have one on my wife's OBW. Hitch was about $120 online and rack about $100 at a local bike shop.

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Old 06-11-2002, 04:45 PM   #4
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Default Thanks for the replies... Jack: was adding the hitch a bolt-on DIY ?

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I may have to drive out to Hopkington for a lesson on building that panel (currently living in Littleton).

I hadn't thought of a trailer-hitch rack. If I shop it right then the cost would be about the same as buying a lower spoiler (w/paint,shipping) and using my current rack. Hmmm. Will have to check around on some prices.
Jack - was the trailer hitch a bolt-on item?

I must admit I still have it in my head to go with a spoiler that has a 'lower' profile - but will fully consider the hitch idea (added bonus - less scratches on the trunk).

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Old 06-11-2002, 04:54 PM   #5
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Matt,

I bought the bike rack over 10 years ago, so it's pretty much free for me now. I did a search and bought a "hidden hitch" from a company I found online. They had one on line for $139 which was class 2. I asked if they had a class 1 and they did. I think it was $119. I mounted it myself...I think 4 bolts. I also sell the hitch when I sell the car.....anyone need a 98 Blazer class 3 hitch?

Let me know if you want to take a look at the panel instal. I work out of the house (for now).

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Old 06-11-2002, 05:11 PM   #6
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for the hood, you'd be better of getting an L hood, rather than covering up that current hole (if you're thinking in terms of aerodynamics).

As for the fold down seats, I haven't heard of any. I know people tried the Legacy rears, but i don't know if that worked...
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