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Old 06-18-2012, 01:24 PM   #12726
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What costs 5k more than a BRZ?
He's saying the WRX costs more than the BRZ.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #12727
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I think that is to keep water from getting in there. Im sure it gets enough air from below.
I agree. If you look at the plastic piece behind the grille that is blocking the front of the air inlet, you'll see that it's not part of the grille at all but is a separate piece altogether. It has vertical slots cut in it (directly in front of the air inlet) and surrounds the inlet with rubber gaskets to ensure that all of the air is channeled from underneath. My last car (03 Honda Accord) had a restrictive U-shaped snorkel for the same reason but I like Subaru's solution much much better.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #12728
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Anyone know where the headlight aim adjustment screw/knob is located? Seems that my headlights are not properly adjusted as I've noticed the aim is a bit high and I keep getting flashed by oncoming drivers. Only thing in the manual I've found is the self leveling HID lights And yes, I've done a search and nothing came up for our cars. Thanks in advance.
Check the driver's side housing. One adjuster is open to the air, it takes a phillips screwdriver. The other adjuster is covered, and you need to pry it off. The passenger side is harder to get to.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:40 AM   #12729
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Check the driver's side housing. One adjuster is open to the air, it takes a phillips screwdriver. The other adjuster is covered, and you need to pry it off. The passenger side is harder to get to.
I made an appointment and will be taking it into a subie dealership to have it adjusted tomorrow. HOwever, thanks, this is good to know though. For my other cars, I was able to find the adjustment screw pretty easily, but just had a heck of time finding it for this car.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:04 AM   #12730
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He's saying the WRX costs more than the BRZ.
That's what I got out of it. Though the cheapest WRX is only $100 more than the cheapest BRZ.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #12731
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Sorry for duplication if anyone has already mentioned this, but I wanted to post that I noticed that WeatherTech.com FINALLY has the Digital Fit Floor Liners now available for the 2012 Impreza!!

However, currently, only the front row is available. So I called their customer service and the friendly operator checked and said that the 2nd row is under development and will be available in 1-2 months.

Perfect timing for me, will be available just in time for the 2013 I'm waiting for.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:49 AM   #12732
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Do you know what the final price will be for both the front and rear WeatherTech digital fit liners?
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:02 PM   #12733
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I've had rubber-only floor mats and quickly went back to rubber backed carpet.

Carpeted mats trap water/slush better, and dry much faster due to the wicking action and greatly increased surface area. A standing puddle takes much more time to dry.

Also, my left heel eventually wears through the rubber mat after so much clutching, which just turns it into a funnel that dumps all that salty slush through to the floor pan in one spot.

Even if carpeted mats wear through, the carpet will stop most of the leakage.

Then there's that base-model-fleet-pickup-truck feeling of the rubber. I'll just replace my stockers with stockers when the time comes.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:07 PM   #12734
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Did they say if they were going to make a liner for the rear of the hatch? I had full liners in my 9-7x, and they were nice. But they can become very pricey.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #12735
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I'm probably going to be buying an Impreza Sport Premium 5-door this evening, and am making my final decisions on options to add.

I know this is a matter of opinion, but what is the general feeling toward the Aero splash guards? I know that people who are looking for maximum protection and don't mind a rally look prefer the Rally Armor style of mud flaps, but I don't care for that look myself.

So let me ask this question solely from the perspective of cosmetics rather than performance. Do people who have the Aero guards like the look? I think they give the car a more aggressive appearance, which is appropriate with the aggressive look of the headlights and hood creases. I also like the way the rear guards take the visual line created by the rocker panels and continue it behind the rear wheels.

This car does not have the Aero guards installed:




And this car does have the Aero guards (and is the color of the car I'm probably buying tonight):



I look forward to your opinions. Don't worry, you won't hurt my feelings either way.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #12736
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Do you know what the final price will be for both the front and rear WeatherTech digital fit liners?
The fronts are $100. She said they won't know the price of rears until they are released (depends on the size/complexity), but judging from many similar-sized cars (including the 2011 Impreza), it is likely that they will be $170 for both the front and back.

Shipping is free for the rears when you order the fronts together.

Also, they (at least used to) offer a 5% AAA discount if you call the 800# to order (discount not available on-line).
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:16 PM   #12737
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Did they say if they were going to make a liner for the rear of the hatch? I had full liners in my 9-7x, and they were nice. But they can become very pricey.
Didn't ask - Subaru already makes an OEM full floorliner for the cargo area; no value added to me to get the WeatherTech version.

This is in contrast to the OEM Subaru rubber floor mats, that are worthless to me because they do not rise up on the sides to cover the carpet near the sills and dead pedal, and do not cover the hump in the second row.

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Old 06-19-2012, 01:37 PM   #12738
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I'm probably going to be buying an Impreza Sport Premium 5-door this evening, and am making my final decisions on options to add.

I know this is a matter of opinion, but what is the general feeling toward the Aero splash guards? I know that people who are looking for maximum protection and don't mind a rally look prefer the Rally Armor style of mud flaps, but I don't care for that look myself.

So let me ask this question solely from the perspective of cosmetics rather than performance. Do people who have the Aero guards like the look? I think they give the car a more aggressive appearance, which is appropriate with the aggressive look of the headlights and hood creases. I also like the way the rear guards take the visual line created by the rocker panels and continue it behind the rear wheels.

This car does not have the Aero guards installed:




And this car does have the Aero guards (and is the color of the car I'm probably buying tonight):



I look forward to your opinions. Don't worry, you won't hurt my feelings either way.
I'm contemplating the same issues. It is just opinion, and I'm a non educated noob on a lot of this, but here's my thoughts, since you asked . I haven't seen the aero guards in action. They don't look all that functional, with their subtle form. The Rally Armour to some is kind of hokey, but I like them fine. I disagree with you that the guards look more aggressive. I think the flaps have a functional aggressiveness to the look. Somehow more authentic for what a mud guard is supposed to be there for. They definitely work, keeping the mud streaks off the paint down there. I read in one thread (can't remember the name of it, but I may have been researching "Install Mud Flaps" or "What mud guards are the Best?", and a fellow commented that he was surprised and disappointed by the mud guards because they clogged up with mud and funk. I imagine a trip to the mountain to ski would clog them up pretty good. Don't know if it matters with the all-wheel drive, but it might be an issue in the wheel wells. That's the only other commentary I've been able to find. I think the Rally Armour makes a little more sense if you use your car for camping, or driving on logging roads, or the beach, or somewhere with more risk of side-spray of muck. If you're primarily on the street and rarely in the outback (no pun intended) than go for the look of the mud guards. Some people might just leave it bare and clear plastic coat it down there to avoid chips.

PS. I don't really see the style difference/appearance enhancement of the overpriced mud guards. I'd go replaceable mud flaps for functionality/rally look, and buy an underlip spoiler if you're looking to augment the street "racer" look of the front end. My .02.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:39 PM   #12739
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I'm probably going to be buying an Impreza Sport Premium 5-door this evening, and am making my final decisions on options to add.

I know this is a matter of opinion, but what is the general feeling toward the Aero splash guards? I know that people who are looking for maximum protection and don't mind a rally look prefer the Rally Armor style of mud flaps, but I don't care for that look myself.

So let me ask this question solely from the perspective of cosmetics rather than performance. Do people who have the Aero guards like the look? I think they give the car a more aggressive appearance, which is appropriate with the aggressive look of the headlights and hood creases. I also like the way the rear guards take the visual line created by the rocker panels and continue it behind the rear wheels.

This car does not have the Aero guards installed:




And this car does have the Aero guards (and is the color of the car I'm probably buying tonight):



I look forward to your opinions. Don't worry, you won't hurt my feelings either way.
I have the areo guards on mine (DGM) and it is a nicer look IMHO. They don't cover spray completely though. Since the rear bottom panel is plastic you don't really need big mud flaps to keep rust from starting on the bottom so it's really more of what look do you want.
I like how the rear areo splash guards fill in the back and brings the bottom lines together.. If it was an Outback I'd say sure get the mudflaps but on the Impreza which is more urban in style than county the mudflaps look a bit dorky - again IMHO

There is also what is called a strake kit for the rear bodyside molding and I spent some time trying to figure out what it is for, the answer is nothing. It just adds some plastic to duplicate the lines of the front aero spash. Since there is no splashing on the inside rear area and just cover the bodyside molding they perform no function. I'll pass on them and spend the money on the sport grill which I really like.

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Old 06-19-2012, 01:42 PM   #12740
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I haven't decided yet between the stock non sport splash guards (i have a sport so modifying the front well be necessary) or rally armor, but i do think it needs something.

Anyone try to put the regular splash guards on a sport?
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:52 PM   #12741
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My opinion is sticking more expensive plastic on the car won't improve the performance, and the aero mud guards, if you get them, are so insignificant in the amount that they hang down that they are totally worthless.

But that's just my opinion.
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:52 PM   #12742
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I got the aero guards and while they're not super functional, I like the look, especially the rear guards. I initially held off on buying the underspoiler and roof spoiler, but once I got the car I decided it would look better with them, and after installing them, I'm very glad I did. Pics of my car: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...postcount=1014
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:04 PM   #12743
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Since the oil filter is accessible from the top of the engine compartment on these cars, how many of you are using an oil extractor through the dip stick tube so that you don't have to raise the front end at all when doing an oil change?

I know, many people are purists and say they like getting under the car so that they can look around at CV joints, etc. My response is that I can do that twice/year when I switch between summer and winter tires (which **requires** jacking the car).

So for an oil change, I'm thinking top-side with an extractor would be fast, clean, and convenient. Thoughts?
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:12 PM   #12744
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Since the oil filter is accessible from the top of the engine compartment on these cars, how many of you are using an oil extractor through the dip stick tube so that you don't have to raise the front end at all when doing an oil change?

I know, many people are purists and say they like getting under the car so that they can look around at CV joints, etc. My response is that I can do that twice/year when I switch between summer and winter tires (which **requires** jacking the car).

So for an oil change, I'm thinking top-side with an extractor would be fast, clean, and convenient. Thoughts?
The drain plug is in a pretty easy to reach place. Even driving up on 2x10 boards might be enough for changing the oil. A Fumoto valve is another option to make it easier.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #12745
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The drain plug is in a pretty easy to reach place. Even driving up on 2x10 boards might be enough for changing the oil. A Fumoto valve is another option to make it easier.
i can reach the drain plugs without any lift. of course, i haven't tried to loosen it yet, but will report back soon.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:04 PM   #12746
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My opinion is sticking more expensive plastic on the car won't improve the performance, and the aero mud guards, if you get them, are so insignificant in the amount that they hang down that they are totally worthless.

But that's just my opinion.
even the regular subaru splash guards?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:35 PM   #12747
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If that one on the left of your pic was open, I think the engine would have about an extremely short life expectancy in a touch free car wash literally blasting water in there.
On my last car. I had a cold air intake. And it was exposed. I have driven through many heavy rain storms and my car has 80+K miles on it.
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:21 PM   #12748
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Old 06-19-2012, 08:32 PM   #12749
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I haven't decided yet between the stock non sport splash guards (i have a sport so modifying the front well be necessary) or rally armor, but i do think it needs something.

Anyone try to put the regular splash guards on a sport?

I have a DGM Sport with the Aero Splash Guards, I drive on a job site every day and the car has mud all over it. The aero splash guards are definitely more form over function. They do their job to an extent but not good enough. I just installed Rally Armor over top the aero splash guards this weekend and it's a world of difference not having mud all over the sides. I don't like the regular splash guards because they will rub on the outside of the fender where they attach. Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Old 06-19-2012, 08:33 PM   #12750
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