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Old 06-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #12751
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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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Could you please post pics of what the Rally Armors look like on top of the Aeros?
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:47 PM   #12752
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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.
Have you installed a Fumoto on yours yet? Can you reach it without lifting the car? Can you just open the valve by reaching through the hole in the plastic tray that's beneath the car?
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:30 PM   #12753
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Could you please post pics of what the Rally Armors look like on top of the Aeros?
I took one quick tonight of the back but I'll take some more tomorrow in the daylight. Also, I can provide some pointers on installation. I took my time doing it and doing it right.

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Old 06-19-2012, 10:33 PM   #12754
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And side mirror turn signals...
And 33,000 dollar price tag!! (Canadian dollar equal to US these days). If they can stock the Imprezas with that stuff, then it should give us American owners some good mod ideas.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:37 PM   #12755
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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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Brian, do you mean regular splash guards, as in all brands of splash guards, or guards other than the more expensive Rally Armour? Also, how does it rub against the fender: from wind? causing friction? and scratching up the paint?
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:58 PM   #12756
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Brian, do you mean regular splash guards, as in all brands of splash guards, or guards other than the more expensive Rally Armour? Also, how does it rub against the fender: from wind? causing friction? and scratching up the paint?
Sorry I guess it was a bit of an open response, I was referring to the Subaru non aero mud Flaps available for our cars. Where they run vertically up and around the fender it's an area that could scratch as they move whereas the Rally Armor is flexible and easier to clean that fender area. I had a friend remove his on his VW and noticed a lot of scratching. Just what I had heard from him.

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Old 06-19-2012, 11:25 PM   #12757
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Have you installed a Fumoto on yours yet? Can you reach it without lifting the car? Can you just open the valve by reaching through the hole in the plastic tray that's beneath the car?
I have not installed a fumoto valve. I can reach the drain plug without lifting the car, so I'd imagine you'd be able to open and close the valve also if you can do it by feel, heh.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:43 PM   #12758
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I installed H9 bulbs last night (thanks flyboy for the tip). They're definitely brighter; I took before/after pics with my camera on manual mode to confirm.

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:05 AM   #12759
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I installed H9 bulbs last night (thanks flyboy for the tip). They're definitely brighter; I took before/after pics with my camera on manual mode to confirm.

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you sacrafice some life, but for like 18/pair well worth it!
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:25 AM   #12760
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you sacrafice some life, but for like 18/pair well worth it!
I just ordered a second pair so I'll have replacements when they burn out. I went with these so less than $15 for the pair:

Amazon.com: Philips H9 Standard Headlight Bulb, Pack of 1: AutomotiveAmazon.com: Philips H9 Standard Headlight Bulb, Pack of 1: Automotive
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:33 AM   #12761
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How is the light output of the H9's compaired to the HIR's?
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:57 AM   #12762
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What's up guys, I just bought my 2012 Impreza last month and want some insight into the modding lifestyle. Pictures of the stock sedan to come. I'm looking to put 17s and lowering it among other things. Any ideas?
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:06 AM   #12763
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How is the light output of the H9's compaired to the HIR's?
HIR would have a little more output, but you can only put those in the high beams. I can't see a way to put them in the low beams as the sockets are different.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:07 AM   #12764
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I just ordered a second pair so I'll have replacements when they burn out. I went with these so less than $15 for the pair:

Amazon.com: Philips H9 Standard Headlight Bulb, Pack of 1: Automotive
nice. Made in Germany? it seems like the Germans know how to make a light bulb, that is where my Osram (sylvania's) are made.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:12 AM   #12765
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nice. Made in Germany? it seems like the Germans know how to make a light bulb, that is where my Osram (sylvania's) are made.
China (but "designed in Germany" lol). If these burn out quick I'll have learned my lesson.

BTW to anybody installing these, wear rubber gloves or be very careful not to touch the bulb with your fingers; the oil on your skin will severely shorten the bulb life (true of any halogen bulb).
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:32 AM   #12766
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Yeah, PZEV is required in Oregon and Washington, too. No problem with the idea myself, but it is just another system to fail or potentially cause grief, which is not a rational argument against on my part
I should have said in my previous post that new orders were stopped on April 23, not production. They're still banging out the 2012's trying to catch up.
I could see someone wanting to hold out for a CrossTreck, for the higher ground clearance. I wonder if that will be a popular mod to the Imprezas, for those who travel logging roads, and what-not? As an Oregonian, I know I'd appreciate that higher clearance.
Don't forget that you have a longer warranty for emissions equipment. You now get 15 years/150K mile warranty!
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:39 AM   #12767
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Don't forget that you have a longer warranty for emissions equipment. You now get 15 years/150K mile warranty!
Only in states that require pzev. My state doesn't do i only get normal warranty even though i was forced to buy pzev
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:52 AM   #12768
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Only in states that require pzev. My state doesn't do i only get normal warranty even though i was forced to buy pzev
Interesting, I didn't realize that.

Well you're helping the environment, that should make you feel better.
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:54 AM   #12769
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Quick update regarding my headlight aim issue:

History: Aim of the headlights seemed kinda high to me based on my own visual perception. Was kind of confirmed after being beamed by several oncoming drivers.

Summary: Today took my car to local dealership. According to dealership, the headlights are adjusted within the acceptable parameters. My car was also compared side-by-side to two other Imprezas and all three had the same aim.

Anyone else have this issue come up?
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:10 AM   #12770
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Quick update regarding my headlight aim issue:

History: Aim of the headlights seemed kinda high to me based on my own visual perception. Was kind of confirmed after being beamed by several oncoming drivers.

Summary: Today took my car to local dealership. According to dealership, the headlights are adjusted within the acceptable parameters. My car was also compared side-by-side to two other Imprezas and all three had the same aim.

Anyone else have this issue come up?
So did they change it for you? Who cares if it's within standards. If you want it aimed lower, they should do that, right?
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:17 AM   #12771
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Don't forget that you have a longer warranty for emissions equipment. You now get 15 years/150K mile warranty!
Did not know that. What exactly is covered as emissions equipment?
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:55 AM   #12772
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Did not know that. What exactly is covered as emissions equipment?
It is in the warranty book iirc.

I think it is a little dumb that if you have pzev in a non-required state you get housed by having the federally required warranty on emissions rather then the pzev warranty which is longer.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:29 AM   #12773
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What does a PZEV have that makes it different?
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:09 AM   #12774
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What does a PZEV have that makes it different?
All Foresters and Imprezas are required to have clean burning PZEV emissions starting with April 2012 production.
The EPA says a PZEV is clean running gas engine car based on emissions testing for carbon-containing compounds, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, and other tailpipe nastiness.
It is required on 2012 Imprezas sold in CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VT, WA.
It costs $300
1. A charcoal canister catches unburned gas left in the engine when it's turned off so it doesn't just evaporate.
2. Fuel injectors that close tighter when they're not in use.
3. A finer mesh in the catalytic converter, as well as optimized placement.
4. The engine's electronic brain is tuned to run hot at start up to help the catalytic converter heat up so it can start doing its job faster.
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #12775
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All Foresters and Imprezas are required to have clean burning PZEV emissions starting with April 2012 production.
The EPA says a PZEV is clean running gas engine car based on emissions testing for carbon-containing compounds, oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter, and other tailpipe nastiness.
It is required on 2012 Imprezas sold in CA, CT, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OR, PA, VT, WA.
It costs $300
1. A charcoal canister catches unburned gas left in the engine when it's turned off so it doesn't just evaporate.
2. Fuel injectors that close tighter when they're not in use.
3. A finer mesh in the catalytic converter, as well as optimized placement.
4. The engine's electronic brain is tuned to run hot at start up to help the catalytic converter heat up so it can start doing its job faster.
Item 4 appears to be accomplished by burning enormous amounts of gas in the first 3 miles of driving, resulting in the major hit on fuel economy for the inner City folks that are doing short errand type driving or really short commutes.
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