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Old 03-16-2012, 09:41 PM   #51
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so...after few month I'm returning to my abandoned project. My fenders are pulled, 3M tape is not gonna do S..t so I guess I have to attach the flares with the rivets
Or you can be cool like me and affix them with JB Weld
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:45 PM   #52
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Window urethane works great.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:57 PM   #53
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I went to the link but says. Listing Ended. Does that mean there not selling no more
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:24 PM   #54
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It means you bumped a thread that was bumped by a guy that bumped it from a year ago
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:13 PM   #55
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I am bumping this again, because it is the only remotely comprehensive thread regarding these flares at all.

I see a few points missing that ought to be mentioned:

02-05 Imprezas are beginning to rust at the fender/bumper mounts across the globe. This is a great solution to rough repair. The upper sections of the kit allow about 2" of overlap with the stock body panels, allowing some freedom to cut out rust/weld/fill...etc.

Bayson*R's kit does not include the bumper flare... and it should.
The true Subaru branded kit includes a small piece which is mounted to the bumper, flush with it's mate-top piece.

Also, urethane is horrible to paint without a sprayer, flex agent, a flexible clearcoat, and a humidity/temperature controlled painting area.
Cost of that alone means you might consider FRP or carbon for this part.

There are several vendors with replicas available, some are better than the original. One is ChargeSpeed, and the warranty alone is worth the extra coin IMO.

I had Bayson's replica ProDrive lip, and paint fractured long before it eventually split and got loose. I replaced it with a ChargeSpeed V2 bumper, and really enjoyed the fitment/ease of preparation...

thus my recent purchase of the CS flare kit.

it is 4 pieces, fits flawlessly without prep, and can be installed relatively quickly and easily.

Mounting hardware is not included, but this install should require nothing more than some fender screws (8 total) and a good quantity of high-quality epoxy (WestMarine System 500 is terrific, fast, and usually stronger than the material it bonds).

Also, if you do choose urethane, good epoxy adds stiffness which protects paint from fracturing in cold weather. Carbon chips and does not take to repairs in a friendly manner... FRP is pretty good stuff, as long as it is not single layered, or overly sculpted (this chips like fiberglass, same trouble).

I will post up some pics as I prepare and finish this installation.
There ought to be a how-to, being that this is a great DIY with rewarding results, even for a beginner in the body-work arena.

Seibon, ChargeSpeed, ExtremeDimensions, Bodykits.com, and a few others have this item... I got mine from Batter - n - Dough, a composites fabricator in the midwest who is also a CS vendor. Excellent quality, beautiful packaging and shipping... and about $200 shipped. The ChargeSpeed bits come gelcoated and presanded, and fit the car perfectly without any reworking or grinding. Presanding the mating surfaces and sourcing materials (glue/screws) is all that is required, so once you own them, be prepared for another $150 in paint and parts, but good luck getting STi flares in any color but black from your dealership... the WRX specific flares are no longer available, and STi ones are all they've got. The STi specific flare kit fits a WRX, but it takes too much to make it work. I recommend the WRX specific kit with all 4 pieces. The lower 2 pieces create a flowing line in the rear that only happens on the WRX (WRX = pretty/stylish , STi = because race car) The STi is stuck with either custom fabbing of this part, or ordering a bumper from a more recent model... PITA if all you want is to get your 265mm rims out of traffic.

Instead of rim rash, you'll have bodywork... and you will know how to fix it. Bonus.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:20 PM   #56
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The true Subaru branded kit includes a small piece which is mounted to the bumper, flush with it's mate-top piece.
What? No. The OEM Subaru Flares mate up to an 05-07 STI Specific Bumper.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:42 PM   #57
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Wish these fit a wagon, I'd rock the sedan fenders and these just to give the rear a little action.

that sounded dirty
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #58
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Actually, the flares fit both model year versions (sedan), there is a 1/4" overhang on an 02, that does not happen with the later version bumper. I experienced that as mentioned in previous posts, but found it was not worth mentioning a tiny shaving job like that to a room full of folks who sound pretty down with the dynamics of body work.

The wagon benefits greatly from a sedan rear end graft, but it needs to go to the axles.
The cosmetic end of it allows a wider wheel with proper offset, while the longer axle will further extend the track of the car. I believe the wagon is only 10mm or 15mm shorter in the rear on each side, but I would rather have the right hub/axle combo than spacers or a wierd rim offset anyday.

Glad you pointed out my error though... the 05-07 flares are also listed as a different item than the ones I have, which are 02-03 only according to the product description.
Also, mine are not Subaru branded parts. ChargeSpeed is super particular that you order the right pieces, even though a lot of them are the same item with different labeling in the warehouse. Keeping organized has kept them at the top of the game, and they will actually speak to you and help you if you have a question... unlike 90%...

If you have the patience and tools, it's probably not too rough to put flares on a wagon... I'd do the two piece version (unless the one piece ones I am seeing are missing the lower half?) for the 02-03 if you have a Bugeye wagon though, and bring a Dremel, some Dolphin Glaze and be ready to seal it and head straight to paint. Buying painted pieces and sticking them on looks like butt. Mould that stuff in. French it, blend it, unify the lines until it looks like it came that way from the dealer's lot... IMHO otherwise it looks like a Geo.

My dealership does not offer them for 02-03, I'm not usually afraid of things not fitting at first. I saw a few oddities in design, but all of them benefit the installation. The extra material on the door end of the larger flare portion allows some flexibility as to how hard the piece is tucked into the rocker during adhesive application. The smaller flare piece looks like doo-doo unless you complete the kit with the louver caps that mount on the bumper corners on each side of the rear underbody diffuser panel. Frankly it's sort of a setup that forces a multitude of mods, as once one is completed, the ease of installation of the next piece is increasingly easier, cheaper, and if you do all of it, looks pretty rockin', and sets up air flow that lets the car hang out at vastly higher speeds with a confident stance ready for sharp action.

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Old 02-27-2014, 03:59 PM   #59
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i hate to bring up an old thread but I actually have a pair of the fender flares mentioned in the beginning waiting to go on, I couldn't find anywhere that had a 2 piece set that came with the extra piece for the rear bumper so that it would blend into it.

anybody thought of or tried sanding down the flare a little to help taper the edge so that it blends a little better? or know where to order just the bottom pieces before I start trying to sand and paint these
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:12 PM   #60
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I would like a measurement of how tall they are, in the top dead center of the wheel well. I have some dents right at the lip of the wheel well and wondering if these would cover them up. Would whoever has them take a measurement for me?
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:31 AM   #61
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I got rid of these long time ago. I'm running OEM STI flares now.
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