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Old 05-08-2012, 05:01 PM   #26
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That gap looks perfectly normal im comparing it to my 2012 and i dont see any differance.
a little hard to see from this pic but it fits better than his. the gap shouldn't be that large.

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Old 05-08-2012, 05:05 PM   #27
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Yeah its hard for me to tell with the close up view and a pulled back view. I think the gap looks to be bigger on his pic cause he took the picture like 6 inches from the bumber this one is like 3 feet away.
Regardless i guess op can bring it to a dealer for peace of mind.
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:46 PM   #28
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I took my bumper off to install my air horns and the rightside is doing that same thing it's kind of annoying to look at
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Old 05-10-2012, 10:57 PM   #29
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I went to the dealer yesterday to have it looked at and luckily they had another wrx there to compare it to. The corner by the headlights was def un even on mine so I am taking it on Saturday. The passenger side corner is also rubbing against the headlight causing it to scuff the paint so they said they will figure out how to fix it. The corners don't look horrible but after comparing them to the other one they had, something is wrong on mine. Hopefully the bumper doesn't get scratched more by whoever works on it .I am so anal. Does anyone else do a full walk around anytime your car was out of your hands and sight?
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:26 PM   #30
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I don't know if this helps or not, but couple of weeks ago I retrofitted my 11 headlights and when I was putting the lights back on there was a little play and I got the passenger light kind of crooked and couldn't put the bumper back in the right spot, so I unbolted the headlight and made sure the bolts are actually lined up and going all the way in and it worked... maybe take your headlight off and put it back in and see if that was the problem
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:30 PM   #31
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I don't know if this helps or not, but couple of weeks ago I retrofitted my 11 headlights and when I was putting the lights back on there was a little play and I got the passenger light kind of crooked and couldn't put the bumper back in the right spot, so I unbolted the headlight and made sure the bolts are actually lined up and going all the way in and it worked... maybe take your headlight off and put it back in and see if that was the problem
Was it only in one spot like mine though? Everything is lining up nicely its just the corners right below the headlights. Was that the same as yours?
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:35 PM   #32
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it was the same area but I couldn't even snap it in to see if the gap is big or not..
did u maybe bake the headlight with the little bracket still attached to it and it formed out of shape? just throwing ideas out there...
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:40 PM   #33
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Took the bracket off. Everything looks perfect. Maybe it could be the headlights on a little off. I started putting them back on with the bolt on top. Could thay really be it? I even took the passenger one off again but no real change though. Maybe I should mess with it again.
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Old 05-10-2012, 11:52 PM   #34
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you know the bolts are not straight all the way, the have about 4mm of thicker section before the top of the bolt, I had one of those wrong and the whole light was off just a tiny bit, and if you do it wrong, you can still tighten it up, so recheck those if the dealer couldn't figure it out
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:00 AM   #35
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Sigh, sounds like I will be taking the bumper off tomorrow to try again lol.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:19 PM   #36
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Did you ever figure this out? This just happened to me today on my driver's side when I was swapping out my fog light bulbs. I pulled the bumper to the side to reach in there and now I can't snap that one clip in. Getting OCD about it.
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Old 06-17-2012, 01:36 AM   #37
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mine did that too so i had to take off the plastic brackets that the bumper snaps onto and cut off a little from the top of the tallest tabs and the bumper fit great!
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:09 PM   #38
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mine did that too so i had to take off the plastic brackets that the bumper snaps onto and cut off a little from the top of the tallest tabs and the bumper fit great!
Do you have a picture of what you changed? I am having the same issue.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #39
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In short...he's right. I'll post pictures later. The tab closest to the headlight is literally touching the fender. So if you have this problem...well, you are already screwed, because you just bent the little piece of bumper plastic that would loop around the tab. Now you need to bend it back. So I went ahead and trimmed these tabs...unfortunately they don't really grip the bumper by the headlight very well now, and I only trimmed it a hair. But the bumper isn't sticking out anymore, but I do have one side that the bumper is touching or nearly touching the headlight. The only way I can see doing this correctly is to take out the fender liner and tighten the mounting bracket after the bumper is attached. That would completely fix the problem. And be a total PITA.

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Old 06-19-2012, 11:51 PM   #40
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i am also having this issue. the d-side lower light edge is now slightly scraping the paint on the bumper. sheesh.

here are some pics -

good side (passenger)




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Old 06-20-2012, 10:40 PM   #41
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so after taking it to a local body shop, they suggested i get a new retainer plate or something to that effect. it's the strip of clips that the bumper attaches to. it's cheap as heck. i am just hoping the slots on the bumper aren't messed up causing this. it's a brand new car.

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Old 06-21-2012, 09:28 AM   #42
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so after taking it to a local body shop, they suggested i get a new retainer plate or something to that effect. it's the strip of clips that the bumper attaches to. it's cheap as heck. i am just hoping the slots on the bumper aren't messed up causing this. it's a brand new car - the bumper was off to be painted so i can't imagine the first shop who painted it would have messed it up that bad so quickly but we'll see.
That's cool and all, but did they tell you how they were going to actually get the bumper over the tab by the headlight? I'm serious...it isn't happening unless you screw the retainer plate in AFTER the bumper is installed.

Also...do you have the part numbers? That was the only reason I didn't feel bad about clipping the tab...it was obviously an inexpensive plastic part that could easily be replaced.
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:29 PM   #44
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That's cool and all, but did they tell you how they were going to actually get the bumper over the tab by the headlight? I'm serious...it isn't happening unless you screw the retainer plate in AFTER the bumper is installed.

Also...do you have the part numbers? That was the only reason I didn't feel bad about clipping the tab...it was obviously an inexpensive plastic part that could easily be replaced.
i have one side that is giving trouble, the left side. they remove the bumper completely, replace this so-called retainer plate on the left side, pictured here (someone else's pic)
and put the bumper back. at that point, as long as the actual female slots on the bumper aren't messed up, it will look perfect like the left side already does. the bumper was taken off the car for paint at another body shop and somehow they got the right side correct and the left side wrong. i am not sure what you are talking about when you say that something needs to be screwed in after the bumper is installed.

i don't have a part number yet but the body shop apparently did receive it today so i'll know tomorrow.

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that looks to be it but unfortunately they don't give part numbers on these sites so i can't cross it yet with the one that the body shop received. but i'm going to troll some other parts sites to see if that does show up with a P/N.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:09 PM   #45
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If you have tried to push it on, and it did not seat properly, then you probably already bent the bumper slot where it connects to the top tab. I looked closely at this thing. I even tried pushing the tab with a screwdriver to get some space for the bumper slot to fit over it. It wasn't happening. The bumper slot is not strong enough to force over the tab. I'm just going to order both of them, and remove the fender liner to install it. It is the only way I can see to get the bumper over the tab properly. I almost guarantee that is how they install it at the factory. I think that is the reason they clip in before they screw in. You line it up, clip it in, and then put in the screws.
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:05 AM   #46
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If you have tried to push it on, and it did not seat properly, then you probably already bent the bumper slot where it connects to the top tab. I looked closely at this thing. I even tried pushing the tab with a screwdriver to get some space for the bumper slot to fit over it. It wasn't happening. The bumper slot is not strong enough to force over the tab. I'm just going to order both of them, and remove the fender liner to install it. It is the only way I can see to get the bumper over the tab properly. I almost guarantee that is how they install it at the factory. I think that is the reason they clip in before they screw in. You line it up, clip it in, and then put in the screws.
i see why you would say that, especially if you feel the first tab on the bumper (not the fender clip) has been compromised in some way. but dude - that's too impractical to put the bumper on first then attach that plate!

for our cases, something happens either to the first clip, or the tab on the bumper that snaps to it, like what you are saying, but whatver it is, it's rare; i'm not sure what. but most people are not messing anything up and are removing the bumper tons of times without any issues. it is odd that most of the time it's only one side that people are having issues with. some have both, but most of the research i've done is showing one side.

i took the bumper off tonight on the bad side and studied it. the clip closest to the headlamp corner is WAY too close to the fender, as described on this page in this thread...but it's slightly cocked that way unlike the other side, which leads me to believe it was damaged somehow when the body shop fastened the bumper after removal. but then again it's really hard to say. i just know that for something to "overcome" that clip and spread it apart...it'd have to be pretty stiff and shot in with some decent force. i don't think it's supposed to be like that.

i stuck a small screwdriver for leverage on the tongue portion of the clip, the "springy" part, and lowered it away from the fender. i then trimmed a slight bit from the tip with an xacto knife; i mean, a SLIGHT bit, a very slight shave. before i did that, i loosened the 8mm bolt there, i played with the 10mm bolt headlamp bolt there...nothing seemed to move the whole plate. so strange - how could such stiff plastic get messed up (if that is what's doing anyway?)

well, that slight bit was enough to catch the bumper tab like stock. it worked out perfectly and the gap is ideal now BUT it seems to pop out eventually. the second tab from that one on the plate is different than the last several on both sides of the bumper; it's closer to the fender and fatter, and i noticed it didn't fit in the female bumper tab that great in that second position BUT considering it was painted, that makes sense - the bumper side is somewhat fatter now with aftermarket paint. but the main point is it fits perfectly now so at least the bumper side is OK. it looks like i'll just have to still replace the clip plate. unfortunately the time it spent NOT fitting scraped a little paint on the inner edge right under the headlamp but when snapped in properly you can't see it; but i touched it up anyway just to prevent any further changes from the transition from the scraped area to the painted area.

anyway, here is what it looks like now -



it's kinda hard to see here because the paint is polished and coated (super reflective), but the bumper isn't sticking out at all like it was in my previously posted pictures.



but like i said, it does pop out eventually so a new clip plate is still going in.

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Old 06-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #47
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holy lord nobody can give me one part number for my car based on my VIN. i have three - all seem to be the same description 'cept i see a WR7 in one of the descriptions (maybe two, actually). i think i found a japanese website that shows two of them next to each other and one is thinner than the other, possibly a Spec C piece but it's hard to say given the rough translation.

57707FJ030 BRKT SD F LH
57707FG131 Brkt Sd F Wr7 Lh
57707FG132 BRKT SD F WR7 LH


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Old 06-22-2012, 04:27 PM   #48
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The dealer was able to fix it somehow but they also nict the paint a little which really annoyed me but tjey had a touch up paint guy fix it. Were very small chips.
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The dealer was able to fix it somehow but they also nict the paint a little which really annoyed me but tjey had a touch up paint guy fix it. Were very small chips.
did you ask what they did? do you know if they replaced the black plastic clip plate?

i took mine apart again and shaved a sharp edge on the clip part for the top one near the light, hoping it would catch the bumper tab hole better...but it didn't seem to make a difference. i need to have a new plate so i can just start over. i'm going to smooth the bumper side tab with some 1000 grit so it has a better chance of sliding between the clip and the fender.

this is SO f'n annoying, especially since all i did wrong was buying this car, lol. it's brand new! ****.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #50
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It is going to be a pain, but I ordered the plates from Fred Beans (somehow they always quote the best price..they are less than $6 each from them). I am going to pull the wheel off each side, pull the fender liner, clip it in, atach the screws, and see what happens. I need to touch up where it rubbed against the headlight anyway.
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