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Old 10-20-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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Hey i was just wondering if anybody has tried or can provide any advice on how to convert the GR WRX Gray interior to look similar to the Black STI interior. I'm talking about basically everything from the pillars up (pillars, sun visors, surroundings around the front and center light, roof, seat belt holders, Ceiling handles etc). Notice in the wrx, everything from the pillars up is gray and in the STI, everything is black. I would like to do this conversion to my wrx and was wondering how reliable it would be to dye/spray the roof and try similar things to the other parts. Anyone know of the best way to change the colors of these things from gray to black? It looks 10 times better so I'm trying to figure out how complicated the process is and if its worth it. I'm sure many other wrx owners would love to do this. Thanks for your help in advance.

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Old 10-20-2012, 12:39 AM   #2
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Its been done. You can buy all the parts to do it from Subaru.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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Yeah i'm sure you can do that but it would be a lot easier if you could somehow dye or paint everything instead of having to pay for each individual piece new.

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Old 10-20-2012, 07:18 AM   #4
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Typically people buy the pillars and only dye the headliner. The pillars are actually pretty cheap.

Dig around and search the forum here ... There is actually a full write up with every subaru part number you need somewhere on here .. I remember seeing it not too long ago.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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all pillars A,B,C will cost you slightly over 300. from a dealer. not sure about visors and so forth
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:47 PM   #6
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all pillars A,B,C will cost you slightly over 300. from a dealer. not sure about visors and so forth
do you have part numbers or know the link to the thread with the part numbers?
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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you can spray and re-line the roof
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:24 PM   #8
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Yeah I'm just going to paint all of it. I found online guides on how to do it.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #9
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like you, I hated the light upper interior of the wrx. I ended up doing the headliner in black suede with a thin foam backing to give it a somewhat 'softer' touch/feel. I wrapped the front two pillars (A) in the suede as well. the middle (B) and rear (C) pillars, I ended up plastidipping black. worked out really nice.
My handles are still the lighter colored ones. I've been waiting for a good deal to come up on those. same goes with the sunvisors. although I did miss a really nice deal that came across ebay.
the front dome light and rear dome light i bought used from ebay for pretty cheap. it's way better than painting them. I also got a darker or slightly smoked clear piece for the rear dome light from a forester i think. it swaps right out.

but if you want to go the cheap way out. painting is the way to go. it's pretty simple how to take off the pillars. just unscrew a screw and they should pop right off. extremely simple. the C pillars are a bit of a pain though. you need to remove the seatbelts to take them off.
(you can get to the screws but kinda of lifting and pushing the bottom seat out of the way to make enough room for your ratchet.)

I also have a HUGE "How-to" set of pictures for everything I took off. and kind of how I went about doing everything. if you're interested or if anyone else is.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:32 PM   #10
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^ yea a write up or any pics/tips are helpful for any wrx owners wanting to convert like myself
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:13 AM   #11
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here you guys go!! I don't have any descriptions but I'm sure the pictures explain it all. If not, as you go along you'll see/understand.

Headliner DIY (lots of pics)
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:48 PM   #12
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do you have part numbers or know the link to the thread with the part numbers?

honestly i just went to the dealer with an 2012 STI vin and went that route
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:42 PM   #13
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do you guys see any issue with vinyl wrapping the pillars, particularly with the airbags? I'm thinking it could be an easy and cheap option that's also easily reversible. just kinda tired of the bright tan, black looks tons better.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:00 PM   #14
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no issue, just take them off carefully. the airbag is attached to the cars a pillar metal frame.
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thanks. I just obviously do not want it to affect deployment.
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Old 10-29-2012, 04:00 AM   #16
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do you guys see any issue with vinyl wrapping the pillars, particularly with the airbags? I'm thinking it could be an easy and cheap option that's also easily reversible. just kinda tired of the bright tan, black looks tons better.
My opinion on stuff like this is always to do it right the first time.

If I were to tackle this, I'd go all in and buy the black parts that I could buy and have the headliner dyed.

Judging by how much the 2 tone interior seems to bother you, I will guess that you are going to be quite picky about how it looks, so don't go cheap. Do it right the first time and make it look factory .. it's the only way you will be satisfied with it.
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:35 PM   #17
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^^ 110% right. do it once not twice.
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:09 PM   #18
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I'm so glad that I found this site. I'm not a Subaru owner, but am looking at buying a 2013 WRX sometime early next year. I just found out today that the WRX has a two tone interior.

I just don't understand the reason for it. It's definitely an odd design decision considering black is the only interior option so it's not like it needs to match other colors, and even weirder is that the black parts are already made for the STI so Subaru wouldn't need a new process to make the parts.

I'm trying to plan out what I would want to do to the car to get where I want it to be. I'm not expecting a luxury car, but I'm hoping to do a few mods that will look factory installed and help make the car just a little more refined. I think taking the approach of upgrading to factory made black parts will help with this and not hurt the resale at a later date. Unfortunately it looks like the parts (including STI black headliner) will run around $800 in parts.

In case anyone is interested in the parts and costs here is a link I found when searching for them. http://parts.subaru.com/parts/2012/S...iagram=7593625

Thanks to the poster who posted the DIY with all the pictures, if nothing else it shows how everything comes apart.
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:47 AM   #19
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I'm so glad that I found this site. I'm not a Subaru owner, but am looking at buying a 2013 WRX sometime early next year. I just found out today that the WRX has a two tone interior.

I just don't understand the reason for it. It's definitely an odd design decision considering black is the only interior option so it's not like it needs to match other colors, and even weirder is that the black parts are already made for the STI so Subaru wouldn't need a new process to make the parts.

I'm trying to plan out what I would want to do to the car to get where I want it to be. I'm not expecting a luxury car, but I'm hoping to do a few mods that will look factory installed and help make the car just a little more refined. I think taking the approach of upgrading to factory made black parts will help with this and not hurt the resale at a later date. Unfortunately it looks like the parts (including STI black headliner) will run around $800 in parts.

In case anyone is interested in the parts and costs here is a link I found when searching for them. http://parts.subaru.com/parts/2012/S...iagram=7593625

Thanks to the poster who posted the DIY with all the pictures, if nothing else it shows how everything comes apart.
It's a Japanese thing. Pretty much every Japanese car has 2 tone interior now.

It was a big deal to me the first time I saw it, but to be honest I don't even notice it now and it does not bother me at all.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:06 AM   #20
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you could easily do this, just remember, whenever you take all that stuff apart, its never as "tight" when you put it back together... so in other words you'll probably create some rattles that will drive you nuts.
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It's a Japanese thing. Pretty much every Japanese car has 2 tone interior now.

It was a big deal to me the first time I saw it, but to be honest I don't even notice it now and it does not bother me at all.
Thanks, I didn't realize that the two tone interior was popular amongst the Japanese manufacturers these days. I don't dislike two tone per say, I just don't think the gray/tan color goes well with the black. If it was a dark gray lower and light gray upper I probably wouldn't mind. Good to know that you were strongly against it and then were able to get past it. I guess there is still hope for me. Though it is good to know that there are options to replace if it really does bother me.

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you could easily do this, just remember, whenever you take all that stuff apart, its never as "tight" when you put it back together... so in other words you'll probably create some rattles that will drive you nuts.
I get what you are saying, but if I went this route I would also get the black clips so hopefully they would keep everything tight. I was also planning on sound deadening with raammat, ensolite, and mlv so hopefully there would be no rattling.

Still too early to say since I'm not looking to order until February, but it never hurts to plan ahead.
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