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Old 12-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #1
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Impreza GC8 Project: Custom Fender Mirror

Well, here it goes, I was wanting an areo mirror and not just any aero mirror, I wanted a fender mounted aero mirror. There are few options for aftermarket mirrors for modern Japanese cars, and even fewer for fender mounted mirrors. Anything I did find was the wrong shape to match the car, or way too expensive to even think about buying. This started the Fender Mirror Project.

I started off with a block of 3"W x 4"H x 5"L signfoam. This stuff only comes in 1 1/2 inch thick panels, so I glued a few panels together with gorilla glue and began shaping after that.


This material reacts well to using files and that's what I used to shape the majority of the piece with.




I used a 3" convex motorcycle mirror as to be able to see as much as possible. Here it is next to the mirror housing:


A lot of time and careful shaping to get it just right.


And a little bit more before the final product:




I had to cut out a bit to fit the 3" mirror to the back of the housing.


Here is the final product on the car, mounted using 3m VHB designed for mounting door trim. ( this was also used to mount the mirror to the housing. )


I did have to make some mirror deletes for the sides, but it was the simplest part. I can post info on there about that if the need arises.

The convex mirror provides a wide enough angle to eliminate the blind spot completely and can be seen without moving your head to the side at all.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:23 PM   #2
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Love the craftsmanship and the uniqueness of this.

Just doesn't look right on the RS in my opinion, But +1 for for this rare mod!
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:36 PM   #3
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Outstanding design AND execution, a rare combination when it comes to DIY mods on this forum!
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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Very Slick! I think it looks great on the GC bodystyle. Would look out of place i feel on any of the newer model years, yet looks just right on your vehicle.

Kudo's!
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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Love the craftsmanship and the uniqueness of this.

Just doesn't look right on the RS in my opinion, But +1 for for this rare mod!
Thank you, it was a good time working on this project. I wouldn't be surprised if I never saw this on another GC, but that makes it even better for me. I enjoy having a truly unique piece on my car.

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Outstanding design AND execution, a rare combination when it comes to DIY mods on this forum!
Thank you on both! I wanted to take my time and do it right the first time.

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Very Slick! I think it looks great on the GC bodystyle. Would look out of place i feel on any of the newer model years, yet looks just right on your vehicle.

Kudo's!
Yeah, I don't think it would flow right on a newer body style either. Thanks for the compliment!
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:55 PM   #6
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After looking at this for a while...i think it is starting to grow on me

I have been trying to imagine it lowered with a front lip

I think flares would set this off also
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:37 AM   #7
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Great craftmanship.

Just one question. The final pod is actually from the sign foam? When I started reading post #1, I thought that was the base for a fiberglass pod instead.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:34 PM   #8
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After looking at this for a while...i think it is starting to grow on me

I have been trying to imagine it lowered with a front lip

I think flares would set this off also
There are many more modifications in store for this car. So this project won't look so random later on.

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Great craftmanship.

Just one question. The final pod is actually from the sign foam? When I started reading post #1, I thought that was the base for a fiberglass pod instead.
That is correct, I have worked with fiberglass before and thought about doing another in fiberglass down the road. The current one though is primed and painted signfoam.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:07 AM   #9
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+1 for unique mods Looks great.

I think I would like it a little more though if you had have left it a little more square like it was at the start of the forming process. I just think that it would have matched the GC body styles a bit more
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:18 PM   #10
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Wow, looks awesome, great job!
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:30 PM   #11
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+1 for unique mods Looks great.

I think I would like it a little more though if you had have left it a little more square like it was at the start of the forming process. I just think that it would have matched the GC body styles a bit more
Yeah, I kinda went back and forth on that. I like the way it turned out though. I may make another in the future with a less round mirror.

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Wow, looks awesome, great job!
Thanks!


Here's a couple of extra shots:

from the driver's seat. Right behind me is a decent sized hill.


Another, zoomed in.


Here is one of the mirror deletes.


And a different angle.


One more just for good measure.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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That is some great work and it's a very unique mod.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:50 PM   #13
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That is some great work and it's a very unique mod.
Thank you, sir. I wanted to have something that would make my car differ from the lot.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:29 AM   #14
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Not a fan of the looks myself either, but can definitely appropriate the work and craftsman ship that went into it. Well done. One suggestion if you ever decide to redo it, perhaps make it less bullet shaped and have the whole thing taper down right to the fender, maybe square up the shape of it a bit to to match the square lines of the front of the GC. Just a suggestion still a good job.
What kind of viability does this provide? Are you going to do one for the pass side? How well does it stay on at highway speeds, being made from styrofoam I imagine it's pretty light?
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:30 AM   #15
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Not a fan of the looks myself either, but can definitely appropriate the work and craftsman ship that went into it. Well done. One suggestion if you ever decide to redo it, perhaps make it less bullet shaped and have the whole thing taper down right to the fender, maybe square up the shape of it a bit to to match the square lines of the front of the GC. Just a suggestion still a good job.
What kind of viability does this provide? Are you going to do one for the pass side? How well does it stay on at highway speeds, being made from styrofoam I imagine it's pretty light?
Thank you. It was made to house a 3" round convex mirror and so my shaping was limited as to what I could have the end product look like without it looking totally out of place. If I do make another, I'm going to start out with a more rectangular mirror rather than the circle, I feel that would fit this car more appropriately. I had thought about taking it all the way down to the fender, but at the length I had the material, it would have tapered off too quickly, thus the more bullet like shape.

Visibility takes a bit to get used to, but it covers my blind spot completely and I can use it to guide myself into a parking spot. I don't have plans right now to make a passenger side, but in the future if/when I do a redesign I definitely will.

It remains stable at highway speeds and doesn't vibrate at all, so the picture is clear. It's made out of a more dense signfoam, so it's a little heavier than a styrofoam shell would be, but it helps keep the shape if hit with road debris.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:24 PM   #16
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Excellent work. Do you still have the stock mirror on the passenger side?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:01 PM   #17
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awesome! I like it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #18
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With a will, theres a way. Perfect execution!
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #19
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Excellent work. Do you still have the stock mirror on the passenger side?
Thank you! As far as the passenger mirror goes, I removed it as well. I'd imagine it would look real silly if I had left the stock mirror on that side.

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Thank you!

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There was a will alright! Thank you, sir.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:41 PM   #20
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As far as the passenger mirror goes, I removed it as well. I'd imagine it would look real silly if I had left the stock mirror on that side.
Agreed. I just wanted to see a pic if it was still on there.
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