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Old 11-22-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default 2012 Impreza 5-door spoiler help please

I'm posting this because I'm looking for help and I seem to be out of options. While installing my OEM hatch spoiler, I snapped off one of the middle bolts and stripped the outer two. I was able to half-ass re-thread the 2 end bolts, but I would like to replace them along with the one that broke. I've contacted my dealership and they told me that Subaru doesn't sell a separate hardware kit so I'd have to buy a whole new spoiler. Thats not going to happen, so I was hoping someone here could maybe give me advice on what to do. I thought I remember reading in one of these many, long threads about people having the same problem and were able to replace the bolts. If one of those people could please chime in, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:33 AM   #2
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Are they standard bolts?
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:48 AM   #3
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Are they standard bolts?
Not exactly. The bolts are custom but have a standard thread... I think. I swore I read somewhere here that people have been able to replace them with common bolts though. My issue at the moment is that my spoiler is currently installed on the car so taking the bolts off to bring them to the store and match them is going to be a real pain. Thats why I was hoping that someone who has replaced them already could let me know exactly what I need to buy before I rip the spoiler back off.
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Old 11-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #5
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I suppose the way it's mounted now is probably fine. It feels solid enough even with the snapped off stud. It also doesn't leak water into the hatch that I can tell. Maybe I'll just leave it be even though it bugs me the way it is.

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Old 11-23-2013, 01:45 PM   #6
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I suppose the way it's mounted now is probably fine. It feels solid enough even with the snapped off stud. It also doesn't leak water into the hatch that I can tell. Maybe I'll just leave it be even though it bugs me the way it is.
Did the instructions specify bolt size?
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:24 PM   #7
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You could use JB Weld to remount the broken stud, it will fill the hole to weatherproof it when done well, and is a pretty solid bond.

I've used it for some simple mechanical fixes before and it is a good product.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:42 PM   #8
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Did the instructions specify bolt size?
No, unfortunately. I don't think the bolt size matters as much as finding a bolt with a similar size and shape head to fit into the spoiler.

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You could use JB Weld to remount the broken stud, it will fill the hole to weatherproof it when done well, and is a pretty solid bond.

I've used it for some simple mechanical fixes before and it is a good product.
That wouldn't be a bad idea except for the fact that I think I threw away the broken off section of the stud. I didn't even consider the possibility of reattaching it somehow. I did really goop up the drilled hole in the hatch with silicone though. So far there's no evidence of water intrusion even after heavy rains and going through an automatic car wash.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:59 PM   #9
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And here I was thinking my not-so-cleanly-drilled holes were bad. Just bought a file today and will go back to clean them up. As long as its secure and looks fine you may just have to bite the bullet?

I live in San Diego and do probably 95% highway driving. My 2013 already has innumerable little scratches that irk me, but I refuse to have them fixed until I leave SD and will have the entire car repainted.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:26 PM   #10
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And here I was thinking my not-so-cleanly-drilled holes were bad. Just bought a file today and will go back to clean them up. As long as its secure and looks fine you may just have to bite the bullet?
Yeah, that's probably what I'll have to do. As long as it doesn't leak or come loose somehow, it should be fine. I'm just so anal about my cars and little things like that tend to really annoy me. Oh well, should of just ponyed up the cash and had the dealership install it for me.

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Old 11-27-2013, 02:15 PM   #11
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Oh well, should of just ponyed up the cash and had the dealership install it for me.
And even then it's not a given that they'll do it right. Somehow I don't think they follow the instructions to a T and use the proper sealant or primer on the drilled holes. I suppose there are probably a few dealers out there that do installs correctly but usually far and few between


That being said I want to add the spoiler to my Crosstrek but not sure if I trust them to do it right. I'll have to find someone who has had it done in my area (New Hampshire) and has been pleased with their work
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:44 PM   #12
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And even then it's not a given that they'll do it right. Somehow I don't think they follow the instructions to a T and use the proper sealant or primer on the drilled holes. I suppose there are probably a few dealers out there that do installs correctly but usually far and few between


That being said I want to add the spoiler to my Crosstrek but not sure if I trust them to do it right. I'll have to find someone who has had it done in my area (New Hampshire) and has been pleased with their work
Speaking of which... I just bought a file to clean up the hills I drilled but Im not familiar with the primer situation. Is there some sort of clearcoat primer thats supposed to go over the newly exposed metal?

Im not much of a handy man...
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:46 PM   #13
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Speaking of which... I just bought a file to clean up the hills I drilled but Im not familiar with the primer situation. Is there some sort of clearcoat primer thats supposed to go over the newly exposed metal? Im not much of a handy man...
I'm not sure if it is a clear coat primer but I've seen on some DIY over on the Crosstrek forums that guys are putting primer on the exposed metal before attaching the spoiler. Makes sense as you won't see the holes once spoiler is on but the primer will stop rust on the newly exposed metal



I'm not much of one either hence why I'll probably bring it to a dealer once I find one I trust to do it right
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Old 11-29-2013, 10:42 AM   #14
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Go to a good parts store and get some 3m self etching primer. If it's in a spray can you can get a small brush and dab it on after spraying some primer into a small container. Paul
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:04 PM   #15
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Since the holes are covered by the spoiler anyway... how is the primer applied, to just the exposed metal? Thus being VERY little. Or some on the painted area around the hole for proper coverage/seal?
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:19 PM   #16
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Since the holes are covered by the spoiler anyway... how is the primer applied, to just the exposed metal? Thus being VERY little. Or some on the painted area around the hole for proper coverage/seal?

I'm not an expert because I haven't done this mod but I would fathom a guess that you apply with a small brush making sure you cover any exposed metal from the drilling. As long as that is covered you should be ok
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