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Old 11-18-2002, 12:13 PM   #1
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Question hood deflectors

i've seen it on some WRX, but subaruparts.com says NOT FOR WRX???

what's the deal?

where can i buy one locally?

thanks!
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Old 11-18-2002, 12:45 PM   #2
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i've seen it on some WRX, but subaruparts.com says NOT FOR WRX???

what's the deal?

where can i buy one locally?

thanks!
Those for 2.5RS, it will fit WRXs but it blocks the air going into the scoop...
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Old 11-18-2002, 12:49 PM   #3
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It's not recommended for WRXs but I know that one2three has one on his WRX sedan. He's post some pics in the last 3 weeks or so, look for those. He has done some of his own tests and says that air flow isn't blocked to the scoop. You may want to PM him.
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Old 11-18-2002, 01:00 PM   #4
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It's not recommended for WRXs but I know that one2three has one on his WRX sedan. He's post some pics in the last 3 weeks or so, look for those. He has done some of his own tests and says that air flow isn't blocked to the scoop. You may want to PM him.
O...really...but why not recommended for WRXs?
But I dun think it looks good on WRX...post pics spidey5o , I want to see them too.
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Old 11-18-2002, 01:34 PM   #5
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thank you for the info...

yea, i noticed it was only for the RS too. something about blocking the airflow on the scoop. i really want one since i drive 90% of the time in the freeway. DAMN rocks!!!! =(
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Old 11-18-2002, 02:48 PM   #6
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thank you for the info...

yea, i noticed it was only for the RS too. something about blocking the airflow on the scoop. i really want one since i drive 90% of the time in the freeway. DAMN rocks!!!! =(
YEA!! My car has thousnad of chips already!!!!!
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Old 11-18-2002, 03:04 PM   #7
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thank you for the info...

yea, i noticed it was only for the RS too. something about blocking the airflow on the scoop. i really want one since i drive 90% of the time in the freeway. DAMN rocks!!!! =(
Have you considered the 3M Scotchcal sheets? Granted, the hood deflectors probably install much easier than the 3Ms, but you can get the 3M and custom cut it to cover more area than the hood deflector can. I've had the 3Ms on my Impreza for quite some time and am happy with it.
Go to xpel.com to buy either the pre-cut or the raw material. Other places also have the pre-cut (invisigard, stongard, invinca-shield), but as far as I know, only xpel sells the raw material.

Once installed, you can hardly tell it's there, which may or may not be desirable.
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Old 11-18-2002, 03:26 PM   #8
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Yes I agree,
installing just the single piece of X-pel (3M Product) on the hood shouldnt be that difficult,, its the rest of the front end that would be difficult. Ive seen the pre-cut pieces for the hood itself and they are not that expensive, Granted not a low as the raw bulk/uncut material but still not that much dough/dollars/bucks/dinero/mula

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Old 11-18-2002, 04:12 PM   #9
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My experience with that hood deflector is very bad.
It was a very windy day that I try to drive to North Lake Tahoe from Fremont.
A LOT of cars flipped over along I80 and 680.
The side wind on I80 around Davis is very bad.
I was only drive like 55 or 60mph.
So bad that the side clip of the deflector is blown lose.
Not long, before I reach the next exit, the deflector cracked and blown up into a few pieces. Only about 6 inches left mounted on the hood because of the 2 screws.
I did not even border to complain to Subaru for a replacement. That was installed no more than 6 months.

It does deflect the smaller rock chips on my Forester. But it did not help on the ones that gives serious windshield damage(1/2 inches). Those bigger rock or bolts will bounce on the deflector and land right at the center middle of your windshield. Sigh.

-Kendo.
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Old 11-18-2002, 08:19 PM   #10
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Just a little something on the 3Ms...

In all fairness, aside from putting a hideous metal shield in front of the car, no reasonable method, be it hood delfectors, car bra, or 3M Scotchcal sheets, would completely protect the car against debris impact. The 3M sheet installed in both my cars have kept the hoods chip free so far, except for one ding that seemed to have been caused by a pine cone falling from a tree. It did not scratch the hood (thanks to the 3M), but dented it anyway. So, the 3M approach is not fool-proof either. That being said, I still highly recommend using the 3M Scotchcals.
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