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Old 10-07-2003, 08:01 PM   #1
CirrusWRX
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Cool WRC Replica Wing by NeoDesign (MetroPerformance)

I just finished "installing" my NeoDesign replica WRC wing that I purchased from Jack at MetroPerformance. Here's a little background:

I was going to do a trunk swap with an STi for that crazy huge wing, but couldn't find anybody in my area willing to do it. Then I saw somebody post a pic of a WRC replica wing on a WRX - that's when it hit me I HAD to have it... only the $15,000 price tag for the real one was kinda out of the question! Lo and behold, I see that NeoDesigns (aka MetroPerformance) is selling a replica for less than $500.00! I must also give major props to a good family friend of mine who owns and operates a body shop - Logan Auto Body in Doylestown, PA. He sorta scratched his head trying to figure out how in the hell to paint this thing, but gave me a ring a few days later to report that it was done. He had to build a special mount to get it painted properly, but man does it look SPECTACULAR!







The pics aren't the best, but it was getting dark so I just wanted to snap a few before the sun went down.

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I received the wing from MetroPerformance, in a BIGASS box that was nicely padded and wrapped like crazy. The spoiler came, basically flawless, and with a blue gel-coat. It required VERY minimal prep-work according to Tom Logan (body shop.) He did an amazing job on the painting and gave me the spoiler back and it looked like it came from the factory.

I removed my "stock" spoiler (which is for sale, by the way) and was left with 6 holes. 4 holes for bolts, and 2 holes for some cable that held the spoiler on (I suppose in case I get in an accident, my stock spoiler doesn't turn into a boomerang... ) It left some nice sticky gooey yucky stuff, so a little WD-40 and it was all good. The WRC wing lined up PERFECTLY - the holes were spot on. I chose to remove my trunk lid because it was just too hard to try and balance while mounting it. I had one person help me hold the trunk while I unbolted it (4 bolts) and then did the whole process on some old blankets on a muddy/grassy hill. (I figured it would be soft enough not to cause any damage).

I flipped the spoiler upside down, and did a test mount - amazing, just like Jack said it would be - all 4 holes were perfectly lined up. I was going to use some foam-stuff (weather stripping) around the inside to keep water from getting in, but I was running out of time, and the bolts with the included washers had a rubber grommet sorta built in, so water is NOT getting in easily. I may go back some day and do it again, but until then, unless somebody uses a pressure washer, I shouldn't be getting any water in the trunk.

So I only used the 4 "original" holes. Jack said it should not be a problem, but it wouldn't be a BAD thing if I decided to use a few more (there are 8 more, including the original 4). 2 more on each "side" and 4 in the "middle." I just wasn't in the mood to drill the trunk this afternoon, and I have to make sure I get a REALLY good template lined up. Again, maybe someday down the road, but for now, I'm not doing any off-roading, just street driving, and a road race until the spring, so I think the wing should be okay with the 4 bolts. I took it for a "test drive" and true to its word, I never once escaped the gravitational pull of the earth! heh - but seriously, I only got up to 60mph, and it looked nice and steady. Yeah it moves a bit over the big BIG bumps, but the damned thing hangs several inches off the trunk, so it is to be expected. It really is one "solid" (descriptive, not physical) piece of fiberglass (NOT carbon fiber, which would be HELLA expensive!) What I'm trying to say is that I didn't notice excessive or annoying flutter like many have reported with the STi wing.

On the plus side, the trunk will STILL stay open, but only when it's at its near-highest point and beyond. What's really cool is that all I have to do to close it, is nudge it about 3 inches, and it closes perfectly every time on its own . I weighed my stock spoiler, and it was 7lbs on the bathroom scale. The WRC spoiler came in at a measily 12lbs - 5lbs more by my count, and nothing to write home about for my purposes. Of course, since it hangs off the trunk, that's what makes it a little difficult to keep open.

I am absolutely in love with the looks. I know some people hate these things. I know some STi owners are trying to desperately get rid of their wings, but I just love it. If you hate it, that's perfectly cool w/ me we're all in this world together and if we all had the same thing, it'd be downright boring. I also like it because it ISN'T just an STi wing - it's similar in nature, but it just looks so nice hangin off the back, almost like, well, the former WRC car!!! Needless to say, it just suits me. Functional? I would hope so since I almost hit a low-flying satellite with it on the way home Cop target, I am, but a risk I'm willing to accept.

I highly recommend this product, and the people who made it happen were tremendous.

Thanks - Kyle

Sources:
Mr. Jack Tylek
MetroPerformance
Neo Design USA
email: sales@metroperformance.com

Mr. Tom Logan
Logan Auto Body, complete wreck repair, 24 hour towing
155 Doyle St
Doylestown PA 18901
(215) 345-6942

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Old 10-08-2003, 10:54 AM   #2
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Looks sweet Kyle I'm looking to do Sti trunk swap myself, but this may be another cool alternitive.


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Old 10-09-2003, 12:16 PM   #3
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Kyle,

Nice dood. I hope to see it in person sometime...



Steve

P.S. Are going for the "Street Rd" ricer look with that bigass rice wing.. j/k man. Looks great, now you should get a STI Hood scoop

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Old 10-30-2003, 06:35 PM   #4
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I LIKE IT A LOT ITS A VERY NICE LOOKING WING


My Baby is better! hehehe i have no spoiler! haha
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Old 10-31-2003, 12:49 AM   #5
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OK - you got me - your paint job is better, but man, you could impale a human being with those hood pins

And what kind of CB antenna is that? You pickin up signals from the mothership?!?!

hehe - thanks for the kind words, and nice car - one of these days I'll get back into that hobby - so much fun!
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