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Old 11-21-2004, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default DIY Autoearth STi replica wing install. Pics inside.


I decided to do a write up of the install for a Autoearth STi8 spoiler. The directions are vague, so hopefully this might be of help to people who want a decent STi replica wing for the obvious reason (price). I picked up this spoiler off of ebay for $136 shipped. It is ABS plastic and the material quality of it is great. No waviness, sits flush on the trunk, excellent finish. It does however require you to drill new holes in your WRX to mount and does not fit any of the stock holes (even if the vendor states it does). I know some others have gotten to use 2 of the stock holes to line up, it didn't on my car though. I've never drilled in metal before but this project is pretty easy. Just take your time.

Your now useless WRX OEM holes. I used double sided tape to seal these off for now. Temp fix. It is best to fill these holes with some type of compound.

Your Autoearth spoiler comes with hole locating strips. That's the plastic strips you see being held on with tiny peices of masking tape. They are used to determine where your new holes need to be. Place them into the holes on the bottom of the STi spoiler and lightly tape them down. You are going to need it to come off easily for the next step. Arrange them so that you have as much strip showing off of the wing as possible. I decided to use only 7 strips. The STi wing has holes for more that are suppose to fit in the OEM WRX holes, but since they don't line up, it would require me to drill new holes too close to the existing OEM holes. So I did not use them. After you have applied all the trim for the spoiler and have the locating strip it's time to fit it to the trunk lid.

Place the wing on the trunk so it is flush. Use masking tape to tape down the area of the strips that are stick out from under the spoiler. Gently lift the wing off. If done correctly you should now have the strips taped to you trunk lid & not your wing. Apply more tape to the strips to make sure they do not move while drilling. Next take a 3/32 metal drill bit and drill your pilot holes indicated by locating strips.

Now remove the locating strips & you will have 7 new holes. (4) two on each outter side, (2) in the center, (1) for passing brake light wiring through. The new holes on the outter edge closest to your back windshield require you to drill through 2 layers of sheet metal.
Place tape around your new holes and use a 1/4 metal bit and drill through your pilot holes. Now this part is optional, but I find it makes install easier. Take a 5/16 bit & drill through the holes once again, except the brake light one. This will make threading the screws easier, giving you more room to move. The 1/4 hole fits the screw exactly, so if it's not lined up perfect it won't thread.

Careful when drilling not to go too far. As you can see I did and ruined the rubber trunk trim.

Now install the brake light and run the wire to the largest hole on the bottom of the wing. Easiest way to do this is to bend the wire in the direction you need it to go, feed it through till you see it in the hole & pull it through with tweezers. Seal off the OEM holes you are not using. I used double sided tape as a temp fix. It's best to use some type of filler. Now bolt on the bottom portion of your wing. It should look like this under the trunk. The circled screw is a 6mm x 25mm screw. This does not come with the STi wing. The reason I used this was that this hole requires you to go through two sheets of metal. Unless you use a dremel and enlarge the hole on the 2nd layer of metal, your screw won't reach the wing. The bump stops cover 2 of the holes. I have not yet wired the light because I need to pick up an adapter to go into the OEM wiring.


Now your almost done! Bolt on the top portion of your wing.


Finished! Enjoy! Special thanks to skyhawk for the the tips that lead me to do this install myself.
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Old 11-21-2004, 09:53 PM   #2
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Looks really good, nice write-up.
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Old 11-21-2004, 09:59 PM   #3
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Very nice write up and it looks great.
How much did it cost you to paint the wing?
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:02 PM   #4
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Very nice write up and it looks great.
How much did it cost you to paint the wing?
$150.
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:14 PM   #5
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Looks good MF-DIF. Nice write up. I see you decided to use longer screws instead of a demel. I had thought about that but didn't want to put too much stress on the other layer and have it buckle under the tension. Enjoy the new look.
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:36 PM   #6
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Oil stain?
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:45 PM   #7
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Car wash soap. I didn't tighten the lid on the soap container enough and it leaked out. It won't go away, although I haven't really cleaned it. Just hoped it would evap.

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Old 11-21-2004, 10:49 PM   #8
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Looks good MF-DIF. Nice write up. I see you decided to use longer screws instead of a demel. I had thought about that but didn't want to put too much stress on the other layer and have it buckle under the tension. Enjoy the new look.
I used rubber washers to lessen the pressure. Whether or not it actually does or not I'm not sure. Everything seems ok.
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:52 PM   #9
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BTW: Can anyone think of how I can patch this stuff? I just ran the hose on the trunk to test for leaks...and this is the spot where water is coming through. I might just have to replace the whole thing, but it seems to be attached to the trunk pretty well...just worried that the replacement wouldnt fit as snug.
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Old 11-22-2004, 11:08 AM   #10
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You could put some clear silicone rtv on it to fill the gap but you wouldn't be able to close the trunk lid until it set up.
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Old 11-22-2004, 02:59 PM   #11
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You could put some clear silicone rtv on it to fill the gap but you wouldn't be able to close the trunk lid until it set up.
Where do they have this? Auto parts store or Home depot?
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Old 11-22-2004, 05:24 PM   #12
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They have it at both.

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Old 11-22-2004, 06:25 PM   #13
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very nice man. May have to buy one of these myself. The only thing that confuses me is the whole strips that show you where to drill thing. Does it come with instructions that show you how to use them?
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Old 11-22-2004, 07:08 PM   #14
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very nice man. May have to buy one of these myself. The only thing that confuses me is the whole strips that show you where to drill thing. Does it come with instructions that show you how to use them?
The instructions are pretty bad...but it's easy to figure it out. The strips actually have a nub in them. It probably doesnt show well in the pics. You stick that numb into the holes of the wing, then put it on the trunk, tape it down, and remove the wing. Wala...you know know where to drill.
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Old 11-22-2004, 08:45 PM   #15
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MF-DIf, you can get the silicone RTV at wal mart also, in the car section with the carb cleaner and such. There are colored silicones but the clear is what you want.

The way I used the locating strips was to lay the spoiler on the trunk and lift one end at a time and insert the strips in the nuts on the spoiler then do the other side. Reposition the spoiler on the trunk perfectly and then tape the strips down. Carefully remove the spoiler, contemplate drilling holes in the trunk for about 15 minutes, and then drill away.
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Could upload pictures of DiY again?
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last activity was in 2007, I'm guessing he's not going to be here anytime soon.
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