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Old 11-18-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default Wagon roof spoiler removal - important tip

The quick version:
Open the hatch and look in the corners where the hinges are. Pull the wiring grommets out to get at hidden clips.

For those with time to read:
Decided to pull the roof spoiler (at top of hatch) off my wagon today. Read the factory service manual and it seemed it couldn't be easier. Remove 2 bolts, remove spoiler.

Found in the general description section of the manual another picture that showed a clip on each side in addition to the bolts. No detail on the clips and how they could be removed. Made the assumption that like most clips, I'd just have to pull on the spoiler and the clip would come loose. Dash bezels usually come off like this. Makes you cringe the first time you do it.

Wrong. Tried a variety of angles and methods and could not pull the spoiler free. Then I thought to see if there was any chance to get at these clips from the inside of the hatch. Turns out it you pull the wire harness grommets free from the hatch, you can see the backside of the spoiler clips.

There is no way to get these clips out working only from the outside. They are the fish hook type. After depressing the tabs on the clips I was able to get the spoiler off easily. Problem is, all that pulling on the one side caused the edge of the clip hole to be bent outward. I'm carefully trying to tap it flat.

Car looks much cleaner without the roof spoiler. Now the only problem is to figure out how to cleanly fill the holes so water doesn't get inside the hatch. I'm not about to bondo and paint a new car so looking for some rubber plugs (like a grommet with no hole) that will fit in the 15mm dia clip holes.

Anybody have a source for something like this?
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Old 11-19-2006, 04:25 AM   #2
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I thought the imprezas that came without the spoiler has covers instead of without the holes?
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Old 11-19-2006, 07:54 AM   #3
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I think the roof spoiler provides a sporty look, plus it elegantly prevents any comparison to the Pacer.

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Old 11-19-2006, 04:26 PM   #4
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rukkie: I haven't seen any covers on Outback Sport or Impreza i wagons that don't come with the roof spoiler. I looked through my service manual and saw nothing like this. I downloaded the roof spoiler installation instructions from the Subaru technical information website. They include a template for drilling the 4 holes needed to install the spoiler on a car that didn't have one from the factory. I don't think a car without the spoiler has the holes from the factory. Thanks for putting the idea out there, would have been nice.

dancing bear: I like the smooth no spoiler look on the WRX. To me the roof spoiler sticks way out and looks out of place, kind of tacked on like an afterthought. Funny how the old Pacer is the opposite of today's trend of going for high beltlines and short windows (Chrysler 300, Dodge Magnum etc). Those door windows are ridiculous.

After 6 hours of driving around and looking in various hardware/craft/marine/electronics supply stores, still haven't come up with an acceptable solution for plugging the unused holes. Have some tapered rubber corks trimmed to size as a temporary measure. Found some sheet metal hole covers in a marine store that were a nice design but too big on the outer diameter. They were stainless and very low profile on the outside (flat round disc) with a piece of rubber to seal them against the sheet metal. A stud mounted to them went through the hole, and you put a washer and a wingnut on the other side to tighten them down.

You'd think someone would stock simple rubber plugs similar to a grommet in design, to block off holes in sheet metal.
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Old 11-19-2006, 04:37 PM   #5
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The top spoiler is there for a reason not an afterthought
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:49 AM   #6
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The top spoiler is there for a reason not an afterthought
-Joe
Besides preventing the hatch from opening fully when carrying kayaks, what would that reason be? Impreza wagons without the spoiler have similar top speeds, so it doesn't appear to be required to prevent rear lift.

Down force, yah right It's mounted so flimsy, I think it would break off with a mere 10 lbs of down force.

So has anyone found a good solution for plugging/covering up the holes once removed? Anything smaller like on the 9-2x spoiler out there that is a direct fit to the WRX? Something flush mounted so it has more support?

It would be nice to have something that the front end of my kayaks could actually rest on before lifting them up into the saddles. The stock spoiler just gets in the way of both loading kayaks and open the gate once the boats are on the rack.

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Old 05-22-2007, 03:59 PM   #7
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Why not do a rear gate swap w/ a TS/no spoiler owner who wants the rear spoiler...
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Old 05-22-2007, 04:05 PM   #8
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Anything smaller like on the 9-2x spoiler out there that is a direct fit to the WRX?
I think that is the question of the day.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:35 PM   #9
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I went for a long time without the roof spoiler and finially came to the conclusion that it looks better with one on. I just ordered mine last week and I'm having it installed on Friday.
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:47 PM   #10
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Hmmm....Not sure why you took it out.
I had to put one on mine. There were no covers or plugs.
I drilled two holes on each side, one for each clip and weird looking screws that really don't hold the spoiler well.
I had to get better a nut and bolt set to hold the spoiler much tighter.

Anyway, if you're planning to put the spoiler back, just put a couple of small tasteful stickers . You can always take 'em out when you need to.

Or you can apply silicone gasket or black silicone rtv to cover-up the holes temporarily.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:33 PM   #11
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I think the roof spoiler provides a sporty look, plus it elegantly prevents any comparison to the Pacer.


Now that's some funny stuff
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:08 PM   #12
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will it be for sale ??
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:07 AM   #13
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Yea I don't know why you want to remove it! Unless you were gonna get the bigger STI one.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:07 AM   #14
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Because in gets in the way of having a life. I use my wagon, I don't look at it. For me the spoiler gets in the way when I have skis, kayaks, and bikes on the rack.
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:05 PM   #15
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I'm also interested in a Subaru 9-2X wing. I'm fairly certain that physically it will fit, the back hatch of the cars are virtually the same. My question is the mounting holes, will they line up. I've also been wondering if the rear wiper sprayer nozzle will be in the way. If the Saab wings weren't so expensive I would probably just pick one up and try it out...
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Old 05-23-2007, 02:19 PM   #16
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I have to agree with most of you, I can't even imagine the wagon with out the spoiler. The car is a sleeper as it is with the hood scoop and the spoiler. I even wish it came with the waist spoiler as well. I've recieved many comments from friends " if it wasent for the hood scoop and the spoiler" I would have never guessed the car had a set of balls!
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:17 PM   #17
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BUMP this thread to new,,,, just took off my spoiler to my 2002 wrx wagon and it looks much cleaner accept for the paint chip underneath and 2 holes on each side that need to be plugged myfriend got good plugs for his sti trunk at ACE hardware im sure any home depot will work pictures to come! bump on this thread sorry for bringing it back from 2006 !!!
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Old 05-12-2014, 12:58 AM   #18
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okie guys sorry for bringing back an old thread and leaving it had to actually put the words to actions!

the wing is held down in 2 spots on each side THAT MEANS THERE GOING TO BE 2 HOLES!

its a10mm hex bolt and a factory clip that hold the wing in place

after i took the bolt out you have to pop in a side of the clip and get access to the other side to pop that one to then it just pushes out and the wing easily comes off/falls off

10mm allen key insert i used to plug the 2 threaded holes and im going to use this rubber type of flush plug to plug the other 2

hereees a picture!

i like this look ...

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Old 10-05-2014, 04:58 PM   #19
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Old 10-07-2014, 11:15 PM   #20
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Where can i find a spoiler for my 2002 subie wagon? All I can find is wings for the newer models, but nothing for subies older than 2005.
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Old 11-16-2014, 02:51 PM   #21
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Where can i find a spoiler for my 2002 subie wagon? All I can find is wings for the newer models, but nothing for subies older than 2005.
02-07 wagon spoilers are all the same
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:17 PM   #22
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The top spoiler is there for a reason not an afterthought
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It was a total afterthought
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