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Old 12-15-2016, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default HT Autos rear lips

2003-2007 "newage" WRX - which is 2004-2007 with the STI style skirts for us USDM folks. The pair is made of black polyurethane and includes some install hardware. No instructions provided.
http://htautos.co.uk/shop/subaru-imp...-07-rear-lips/
I was unable to find any useful part detail, issues, or installation posts when I was considering purchasing. So I finished installing these on my WRX and thought I would post something up.

Package Contents


Top side closeups



Bottom side closeups



Hardware


Installed




Install info:
I recommend measuring the clips before installing, specifically the shank OD. Mine measured 6.0mm making their specified 6.5mm drill bit is too large. Possibly the clips could vary in size depending on supplier source. Back to the installation. I cleaned all the mating surfaces and removed the "low-bake" stickers. Some squeeze clamps were used to hold the rear lips in place while I set the final position. Also both RHS and LHS lips were clamped prior to any drilling so I could even out both sides as best possible. Once it looked satisfactory, I started with the surgery. One hole at a time, I through drilled with a 6.0mm bit, cleaned debris between the mating surfaces, then installed the clip. Then on to the next hole, etc, etc.


Opinions:
I have never liked the rear spat options. I'm going against the NASIOC'er norm but I think those all look like cheap bulky AutoZone parts. Plus they require prep/paint to look right. Since I have a 2006-07 WRX, it's sort of the red-stepchild basically STI side skirts and a WRX rear bumper. The version of spats that would match my side skirts have to be slightly modified to fit my rear bumper. Or one could change to an STI rear bumper to match everything up. I'll unlikely do that since I don't like the look of the STI rear fender arches which also look like cheap AutoZone parts. Either of these changes are not a big deal but if I'm not thrilled with the aesthetics of spats..then why would I bother?
So I went with these HTAuto rear lips instead. These HTAuto ones just look superior in every way (at least to me) and will work better overall with my eventual plans for that rear bumper. Eventually I'll get the HT Autos side skit extensions I already have installed to match.


Purchasing:
I'm 85% positive the US distributors are not keeping inventory on any of these. Basically you order from someone in the US it's still going to ship international from the UK. Personally it irritates the crap out of me that distributors do not disclose that. Looking back I probably could have saved some money just going with a direct purchase from HT Autos. I had compared the shipping between both sources, figured import duty was unlikely, but C Card currency fee was likely. Either way shop smart and you should be fine.


You want info on the matching side skirt extensions?
>HERE YOU GO<
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Old 12-15-2016, 01:07 PM   #2
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The only gripe I had with these is this gap. The help of a light behind under the car and the right viewing angle shows this pretty badly in person. I really think HT Autos should drill 1 or 2 additional locations and supply enough clips (plus a few extra) and this would be perfect. I suppose asking for install instructions is pushing it though. Leaving the rear lips as-is would just bug me so... I found some similar clips on eBay with shank OD 6.0mm and shank length 25.0mm. These shipped out of China, arrived quickly, but actually measured with a shank OD of 6.4mm. So that 6.5mm drill ended up being used after all. I looked at adding just one extra clip between the two existing and it seemed that there might still be some gap left. Decided that there was enough space to accept two additional clips. Had to confirm that there were no pre-existing features (holes) in the bumper that I would run up against. Looked cleat of any issues. Measured out the span and divided by 3 to get around 90.0mm spans. I kept inline with the existing two clips, made marks, drilled 6.5mm through holes, cleaned out any debris, then followed up with the new clips. Done.

A gap that most would hardly ever notice...I'm not most though.


Hardware - eBay supplied LHS, HT Autos supplied (RHS)



Additional clip locations - 90mm spacing and inline with two original clips



Much better

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Old 12-20-2016, 03:57 PM   #3
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When you get a chance post pic of entire car from a distance to see body lines. Thanks an good post
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:39 PM   #4
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Will plan to update with that but it's probably going to be spring at the earliest. Work isn't complete yet and winters already here.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:31 AM   #5
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Yea no worries did you happen to get the side skirts too?
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:37 PM   #6
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Yes Sir. They are more involved to install than these were. I have them about 80% installed and some photos taken but wanted to finish up the rest of the install before posting a similar thread.

Basically....HT Autos' mold is off slightly so there is some grinding work involved. The original bottom push clips are "just" too short to reuse. I found another Subaru p/n that might yield another 2mm to work. I just need to order them. Xmas will delay this job a bit but I will work on it afterwards.
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Old 12-23-2016, 08:29 PM   #7
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Good to know that's what I read about too.
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Old 05-14-2017, 12:35 PM   #8
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Hi,

I ran across this as I'm interested in the side skirts. How did you make out with the installation? Are they also polyurethane, black, just like the rear lips? Any tips would be appreciated, such as the longer push clips you mentioned.
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:27 PM   #9
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There's a direct link within post #1.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:40 PM   #10
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It claims on the site that these will NOT fit a wagon. Since you installed them, could you see like why they wouldnt? I wanna do a little something in the back and everything made looks gaudy except these. But 125$ is alot to spend to see if it works lol
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Old 08-30-2018, 02:25 PM   #11
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I don't really have a way to check on a wagon. I suspect the wagon rear cover has a different length, profile shape, hole locations, or all of those.
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I don't really have a way to check on a wagon. I suspect the wagon rear cover has a different length, profile shape, hole locations, or all of those.
Lmao yeah so these don't fit a wagon. No way to fidge it and shuffle them to make it work they simply just do not fit haha. I will be taking them to a bandsaw and many different foam pads to polish and get it right. I will post photos once I'm done for any wagotln people.looking for a rear spat that doesn't look gaudy
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:09 PM   #13
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HT skirts on a wagon. Had to trim and sand them. Came out great

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Old 12-05-2018, 05:49 PM   #14
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Auto parts is a good investment
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