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Old 06-18-2017, 02:36 PM   #1
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Default (Serious Question) Is the new trend to not paint lip kits?

I've noticed that a vast majority of lip kits on 2015+ WRXs are not painted. For example, the OEM front lip is sold in black. I understand if it's carbon fiber (CF), but just wondering if that's how Subies have always been. From what I remember Honda's OEM lip kits come paint matched from the factory. Just wondering. Thanks.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:08 PM   #2
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I'm not sure how much it would cost for Subaru to produce the same product in a variety of colorways, but I would imagine the OEM lip kits are black for cost mainly.

The way I think about it is: If Subaru released one lip kit in the several colorways they have, how much more likely would they go out of stock for a particular color, and how much more likely would they have extra product around due to a color's popularity (or lack thereof).

I feel black just makes it easier for the end user.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:39 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how much it would cost for Subaru to produce the same product in a variety of colorways, but I would imagine the OEM lip kits are black for cost mainly.

The way I think about it is: If Subaru released one lip kit in the several colorways they have, how much more likely would they go out of stock for a particular color, and how much more likely would they have extra product around due to a color's popularity (or lack thereof).

I feel black just makes it easier for the end user.
That makes sense. Their intent is definitely not for us to paint as they have the STi emblem on the front lip kit. Then again the OEM rear spats come painted. I think I've only noticed Chargespeed's Bottomline kit actually has a CF option and a plain version, which is intended to color match.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:39 PM   #4
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Makes ZERO difference, paint or no paint.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:02 AM   #5
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This was a serious question?
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:30 AM   #6
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That makes sense. Their intent is definitely not for us to paint as they have the STi emblem on the front lip kit. Then again the OEM rear spats come painted. I think I've only noticed Chargespeed's Bottomline kit actually has a CF option and a plain version, which is intended to color match.
Well the rear spats are more of an aero/"body kit" item compared to a "lip kit". The STi "rear lip" comes black/unpainted also.

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Old 06-19-2017, 11:38 AM   #7
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Its not how they've always been. The 2002-2003 WRX lip, skirts, and spats were all painted.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:04 PM   #8
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I've noticed that a vast majority of lip kits on 2015+ WRXs are not painted. For example, the OEM front lip is sold in black. I understand if it's carbon fiber (CF), but just wondering if that's how Subies have always been. From what I remember Honda's OEM lip kits come paint matched from the factory. Just wondering. Thanks.
Not entirely accurate and not just for Hondas but let's use Honda as a continued example...Look at their earliest sporty cars with lip kits (lip denoting front and rear bumpers only), they were always black. CR-X's, Civics, Integras, Preludes up until the late 90's always had a black front lip and usually a black rear lip though most of those cars did not have an oem rear lip option. Color matched factory full body/lip kits started showing up more in the mid-late 90's probably because once side skirts, spats and such were introduced it looked better to have everything uniform.

Remember also that a front lip is the first thing to touch a curb and matte black molded plastic hides scrapes and scratches way better than any color of paint.

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I'm not sure how much it would cost for Subaru to produce the same product in a variety of colorways, but I would imagine the OEM lip kits are black for cost mainly.

The way I think about it is: If Subaru released one lip kit in the several colorways they have, how much more likely would they go out of stock for a particular color, and how much more likely would they have extra product around due to a color's popularity (or lack thereof).

I feel black just makes it easier for the end user.
And that is why I can still buy a new oem wing for my 11 year old wagon...but only in Evergreen Metallic
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Old 06-21-2017, 12:11 PM   #9
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I'm rocking the double lip set up on my 03 and they're both unpainted and I think it looks great. Plus, as said earlier, it helps hide scratches
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Old 06-21-2017, 05:54 PM   #10
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I'm rocking the double lip set up on my 03 and they're both unpainted and I think it looks great. Plus, as said earlier, it helps hide scratches
I think they look good as well. I've had to replace mine twice since my daughters keep tearing it off. Made her buy the last one...
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