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Old 01-25-2006, 08:53 AM   #1
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does any one who has an imprezza front bumper on there car? i was wondering how had it is to swap one over.
yes i did search aswell.

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Old 01-25-2006, 09:43 AM   #2
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It's been discussed a little in this thread:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=892802

I just wanted a cooler front end and I found one. This is a fiberglass R33 replica front bumper for a 1995-1998 240SX (S14). It's only about .5" wider at the wheel arches than the BG and the contour along the front fits perfectly. I'm making a bumper support for mine on Friday and can post pics and maybe offer them to people who want some more options.


www.raceonusa.com carries some of the best quality aero for the price, and I can get those parts cheaper than their listed price for anyone who is interested. I know aero isn't everyone's thing, but I thought I'd bring it up since it was relatively on-topic.
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Old 01-25-2006, 11:10 AM   #3
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You can swap on an impreza front end, they will bolt right up, but you will need to trim the fender a little to match the arch of the legacy wheel well. I say do the RS lip that way you can use the bigger rally lights..
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Old 01-25-2006, 12:35 PM   #4
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well i was considering getting this kit, http://www.i-m-racing.com/trialtryrimw.html i know that it dosnt have those great rally lights but this will mean i can get a widebody fitted to my car.

hurray

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Old 01-25-2006, 01:58 PM   #5
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Datsun 240 ZG bolt-on fenders fit anything. I'm a fan of the Erbuni face:



Allows you to retain the awesome huge rally lights too.
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Old 01-25-2006, 03:59 PM   #6
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that r33 bumper looks like it was MADE for the bd/bg!!
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Old 01-25-2006, 07:10 PM   #7
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This is from a member on SLi... User ID "sidewayslegacy" not sure if he is a member here or not.



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Old 01-25-2006, 09:08 PM   #8
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Cool, I've been wanting to see that for years
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Old 01-26-2006, 12:35 AM   #9
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yea, ive seen a guy with an impreza L bumper on his leggy. its for sale on autotrader right now. Looks incredibly fugly tho
Legacy on autotrader
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Old 01-26-2006, 08:19 AM   #10
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yeah, I don't like that black trim on the bumper...
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Old 01-26-2006, 11:10 AM   #11
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do you have to replace the bumper beam w/ the impreza's? if so, subaru.com? is selling lightweight bumper beam for like 75!
BTW: im in the process of getting these part for my BD
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Old 01-26-2006, 01:15 PM   #12
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I'm personally against this look, although our car and the 2.5's were somewhat similiar the lines of this bumper just dont follow our cars right, something doesnt fit and look right and I prefer the GT bumper.
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Old 01-26-2006, 02:38 PM   #13
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Quote:
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I'm personally against this look, although our car and the 2.5's were somewhat similiar the lines of this bumper just dont follow our cars right, something doesnt fit and look right and I prefer the GT bumper.
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Agreed 100%. If you want an Impreza front end, buy an Imprezza.
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:08 PM   #14
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that r33 bumper looks like it was MADE for the bd/bg!!
Foglight holes match up exactly as well
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Old 01-26-2006, 06:48 PM   #15
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Well you will have problems if you just bolt it on and expect everything to fit 100%. If you truely want to put an Impreza bumper on a BD/BG, prepare to do some custom fab work to make it look decent

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Old 02-09-2006, 01:58 PM   #16
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So you can buy all these parts new from Subaru too. It’s not really that expensive but once you add up every little part and piece necessary it begins to snowball. Likely the best approach would be to gather of combination of both the new and used parts required. Even doing that you’d still probably have at least $500 bucks in it.

Is it worth it? To go from this:


To this:

  • RS Front Bumper Inner Beam (00-01) 57760FA500
  • RS Front Bumper Skin (US 00-01) 57720FA280
  • RS Front Bumper Vent (RH) 57744FA200
  • RS Front Bumper Vent (LH) 57744FA210
  • RS Front Bumper Turn Signal (RH 99-01) 84441FA160
  • RS Front Bumper Turn Signal (LH 99-01) 84441FA170
  • RS Fog Light RH 84501FA380
  • RS Fog Light LH 84501FA390
  • RS Fog Light Bracket (RH) 84927FA001
  • RS Fog Light Bracket (LH) 84927FA011

~Thinking about it (since I have a damaged front bumper-cover anyways)...
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:13 PM   #17
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Anthony - My .02: That would destroy the look of what is by far the sweetest Leg in here. The only front end change to a BD that I've seen look good is the Greddy lip that cajual has. That being said, I think either change would kill the sleeper theme that you seem to be going with.
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:44 PM   #18
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^^^^
Thanks for that point of view…

For me this upgrade wouldn’t be entirely cosmetic. My whole thing is that I have a nasty crack/gash on my bumper-cover which makes my car look like piss… I started looking into getting it fixed and it appears it may be necessary to order a new bumper-cover, then paint match, etc. I would have fixed it long ago but I keep holding off as I toy with possible FMIC ambitions. The GT bumper is nearly impossible to stuff with a front-mount as it simply doesn’t have a large enough opening. So as it stands, I can’t upgrade to any larger turbo without addressing the IC situation, and I’m already pushing it with a 500cfm VF22.

All this said, I have to buy a replacement bumper-cover anyway, and the only two OEM which are compatible and can accommodate a FMIC are the Outback or early RS ones like this…

~Still thinking about it and other alternatives…
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:46 PM   #19
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Good point. I forget who did it but I know that I saw a FMIC behind someone's BD bumper cover. Anyone remember?
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:56 PM   #20
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Yeah, GotTurbo (the original author of this thread) has one stuffed behind the stock BD bumper and it looks fine. My problem with it however is the space is so limited, the actual IC core is rather small as a result. In comparison, my existing TMIC is probably of comparable size to this smaller FMIC.

I’m talking about a big(er) front mount. At some point I will be going 2.5 short-block which means larger turbo too. Probably a 20G~FG/Green sized and you just can’t run that on a TMIC.

Like I said, I’m still looking at other options too. An AWIC would keep everything under the hood and out of site, but have yet to see a well manufactured kit that’s easily available…

Who knows... it's a tough act to balance... I should just cut all the body panels up make it a track only car
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:31 PM   #21
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Here's a great pic of the RS bumper-cover nicely filled with a large FMIC:



another RS...
one more RS
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:37 PM   #22
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that looks good on the RS, but I agree with Mitch about it ruining your sweet legacy.

I would say either get another stock bumper and cut the fines out, or find an aftermarket one with a similar or larger opening. I have always liked Hippo Sleek styling, come on anthony you are a high roller I know you want it

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come on anthony you are a high roller I know you want it
I’m sorry Ben but that’s where you’re wrong…

I’m highly against aftermarket body kits. In fact I don’t think anybody does as good of a job as the manufacture. Aftermarket body kits look like an after-thought to the original design, which in fact is all they are.

On that note, I too agree the Impreza front-end looks a bit “out of place” on the Legacy but it comes down to which looks worse; the Impreza front-end with adequate FMIC opening, or the GT bumper all hacked up for FMIC…

Outback bumpers another option but it just looks goofy without the rest of the lower body cladding down the sides.

[Edit]
I think I need an intervention… This RS bumper is beginning to grow on me…
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Old 02-09-2006, 04:08 PM   #24
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Could you run an FMIC that is tall and narrow more like the older Evo's in shape rather than shorter and wider?

It may keep it in the center, then run an aftermarket grill like Kraziken (slightly modified) that sticks a little forward so that the center of the bumper would be cut a bit, and the intercooler could stick up behind the grill if you needed more room.


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Old 02-09-2006, 05:01 PM   #25
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well i think i might just get the jdm oand cut down the middle and strech it. the reason i was doing this is cause i wanta to go widebody. i needed to know if it worked. so we will see. my fmic is a lil small but for 5 psi not bad. the guy i got it from on a wrx motor had it at 15 psi no problem. so i wanta do alot more research before i go throught with it.

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