Featured Mod: Painted Mirror Caps/Rear Strut Bar
Difficulty Level: Low/Moderate
|Looks can be deceiving...|
First of I just would like to apologize for taking so long to get these up here! Life has been really crazy moving into my new house and all so I haven't had time to post up here. For more real time updates check out my Facebook Page :)
The first mod is going to be the easier one. For everyone who owns a WRX TR or an Impreza, the flat black non-painted mirror caps can be kind of a pain and look rather ugly. I'll show you how to fix that ;)
There's a great company called "Dupli-Color" who will match your cars OEM paint color and send you some in a spray paint can. I got a few cans of my Obsidian Black Pearl for doing little things like this. Also my loyal dedication to Krylon continued through this paint project as well.
|Naked and Spider infested|
|Rough and tumble|
|All primed up|
As you can see in the picture the paint isn't perfect, it has some orange-peeling to it. This was done intentionally because the stock Subaru paint does have some slight bumps to it. If you really wanted to get rid of it you should wet sand the paint and a good coat of wax would help.
Next you pop it back into place and there you go! A pretty simple and easy thing to do but it really changes the look of the car.
|You can kinda see it here....not really|
Rear Strut Bar
While putting in a rear strut bar may seem straight forward, it took me MUCH longer then what I anticipated and there was an actual order to do it so I'll write it up for anyone who doesn't know how...
If you open up you're trunk you'll see two holes (circled in red). This is where the bar will be coming out of.
First you have to take out the rear seats. Once you take out the two bolts holding in the rear portion of the seat you will expose the bolts holding in the top part of the seat.
|There's four of them|
Once you've taken out the four bolts you should be able to pull up on the seat and completely remove it from the car. If its getting snagged pull open the rear pass-through.
Now that that's complete you should be here...
If you look in the two upper corners you should see the silver area where the strut bar will attach.
To make your lives easier I highly recommend taking out the rear seat belt retractors. If you don't you'll be fighting with them the entire time and you won't be able to get a angle on the bar.
Once they're out place the two strut bar mounts on the strut bolts but don't tighten them down. Just thread a bolt or two on there loosely so they can move around a little but won't pop off of the studs. The end of the bars should be sticking through the holes you can see from the trunk.
|Little roughed up|
Once you remove your friends and dog from the trunk area...
...You can connect one side of the bar to the mount, then the other!
Be sure to connect the bar prior to bolting down the mounts, otherwise it wont line up right and you won't be able to connect everything.
Tighten everything down, put your seats and seat belts back in and you're good to go! Convenient little tie down in the trunk now ;)
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-The Subaru Project