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2014 Subaru Forester Wheel Arch Molding not standard.

I'm Just curious why 2014 subaru forester wheel arch molding kit is not standard...New Rav4, CR-V, Escape, CX-5 is all standard. I hope they change next year.
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My guess would be that it is another way for you to create "your" own forester as opposed to just another one with wheel upening mouldings.
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I'm Just curious why 2014 subaru forester wheel arch molding kit is not standard...New Rav4, CR-V, Escape, CX-5 is all standard. I hope they change next year.
Highly unlikely they will become standard. They have been an option on the Outback since 2010 and the last generation Forester. And they are NOT cheap -- over $400.

From a marketing standpoint, Subaru will tell you that many people prefer the cleaner look without them while giving others the choice to add them for a rugged look. But in reality, it's all about money, and they have to de-content some things to keep base prices down. Afterall, Suabru is selling AWD cars for about the same price as others' comparably equipped FWD, so they have to cut costs elsewhere. Cross bars and cargo cover used to be standard on early generation Foresters, too.

Wheel arch moldings are standard in the XV Crosstrek because they are used as a differentiator from the Impreza, but you're also paying for them in the jacked-up pricing ($1600+, pun intended) compared to the Impreza.

Incidentally, as of the date I am writing this, wheel arch moldings are not yet available for '14 Forester. Hopefully they'll be out by this summer.

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Do folks recommend them as an accessory? I searched the forum but saw a lot of complaints about them falling off over time and also trapping grit underneath them which can cause more corrosion.
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I really like the look of them. Had a set on my Saturn VUE (plastic body panels). Would not consider a set for my Forester though - one more place for rust to start from.
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Do folks recommend them as an accessory? I searched the forum but saw a lot of complaints about them falling off over time and also trapping grit underneath them which can cause more corrosion.
I had them on my 2010 Outback and liked the look of them, but the only picture I could find of them on the '14 Forester was the Japanese Forester accessory brochure, as they are late availability. The photo does not show the whole car, so it's hard to see them in proportion to the whole car, but from what I can see, they look thick and chunky, so my thoughts are that I will pass on them. See attached.
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They are rust factories.

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2014 Forester Wheel Arch Molding Kit

Any way of finding out if the "14" kit is available?
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Subaru says "later 2013" in the accessory brochure. You can call the dealership every so often and check.
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Subaru said they will be available later this year. I wonder how they will look on my black Forester?



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Having had factory-installed arches on my previous Suzuki SX4 and Honda CR-V, they can be a chore to maintain in a sunny/southwest climate. Weathering and oxidation become evident after two or three years, and restorative products ( la Mothers Back-to-Black) are generally only effective for a few months -- or less, if the vehicle's stored outside.

I like the Forester's clean presentation and don't (at all) miss the SUV cladding that was de rigueur in the '90s and '00s.
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Having had factory-installed arches on my previous Suzuki SX4 and Honda CR-V, they can be a chore to maintain in a sunny/southwest climate. Weathering and oxidation become evident after two or three years, and restorative products ( la Mothers Back-to-Black) are generally only effective for a few months -- or less, if the vehicle's stored outside.

I like the Forester's clean presentation and don't (at all) miss the SUV cladding that was de rigueur in the '90s and '00s.
Do you have the part number for the wheel arch molding kit?? Been dying to get these for my XT. It looks too anemic for the rest of its style with out. Also have any rear straight on shots? Thanks.
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Do you have the part number for the wheel arch molding kit?? Been dying to get these for my XT. It looks too anemic for the rest of its style with out. Also have any rear straight on shots? Thanks.
Arch moldings have been cancelled... so do not expect them anytime in the near future from Subaru.

SOA Update on Availability of Select Protection Accessories

This guy made his own: Installed Stripe and Wheel Arch Molding

Maybe someone will make some aftermarket ones down the road.

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Arch moldings have been cancelled... so do not expect them anytime in the near future from Subaru.

SOA Update on Availability of Select Protection Accessories

This guy made his own: Installed Stripe and Wheel Arch Molding

Maybe someone will make some aftermarket ones down the road.

That guy's Forester looks awesome!
He even made a picture of his one of a kind Forester into a poster!


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There are enough plastic trim bits to trap dirt and moisture against the body as it is. Cladding never ages well.
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