Thank you, the Loadwarrior is def worth the purchase. From carrying camping gear to carrying a fullsize spare with the Yakima bracket, its the most practical mod for sure. There is very minor windnoise at 110km/h on the empty basket, however with the tire its more noticeable. To be fair, I have come from a 94 Twin Turbo Legacy with minimal noise insulation and a 3" catback. I found the forester way to quiet stock, with the basket added a hint of noise, the tire is pretty liveable. Ive also done a 2.5" STI Catback with Nameless Mufflers and its even louder then the Legacy on WOT but quieter on cruise and idle. but if you mean drag as in RPM's/milage... maybe eating up an extra 1 L/100KM's. However the piece of mind for the full size spare and carrying capabilities outweighs the extra fuel costs.
Grill was originally dipped along with the fog bezels. The dragonflies and bugs ate through it fairly quick. I grabbed some 3M DiNoc Carbon Wrap and did it up. Took a week doing a piece a night or so. Slow process and its not perfect but decent enough I can live with. Pinstripe is some vinyl hand laid in there. Easy to apply and can be gotten in many colours.
Nice. I'm thinking about it just for improving space in mine. The luxury would be nice considering a passenger, a 16 month old, and all our gear. I have a Yakima bike tray, and don't want to counter brands. It's been dumping snow, and the place I wash my car for free is being rebuilt. I'll post pics soon. I have a dark gray FXT. Just had the front chrome wrapped gloss black. Fog lights are tinted yellow (I like the contrast, and looks better on snow then white light). Also had the chrome trim around the fog lights Carbon wrapped. Props for doing the wrap yourself! I had mine done by Zach Ahn in SLC, UT. He's done full car wraps, and regularly tints and wraps.
I really want to get some of the "cheek lights" on the front fascia. Not sure what those vertical LEDs are actually called? I really like the OEM ones, but they are pricey from Japan Parts (not to mentioned shipping). Although the currency exchange rate from USD to Japanese is in a better position than it has been. I've seen some on ebay, but they look kinda cheap. I definitely want to fit the lights without bracket issues, and has distinct "good" quality LEDs lined up.
I'll share photos with everyone soon. Too much snow, no car wash (yet), and need to borrow my friends DSLR.