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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Compatible Body Parts?

What parts are compatible between the '98-'00 body styles, or even later years? The Subie I have has several dents in it, and I'm interested in replacing the passenger side front door and driver's side front fender. I may even have to replace the passenger side rear door, but I'm not sure yet as I have not tried to see if I can get the small dent out. Thanks for your help.

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98-02, everything is the same except the head lights, grill, tail lights, and trunk lid. 98-00 is one style, 01-02 is another style.
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Thanks a bunch

There are no salvage yards within a 100 mile radius of this place with a '99, so I was hoping the parts were similar enough to switch. I need a few pieces, and there is a sweet '02 in a local salvage yard that has everything I need, doors and all.

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the doors are the same, the part that will be different is the plastic panels on the doors, they look slightly different. but, they will fit.. fenders are the same as well.

heres the difference.

2 outward body lines in the plastic, vs one inward line



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Now, if you could point me to some instructions for door removal, and for swapping those trim pieces, that would be greatly appreciated...I plan on going piece-picking sometime soon. There are a couple of different year Subies locally in salvage yeards, so I know I'm going to have to switch the trim pieces. There's a super-sweet black '02 that has a lot of good parts on it, and that's what I'm gonna shoot for, for my pieces.

SN: I did a search for door removal, but didn't come up with much of anything useful.

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Door removal is pretty straightforward, but it's much easier if you have a helper to hold it while you unbolt the hinges. You'll need to disconnect the wiring that goes to the door. Not having done a Subaru door, I don't know if the plug is inside the door or inside the hinge pillar but it's typically the latter.

The lower garnish moldings, as we call them, are clipped on but also have some adhesive tape across the top.

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so do the side mirrors swap in these years, seems like most act as if a 98 is different from the 99-02
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fenders, doors and mirrors will swap right over. though the cladding will, too, it'll just have a different look.

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