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Butt flap installed!

MOD #7 is complete!

The rear spoiler, or "butt flap" as I like to call it was installed today with my son's help.

Before you start this MOD, consider waxing the area where the spoiler will attach. Odds are good that you'll never see that area again!

This MOD isn't what I'd call difficult, but having to drill 4 holes thru the hatch is kind of scary. There is one step that I didn't take pictures of & that was the positioning of the paper template (piece of crap!). Drill the hole thru the locating hole or indent. The template uses this hole as reference point to position the second hole. I should note here that even if you do everything perfectly, the inner two holes may appear to be off due to the paper template positioning. Don't let this bother you, just elongate the holes toward the center of the hatch (slightly!). That area is covered by the spoiler, so it will not be seen. Do this on both inner holes. It won't take much, just enough so you can insert the stud on one end in its hole & pull the spoiler enough to get the other stud to seat. Once this is done, you'll see the outside holes will line up perfectly. I used a 1/16" bit to drill the pilot hole & a 1/4" bit for the final hole size. Of course the holes should be deburred & coated with a rust preventative. I used NO-OX-ID "A", which is a electrical terminal grease. I suspect even dielectric grease would work.

I have to admit I'm not a fan of the butt flap, or rear spoiler, preferring the more functional rear dust defector. On this Forester it seemed right & adds a finishing touch to the rear lines.

Bobby...

Before & after.

The picture shows the locating hole or indent, marked in yellow. This is where you drill first & the paper template (piece of crap!) uses this hole as a reference point to locate the second mounting hole. The lower picture shows the the pilot hole drilled.



1/4" holes drilled.


These pictures show the fasteners. The stud in the sheet metal cutout & the screw below. If you look closely, you can see the protective grease, which hasn't been wiped off yet. The purpose of the rust preventive is keep moisture from getting to the exposed or raw sheet metal. Use a liberal amount of grease, so it squeezes out when the fasteners are tightened.


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Cabin filter changed - August 2009!

I've had the Forester for about a month now, so I figured it was time to change out the cabin filter. If I had to guess, the previous owner never bothered to change it! :icon_eek:

Note: '03-'05 has "9" screws which have to be removed so the the glove compartment can be removed to access the cabin filter. '06-'08 has "7" screws. Keep in mind it's easy to remove the wrong screws from the bottom. the screws you want to remove are on either side, not directly under the glove compartment door! I posted the instructions here if you need them. :wink:

Bobby...

The old cabin filter on the left & the new replacement filter on the right.

No need to pay big bucks for a replacement cabin filter. I found a couple on the internet for under $10 each with free shipping. Shop around & save! :wink:

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High mount stop light trim caps

I thought the high mount stop light screw caps were missing, but when I was ordering a replacement from Jackie (SubaruPartsGirl), a supporting vendor here on the forum, she said they're leaving them off. Jackie's direct number at Annapolis Subaru is (866) 509-3019. To me it looks unfinished, so I had to have the covers. :smile:

It's called a "cap" & the part number is 84956AA050ND. One per package, so you need 2. :wink:

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No caps on the upper picture & with caps installed on the lower picture.


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Auto dimming mirror with compass installed.

MOD #8 is complete! :biggrin:

I had one of these in the '03 X & I really liked it. This one has an updated design with the compass in the mirror. :cool: The installation is very easy & it comes with detailed instructions, so I'm not going to do a step-by-step installation write up. The only difficulty I had was with the window mount. The mirror seems a bit loose to me, so I removed it & reinstalled the spring. That corrected the looseness & the mirror is now tight. :smile:

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I've had the '07 for about a month now, so I figured it was time to change out the cabin filter. If I had to guess, the previous owner never bothered to change it! :icon_eek:

Note: '03-'05 has "9" screws which have to be removed so the the glove compartment can be removed to access the cabin filter. '06-'08 has "7" screws. Keep in mind it's easy to remove the wrong screws from the bottom. the screws you want to remove are on either side, not directly under the glove compartment door! :wink:

Bobby...
So, how often should I clean that? I haven't touched mine since I bought it...would the dealer do that?

Also, the caps for the 3rd brake light...where did you order them. I thought it was odd that they were not there.
 

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So, how often should I clean that? I haven't touched mine since I bought it...would the dealer do that?

Also, the caps for the 3rd brake light...where did you order them. I thought it was odd that they were not there.
I see this is your first post, so welcome to the forum. :biggrin:

The owner's manual says to change the cabin filter every 12 months or 7500 miles, which ever comes first. I think this may be too frequent, but it doesn't hurt to look at the filter to see if it needs replacement. :wink:

I got the 3rd brake light screw caps from Jackie (SubaruPartsGril), Annapolis Subaru (866) 509-3019, a supporting vender here on the forum. I live on the West Coast & I prefer to deal with her. :smile:

If you haven't registered at MySuburu, it's a great place to get the information, document your service history & it's free. :cool:

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I thought the previous owner lost mine! :mad: They're $1.22 each from Jackie (SubaruPartsGirl) Annapolis Subaru - (866) 509-3019, but $1.90 each locally. :wink:

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I knew you wanted to put the wing on there!

Let me know how the STi Scoop install goes when it goes in, although I am sure you will be posting it in this thread so I will keep an eye out for it. I would like to get one/put one in as well... Keep it up man!
 

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Nice work! Your spoiler looks ALMOST as good as Smooth's spoiler.
Thanks... I think! :wink:

I would have liked one like Andy's,with the built in brake light, but those are hard to find! :icon_eek:

Bobby...

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Smooth has an 08 spoiler with the built in brake light. He is cooler than the rest of us.
 

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Let me know how the STi Scoop install goes when it goes in, although I am sure you will be posting it in this thread so I will keep an eye out for it. I would like to get one/put one in as well... Keep it up man!
The STi scoop is on order & it's being painted to my specifications, inside & out. The STi scoop is normally painted only on the outside & the the vertical supports are not painted, left as it comes from the mold. It suppose to ship this week. The installation is very simple & I'm going to bend the duct to get it to fit the STi scoop for now. :wink:

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The STi scoop is on order & it's being painted to my specifications, inside & out. The STi scoop is normally painted only on the outside & the the vertical supports are not painted, left as it comes from the mold. It suppose to ship this week. The installation is very simple & I'm going to bend the duct to get it to fit the STi scoop for now. :wink:

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That's how my scoop is painted too! It looks better that way.
 

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Have you already installed an STi TMIC???
Nope, no power MODs yet. :frown: I'm going for the cosmetic & convenience MODs first. :wink:

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I see this is your first post, so welcome to the forum. :biggrin:

The owner's manual says to change the cabin filter every 12 months or 7500 miles, which ever comes first. I think this may be too frequent, but it doesn't hurt to look at the filter to see if it needs replacement. :wink:

I got the 3rd brake light screw caps from Jackie (SubaruPartsGril), Annapolis Subaru (866) 509-3019, a supporting vender here on the forum. I live on the West Coast & I prefer to deal with her. :smile:

If you haven't registered at MySuburu, it's a great place to get the information, document your service history & it's free. :cool:

Bobby...
I will take a look at it soon. I am too from the west coast...I am getting really upset with the one dealer in SW Suburbs....

I have been at MySubaru....My subie is my family's 3rd...we now are on our 4th...still owning 3 of them! WOOT!
 

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I've been using Carr Subaru in Beaverton. Not perfect, but not that bad either. :wink:

Bobby...

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