Several people have been asking me about the front lip spoiler I put on my car recently. So instead of telling each person sepperately, I thought this would be more helpful.
Here's what I did, a small foam-rubber lip around the out side corner edges.
I bought it from this eBay seller for the low price of $18 plus shipping. He has lots of pictures on his site of this product on various cars.
Edit: This rubber lip is actually a garage door seal that is also available at many hardware and home improvement stores. I found the exact same product at a Lowe's for less than $10 for a 9ft section. I feel a little embaressed by this discovery. Oh well, the effect is still the same and I still like it!
Installing it was a bit tricky at first, but I'll give you the run down on what I found to be most effective. It actually doesn't take much to install these rubber strips.
If you do end up buying from that listing be awere that the length of that rubber lip is only 7ft. Our cars need at least 8ft to make a continous lip spoiler. I had already started the project before I discovered that I didn't have enough to make it from one wheel well arch to the other in one strip. Doh!
So that's why mine is in two pieces. But after stepping back from doing the work, I like this look! And it was easier to do it this way.
So to start, you need to raise the car up on jack stands so that you can get your mellon head under ther to see what's going on as well as you drill with bit installed.
I started at the back edge by the wheel arch and worked around toward the center.
This product doesn't come with double side tape like some of the other eBay offerings. I figured that with the temperature extremes that this car will be exposed to the tape just wasn't going to hold up in the long run. So I used self tapping screws and washers to lock the lip down.
This is the front left spoiler looking from the middle of the car to the left side.
The foam-rubber is a very flexible and bendable product. Before I discovered that the 7ft length wasn't going to make it all the way around I had the lip spoiler attached to just after the center of the car. So will a little finessing it will form to that bump from the outside edge to the center section. Notice the extra holes in the second photo. Oops!
You can't see that unless you get down on your hands and knees and look up under there.
The hardest part is forming the rubber around that almost 90 degree bend from the side to the front. There you will be using at least 3 screws to hold the rubber into the proper shape and form. The washers on the screws really help hold the rubber in place and give it lots of support. Other wise, without the washers, the rubber could pull right over the screw head.
This is the right spoiler looking from the right wheel arch toward the front of the car.
The spacing of the screws isn't even because you will need more screws and washers in certain areas to get the rubber to hold the form of the bumper skin.
To set the screws I used a drill with a 1/16th inch bit to create a pilot hole through the rubber and the plastic bumper skin. Doing it this way aligns the rubber to the bumper skin. And it makes the proccess very easy. I just placed my thumb under and behind the rubber and used my other hand to move the rubber to the desired depth and then locked it down with the first thumb and placed the drill bit just in front of my thumb edge and drilled.
Please make sure that you are very careful doing this technique. Check the location of the drill bit and drill slowly. the plastic that Subar uses on these bumper skins is soft and not a lot of presure is need to drill through this stuff. Double check that if you drill through the plastic that you won't also drill through the front edge of the bumper skin too. Or worse, your thumb!
Check twice, drill once! Measure twice, cut once.
In the end I was really pleased with the over all look of the lip spoiler. It wasn't what I had in mind when I bought it, but now that it's installed, I love it. It really helps the front end look!
Now about those headlights...