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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    Quote Originally Posted by nmasse View Post
    thanks for the help...so if im understanding you correctly, i just need to pick up some weather stripping?
    Yes. I would double check your color matched piece to make sure you don't already have the weatherstripping on it. Another thing I've heard people do is reuse the foam from the old piece, but that seems like a lot more work and you'd have to be lucky enough that the foam doesn't tear and still sticks to the new piece.
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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    i rather dont put back the foam strip since with the foam strip there was already some bit of rust when i removed the OEM chrome strip... i prefer if the water can leak out easily
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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    interesting...damned if you damned if you dont i guess...isnt the stripping probably there to protect the hatch switch? as far as the hardware to bolt the damn thing down, are these all reusable bolts or are they the plastic clip things that usually break once u remove them?
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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    There are 2 philips head plastic clips that you have to remove, but they come off easily. Everything else is either a screw or nut (all reusable). Its really not a hard install. Just a little time comsuming.
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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    I'll be using this thread tomorrow when i paint mine!

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    wow.. that's a lot of work just to get that thing off... thanks for doing this.
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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    Nice write-up. Definitely going to use this when I swap mine out. Thanks.
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    Swapped mine out and also did my STI wing. Easy peasy.
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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    Quote Originally Posted by Courteau View Post
    i rather dont put back the foam strip since with the foam strip there was already some bit of rust when i removed the OEM chrome strip... i prefer if the water can leak out easily
    I just got my trim peace from SGP, I was inspecting the area and I see rust popping out the top of the trim just above the emblem.
    What is rusting under there and should I get it looked at by subaru? I don't want to replace the trim, then find out that some body work needs to be done and Subaru blame me for the rust.

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    Re: DIY: Hatch Trim Swap (with plenty of pictures)

    And viola!



    Thanks for the instructions, total time was probably 1/2 hour to 45 min. For the planged bolts on the tail light, I used a screwdriver type tool that came with my socket set and took the 8mm socket. For the flanged bolts that held the trim on, I used the driver on the middle two. for the outer two, I loosened them with the socket but them just took them off by hand.

    Awesome write-up. Thanks again!
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