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Old 04-25-2008, 12:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know its been discussed before but I wanted to share my experiences:
There is an illustrated guide on these forums (HERE) for installing rallyarmor mud flaps. I did this last week and here are my experiences:

-the adjustment feature (side to side, controls how far they 'stick out') does not work as well on the front flap because it does not allow them to go in as far as they do on the rear. They still go in pretty far though, so it was NO problem for me.

-I was able to use the stock screws and mounting brackets on the rear flaps. Also there are two clips on the rear for the 08 (one facing the tire and one facing downwards behind the stock flap, both must be re-inserted.)

The design seems like it will work way better to keep stuff off of the sides and back of the car. As mentioned, it would be nicer if there were a longer 'Outback' version available, but they are still lower and wider than the stock ones.

Here are some pics:

Here it is before:


And after:


And another from after:


Anyway, the look probably isn't for everyone but I really like it myself and they seem like they will do a much better job of keeping stuff off of the car than the stock splash guards.
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Looks good. Personally, I like flappers.

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I think it looks awesome! I love that pic of your car from the rear.

I have RA mudflaps on my STi and love them. I will soon add them to my OB when I have a chance.

How hard was it to remove the stock splash guards?
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Nice looking EisBear!!

14 months later and mine are still solid! I agree they do a great job of keeping crap off of the sides of the wagon... I still wish RallyArmor would make a longer version for the Outback...

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Nice looking EisBear!!

14 months later and mine are still solid! I agree they do a great job of keeping crap off of the sides of the wagon... I still wish RallyArmor would make a longer version for the Outback...

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Yeah, longer would be great, particulary for the rear.

I'm just about to buy a 2001 OB and don't want a repeat of what happened to my L-Series - lots of stone chips just in front of the rear wheel arch caiused by the front wheel picking up lots of gravel.
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Thanks for the compliments guys!

I drove them at the coast this weekend and on a rainy road trip back. I can say that they seem to keep the dirty junk and road film off of the car quite a bit better than the stockers.

As far as ease of getting the rear stock flaps off, there are two screws and two clips. Its not hard once you find them and take them all out. I was looking only for one clip, took it off and it was hung on the last clip. There is another clip that has the 'threads' perpendicular to the ground (you get at it from below, the 'head' is facing the ground) just behind the stock guard. I can send you pics of what I'm talking about if its confusing, but once you see the setup, it should make sense.
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Looks great! I've been thinking about these because one of my rear flaps is tearing.
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Thanks!

Let me add a couple of things --

The "rallyarmor" logo is visible but it is the same color (black) as the flaps themselves. The other option listed on the website is black flap + red logo. These were out of stock when I called but I was set on black anyway. The (very helpful) person I spoke to on the phone also told me they had some black flap + GRAY logo that was a single run and they had a few left. You might ask about these (later I thought that the logo would probably match that gray plastic strip on the rocker pretty well but the black are sweet).

She further told me that the folks at legacygt were trying to do a group buy but I was under some time pressure so I pulled the trigger on it (sorry lgt guys).

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In the sun today, I had a better look at the road film I gathered from about 2.5 hours in the rain total (mixed throughout a 4 hour drive). It seemed less substantial than when I ran in the rain with the stockers, both in thickness and in height. Other variables may have affected this as well: not the same highway, different traffic, different type of rain -- but these variables (while obviously not controlled) really weren't all that different (I've driven in Texas rain on Texas highways a lot).

Obviously longer would be better, but my (albeit short) OB experience seems to comport with others' positive performance experiences with their OBs. As to the look, I love it, but it obviously isn't for everyone. However, to me, they easily look like they could have been OEM when you look at the car. In my mind it looks a bit more serious and beefy with 'em.
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In the how-to link, I noticed the price was $95.

Looking at the $95 and $129 products in the RallyArmor website, I think the latter ones are longer.

Compare this image with this one.

The first image is from the Legacy Classic Mud Flaps Black Logo, the second from the Urethane Rally Mud Flaps.

I think the latter and more expensive ones are longer. I'm tempted to get the grey logo ones for my silver 2008 XT.
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I wish they made these for the Gen 2 OBs
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