Bug/Hood deflector install woes - Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums
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Bug/Hood deflector install woes

I installed OEM Subaru bug deflector on my 08 LL Bean. Installation is easy, EXCEPT removing the upper grille trim piece (attached to the hood), which should have been easy, was ridiculous, only because of the corroded screws/nut caps attaching the thing. Two screws just spun around. A couple of squirts of penetrating fluid and some lifting up on trim to kind of hold screw with friction. Well you know where that led. Snap! If you're wondering, new upper grille trim piece - $97, plus $1.22 for each nut cap. I got the trim off, and could see that there was no way, no how the two problem screws were going to be unscrewed. I had to cut them off. Soooo total cost: $62 for bug deflector, $100 for trim and screws. $162 plus shipping costs for the whole deal. Nice!

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