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Just got some side molding and the instruction suck! Are they that hard to put on? Anyone got some tips or vid maybe.....?
 

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That's a good thread. The instructions may seem daunting, but they are very linear. Just take it one step at a time and it will go quickly and smoothly. For me the first side took about a half hour and the second side about 15 minutes. The template works very well and when taped on, gets the moldings in just the right place.
 

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It would certainly help if you could raise the OB on a lift so the bottom of the doors were at eye level when installing the side molding. Most people wouldn’t have access to a lift but I found I could use a set of old car ramps. I put both ramps on the same side I was installing the molding on - this tilted that side up - not as good as eye level but better than at ground level. The OB has enough ground clearance so a ramp would fit in front of the rear wheel as well as the front.
 

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the instructions make it look much harder than it actually is. i have torn mine off several times and while they're pretty easy to put back on, i decided to drill holes in them and bolt them to the fenders. just be careful not to lose any of the fasteners, i dont know where to get replacements. oops, wrong thread
 

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Looks dorky and accentuates the height with them colored body color.
 

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I got them on looks great and wasn't that hard I just had to get some tools now got them. molding and the rally armor flaps look great together. Now wheels on a white outback. size kind any recommendation would help.


Thanks for all the help guys Jared P.
 

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I am so happy to see this - I may get these in the near future and would LOVE to not pay the labor. What sort of tools does one need?
I already see I have to get that prying tool shown on the instructions to the seat back protectors. No idea what its called but hopefully can find one at a local store.
 

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I am so happy to see this - I may get these in the near future and would LOVE to not pay the labor. What sort of tools does one need?
I already see I have to get that prying tool shown on the instructions to the seat back protectors. No idea what its called but hopefully can find one at a local store.
Prying tool?

I installed the seat back protectors with a ruler, masking tape and a phillips screwdriver.
 

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Prying tool?

I installed the seat back protectors with a ruler, masking tape and a phillips screwdriver.
Its the tool shown in the instructions - I dont know. I havent tried to install yet. Maybe its not so necessary.
 

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Seems like there's 2 threads going on here.

There's the body side molding that attaches to the doors. You need some tape to hold the instructions/templates to the door.

Then there's the wheel well molding. For that you'll need a phillips and straight screw driver. A drill, a drill stop, and a wax pencil.
 

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Its the tool shown in the instructions - I dont know. I havent tried to install yet. Maybe its not so necessary.
I only used the masking tape to mark the places where the RSBP should go, after measuring down from the top of the seat back.
 

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I didn't have any tools at all so I got a little phillips and a drill from lowe's here in town. A friend and I got them on in about 1 hr 20mins I want to say was quick once you get one on and see how it all goes on. I'll post pic as soon as I can. All my friends think I am weird for wanting to add stuff to an outback like this. They say just use it as is why are you getting all this stuff.
 

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I didn't have any tools at all so I got a little phillips and a drill from lowe's here in town. A friend and I got them on in about 1 hr 20mins I want to say was quick once you get one on and see how it all goes on. I'll post pic as soon as I can. All my friends think I am weird for wanting to add stuff to an outback like this. They say just use it as is why are you getting all this stuff.
Oh yeah, I used an awl too, to punch the holes
 

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I didn't have any tools at all so I got a little phillips and a drill from lowe's here in town. A friend and I got them on in about 1 hr 20mins I want to say was quick once you get one on and see how it all goes on. I'll post pic as soon as I can. All my friends think I am weird for wanting to add stuff to an outback like this. They say just use it as is why are you getting all this stuff.

I have found the things most people I know have called me "weird" for - and there have been MANY - tend to be the things that I am most proud of, not to mention the things that later they are complimenting me on. ;)

Whats wrong with a little customizing it - a little individuality? making it YOURS!

Does anyone buy a house and just "use it as is"?
 

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Prying tool?

I installed the seat back protectors with a ruler, masking tape and a phillips screwdriver.

Now I know why you asked this question. Finally picked up the CORRECT rear seat protectors - they had given me the ones for the Impreza by accident.
The Impreza instructions require a prying tool, the Outback instructions dont.
 

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Prying tool?

I installed the seat back protectors with a ruler, masking tape and a phillips screwdriver.
Ha, I just eyeballed it and stabbed a screwdriver through the holes lol.
 

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Ha, I just eyeballed it and stabbed a screwdriver through the holes lol.
The impreza's attach to some points that already exists under the carpert - you have to lift it up. I dont see anything like that in these Outback instructions. I assumed it was the same and couldnt figure out how I was going to get the carpet up in the outback - these just look like you pick a point and screw in?
 

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Line them up where you want them, use a awl (phillips head screw driver is more common) to stab a hole in the carpet. Then you take the little fasteners and screw them into the carpet where you punctured the hole.
 

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Wow this thread is confusing. Hopefully the original poster isn't drilling holes to put on the body side molding... or attaching seat back protectors to his wheel well arches :D
 
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