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    need to wear a little protection!

    2nd Subie-first WRX! just 750mi old and has gone down some trail access roads already (do a lot of mtbiking/trail run). I think I need to bolt on some mud flaps asap.
    Any suggestions with aftermarket? there doesn't seem to be Subie made for the '11 hatches. any suggestions would be great. Just joined so sorry if topics' been discussed.

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    Rally Armor makes some good ones. A little pricey but their high quality

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    Flapatax also makes them for half the price

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    thanx guys. Does one mount easier than the other? I'm all about simplicity- set and forget -. My next issue is a hitchmount to fit these quad exhausts, too. nothing in sight on that end as well...

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    I have the flapatax, and they were a very easy install. I like them.

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    I dont mean to sound ignorant about this but what exactly to mudflaps do on a WRX? I mean I guess I could see how they might keep a little dirt of the areas directly behind the wheels but is driving offroad without them going to damage my car in anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowpr View Post
    I have the flapatax, and they were a very easy install. I like them.
    just jumped on their site. the price is $100 less than the rallydirects. no frame bracket for the flap and fancy logos. perfect. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marioshi
    I dont mean to sound ignorant about this but what exactly to mudflaps do on a WRX? I mean I guess I could see how they might keep a little dirt of the areas directly behind the wheels but is driving offroad without them going to damage my car in anyway?
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    Hmm, how would it get up on the paint? Like on the bumper? Any pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post

    If you kick up stones, you can damage the paint
    That, and I think they look good.

    Added bonus is it tells you when you're close to the curb when parking. lol

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    Mo' Protection

    I just bought a 2011 STi a few weeks ago and I had a starshield (3M product) put on it. There are other manufacturers out there Limine-X if you want an alternative to the 3M but it is a clear paint protection that is applied like a film to the front of the car. It comes in a custom kit already precut so if you are brave you can try it yourself. If is clear so you cannot even see it unless you are on top of the car and looking right at it. I am not sure if the WRXs come with it but my STI came with it on the rear fenders from the factory. I had the front down to match. Will most def protect the paint.

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    I believe you are referring to the clearbra.Yes the wrx comes with clear film over the lower corner of the rear door.I would not advise anybody without experience try to apply it yourself.It is a PITA to get it right.I got most of the vital areas covered and it only cost me the price of the pre cut kit.Although the only thing you can do to definitely protect your car from chips is to wrap the whole car in clear bra.I now have 2 chips in areas not covered by the bra.The areas protected by the mudflaps are areas that are usually not included in pre cut kits like the lower portion of the front doors and the rear bumper,although you can get impact zone clear bras for the rear bumper.
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    I am planning on ordering the Rally Armor mud flaps, more for the look than for the actual protection although they will help keep some of the dirt and grime off the sides of the car. All cars collect scratches, dings and paint chips - my goal is to just minimize them in 'risky' areas. Clearbra/Starshield products help in the areas they cover, but you're right, unless you cover the entire car there is still exposure.

    I am having mine wrapped by an installer mainly because I can imagine how difficult it will be to do right - I am brave enough to try some things, but not something as fiddly as a starshield.

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