Monday, May 14, 2012
Fogs and flaps for our Forester
The Fog Light Kit fit 100% perfectly, as it should with an OEM part. The installation took about an hour-and-a-half total, and was a piece of cake—I didn't even need to remove the bumper. All of the wiring is already there, you just need to pop out the factory inserts, install the included turn signal/light stalk that includes the switch to turn on the lights, throw in the lights, and hook 'em up. Price? $259.00.
Next up was a set of Rally Armor mud flaps made specifically for the Forester. These are not a generic application. Our Forester did come with the factory splash guards, but we wanted a bit more protection. The Rally Armor flaps are durable and wide, which will help protect the car's paint when we take it up the mountain during ski season or on gravel roads. We had Rally Armor flaps on our Suzuki SX4 and really liked them.
The flaps come with all the needed hardware and can be installed without removing the wheels, although you do need an off-set screwdriver of some sort. All of the metal hardware is stainless, which is a plus. Additionally, the flap material is very tough! They stick out a little ways from the body, which will be great for when we upgrade the wheels to a wider 17-inch wheel and tire. Price? $139.99—a lot cheaper than a new paint job.
I bought both of these items at Primitive Racing in Tigard, Oregon. The crew there are experts when it comes to both Subaru and Suzuki SX4 products. Highly recommended!