Although a genuine STi model, my Impreza was unfortunately missing the most important visual thing – in my opinion – that the STi variants feature. That huge high-rise rear wing STi spoiler.
Here I finally get my hands on one.
When I purchased my Impreza it was perfect in my eyes, except for one thing.
This HUGE replica of a WRC rear wing!
Definitely an acquired taste. Although the novelty of having such a huge rear wing was certainly a talking point, it just didn’t suit the relatively stock styling of the rest of the car.
Sure, if I was building a real rally replica with decals etc, the WRC rear wing is vital. But I’m not. So it needed to go.
Unfortunately the previous owner had bonded and screwed the WRC wing to the boot lid, which meant that I also needed to buy a whole new STi boot lid.
And it needed to be an STi boot lid (not WRX) as these have extra holes pre drilled ready to accept the fitment of the STI spoiler.
Also, it needed to have a round boot lock hole. Newer Impreza’s of this shape (2005 onwards) have a square boot lock hole, so another point to consider if you’re attempting this yourself.
Over on Scoobynet, Matty at MB Developments hooked me up with a genuine STi boot lid and a genuine STi spoiler.
Not cheap at just shy of £400, but it’s something that needed doing. A few days after placing the order, a couple of huge parcels show up at the door.
And so begins the unwrapping process. Props to MB Developments for the extra safe wrapping!
The boot lid emerges…
I see some blue emerging…
Unpacked at last!
A nice little bonus was the addition of two of these Perrin Wing Stabilisers (or ‘stiffies’). Designed to eliminate ‘bounce’ in the STi spoiler, admittedly I just like the look of them.
Now to attach the spoiler to the boot lid. A simple job, it’s simply attached by the set of pre-installed bolts emerging from the bottom of the STi spoiler.
I then took off the WRC spoiler and boot lid from my Impreza to snap a few comparison photos.
So if you ever wanted to see the real-life size difference between the STi and WRC rear spoilers, here you go!
Fitting the new boot lid and STi spoiler is a 2 man job due to the weight and awkwardness. But it’s very easy – just 4 bolts hold the boot lid to the brackets.
And don’t forget to connect up the rear brake light (which the WRC spoiler was lacking), and swap over the boot lock.
And a vast improvement to the rear end!
I also managed to sell the WRC spoiler and boot lid a while after to an eager buyer – recouping some of the costs involved in the transfer process.