New car parts! This time it’s a set of Genuine Subaru Wind Deflectors, or ‘Side Visors’ as they’re officially called. Let’s get them installed:
Bought from a Subaru dealer here in the UK for approx £90, it’s a pricely sum to pay for a couple of strips of plastic.
But they’re quite rare – you certainly don’t see them on every Impreza of this era. And they’re genuine Subaru optional parts – so why not fit them?
Let’s see what’s in the box:
Product code E3610FE000
Installing Impreza Wind Deflectors
The first thing the instructions call for is removing the rubber trim above the doors.
There’s also a screw that needs to be removed in order to secure one of three types of bracket included.
These brackets are placed along the length of the visor and keep it snug in place against the frame of the car.
Each visor is pre-affixed with a length of double-sided tape too for extra security. So peel that off and it’s solid.
The result looks like this. Now to repeat on the other side.
As before, here’s that screw with the new bracket in place.
Getting the tape stuck on:
And a quick before/after shot of the same side.
The embossed Subaru emblem is a nice touch. A reassurance that the parts are genuine items.
So how do they perform? Well for me it was always a matter of form over function. They do allow you to open the window for some fresh air without getting quite so blown away.
One thing I do appreciate about fitting wind deflectors is that they allow you to open the window a smidgen during rain without the water then pouring in through the gap. And that’s all important here in sunny England.
They’re pricey, but they make a pretty decent modification.
Subaru Visor Fitting Instructions
As requested in the comments, I’ve scanned the fitting instructions to images and a PDF so you may download and keep for your own reference should you need them.
Images here, and a downloadable PDF at the bottom.