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#1 Old 12-07-2009, 10:55 PM
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Just got rally armor and Hella Supertone

Just thought I'd let everyone know I just ordered my rally armor mudflaps and and hella supertone 118 db!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I know you'll enjoy the Supertones... mine make me feel like my middle finger is a foot and a half tall. Only thing is, they've faded a bit since I installed them 2 1/2 years ago, so now instead of bright/brilliant red, they're more of a cherry blossom red bordering on dark pink, but I still like them. I'm actually pondering whether or not I'd like a set of mud flaps for my car. Post up some pics when everything is installed if you get a chance.

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I will post up some pics for sure. hoping to do everything friday. Ive been meaning to ask you about your snowboard rack(seen you on different posts). I was at my local board shop and I got quoted for about 350 for the yakima snowboard rack. How much did you pay and what exact pieces did you get because they had about 4 different pieces they said I needed.
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I bought everything brand new from RackAttack.com which I found to be the least expensive at the time.

Parts I needed:
Yakima FatCat 6 ski/snowboard carrier (holds 4 snowboards or 6 pair of skis) - $179.10
Yakima Q Towers (1 pack of 4) - $135.00
Yakima SKS Cores/Locks (6 of them, one for each of the 4 Q Towers and one for each of the 2 FatCat6 racks) - $58.50
Yakima 48 inch cross bars (1 set of 2) - $58.50
Yakima 44 inch fairing - $58.50
Yakima Q7 clips (2 packs of 2) - $63.00

Total = $552.60 (Shipping was free, thank goodness)

It can be sort of hard to imagine, but this is how it works: the Q clips physically hold the entire roof rack assembly to the car. The Q7 clips are actually made for different car models, but I chose to custom mount my rack for a more secure and flush fit and that's what the recipe called for - you basically cut, bend, and paint them (Here's the link I followed: How To: Custom Installed Yakima Rack - NASIOC). Otherwise, you'll have to get a different model Q clip and the rack would mount between the glass and trim around your windows I think - which seems like a horrible idea to me - and it's supposedly a weaker way to mount it. The Q clips hold the Q towers to the car. The Q Towers support the cross bars. And obviously the ski/snowboard carrier, fairing, and/or any other accessories you want to have mounted to your car mount on the cross bars. It's sort of inconvenient that you have to buy the lock cores separately, but it's a really good idea to have them because if you don't, anybody could walk by your car and pop off the little plastic plugs where the locks would have been installed and remove the whole thing pretty easily - and as you can see, it's not cheap. At least the SKS (Same Key System) ensures that you only need one key to operate all the locks - and if you need a replacement lock cylinder, one can be made according to your specific key, so they should always match. Even if you buy some or all of it used, you're still talking about several hundred bucks. There are ways you can do it cheaper, like obviously buying parts used, or omitting the fairing, opting for a less expensive ski/snowboard carrying unit, or omitting the lock cores. You can also go with a different brand, which can sometimes be cheaper. That's just the setup I chose to go with after some research and good personal experience with Yakima products in the past.

After one complete winter season having it mounted, I noticed that the insides of the ends of both crossbars have developed a little rust because the plastic end caps don't completely seal the bars from the elements. I tried to sand off as much as I could and smeared a dab of grease on them to help prevent them from rusting any further, but that almost seems inevitable. Worst case, I'll have to buy a new set of crossbars and cut them to length again - not too big of a deal. The Q Towers and ski/snowboard carrier are in excellent shape. The carrier, itself, has a few dead bugs on the front of it, but it really didn't seem to fade very much after being on for a few months and sitting in the sun. The fairing took most of the abuse from bugs and other debris. It has a fair amount of nicks, scratches, and dead bugs on it - which I might just cover up with stickers this year. Other damage included a cracked plastic crossbar end cap and a broken core clip (thin metal piece that holds the lock core in place), so I had to order those for everything to be fully operational this year.

So add to the previous total:
Yakima Replacement End Caps (set of 4) - $8.00
Yakima Q Tower Lock Housing Clips (set of 4) - $3.60

...and a roll of clear electric tape (several bucks more) which I'll use as a layer of insulation underneath the foot pads of the Q Towers to keep them from contacting my roof paint directly this year - the paint was moderately scratched last year from the Q Tower feet contacting the paint directly. I was able to buff almost all of it out using rubbing compound, but I'd rather not have to do that again. During the entire winter, I never took the rack off to clean it, so that could partially be my fault, but I prefer to have the rack be a once-and-done thing for the season once I put it on. I plan to put down a little more tape than I need and then carefully/neatly trim it with a razor blade so it doesn't show.

Hopefully I've answered most of your questions, but if you have any more, feel free to ask.

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Man, lucky on the mudflaps and supertones. My wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas. She said probably car parts, and I said yes. Those are the exact two things I asked for and she said I dont get mudflaps on my car. But good score on the parts. Good luck with installation.

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Good subtle moderating Joshua - thanks for bringing us back on topic. Sorry about that, but I figured that info might be helpful for anyone else who happens to be interested in roof racks.

About the mudflaps, they seem to be a "love them" or "hate them" kind of thing. I happen to love the way they look on other cars, but I'm not so sure I'd love them on my car. I guess that's because I don't have them yet

What color combo are you guys getting or thinking about getting? I think I'd probably go with the black flaps with red letters for my black 07.

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Good subtle moderating Joshua - thanks for bringing us back on topic. Sorry about that, but I figured that info might be helpful for anyone else who happens to be interested in roof racks.

About the mudflaps, they seem to be a "love them" or "hate them" kind of thing. I happen to love the way they look on other cars, but I'm not so sure I'd love them on my car. I guess that's because I don't have them yet

What color combo are you guys getting or thinking about getting? I think I'd probably go with the black flaps with red letters for my black 07.
John not a problem. I wasnt trying to detract from the info that you put out. Its great info, and Im very glad you shared it. The roof rack is something else I have considered but again the wife has said no.

I love the mudflaps honestly. I think they are both good looking and functional. I want the black, with probably blue one them. And I just recently thought of that becuase when I put the new rims on, the came with blue valve stems. Just something to tie it together (and have also recently considered painting my calipers blue to go along with it also).

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Thank You so much for the info on the snowboard rack. Im deffinately going to get that when my next paycheck comes in I go to the mountain enough to where its totally worth it. I got the Black urethane flaps with the red lettering for my 06 WRB wrx.
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Once you get the mudflaps installed, if you can post up some pics of them.

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I second that. Installed pics of the mudflaps would be excellent. My brother is supposed to be getting me the Rallyarmor flaps with blue lettering for Christmas.

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I threw the black/gray mudflaps on my silver 09... Took these in Jackson Hole, couple glamor shots not really for the mudflaps but you can kinda see them nonetheless.




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No dude, the pictures didn't work.

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Got em working... See above.

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Should be a rear shot of the mudflaps...lol. Hate to be picky.

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Yeah I know.. I haven't really taken any shots of the car yet with the exception of these. I want to get out and take pictures of everything but I'm too lazy after I get home from work.

I did start a thread about this a while back and got a couple pictures:

http://www.wrxtuners.com/forums/f51/...s-08-wrx-27149

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