BugeyeGarage Bugeye: The Bottom Line…
Just got a new part from HT Autos in the U.K.:
I’ve been trying to get a “bottom line” side skirt for my bugeye like the ones several aftermarket companies make for the 2008-2011 STI.
The bottom line is essentially an extension of the v-limited front lip for your side skirt. It adds a subtle clean look to the car which is what I’ve been going for lately with the addition of a V-limited front lip from JNA performance… sort of the “Gentleman’s GT1” approach.
A couple of companies offer this part for late model (2008+) STI’s. Chargespeed is probably the best known company to offer a full bottom line kit, in both flat and “flared” style, although other companies quickly followed suit. Even STI itself this past year came out with a bottom line kit for the 2008-2011 STI:
< < This is a JDM STI part for the GRB/GVB.
The GRB sideskirts are about 4-inches too long, and the bottom lines are commonly made out of fiberglass and carbon fiber which aren’t easily modified, making retrofits hitherto difficult. However, HT Autos recently released a bottom line kit *****for the 2008+ STI AND NOT FOR THE BUGEYE***** in polyurethane – a flexible, and more importantly, easy to cut material that is frequently used in front lips and other body pieces. HT Autos has made a name for itself in developing Subaru aftermarket body pieces, and the UK has no shortage of demanding Subaru enthusiasts.
I gave it a shot and ordered it, 3 days later this piece showed up at my front door. I plan to shorten it, which will leave one end open ended (but to be fair my JNA lip is also open ended and I kind of like the look), and then retrofit to my bugeye.
Test fit pics:
^ ^ you can see how much longer the bottom line kit is
More to come soon !
Side notes: Chargespeed also offers a more ‘aggressive’ looking 04-07 STI sideskirt bottom line piece, which people have also successfully retrofit to the bugeye sideskirt: