REQ info: name of this part (2003 outback)

Discussion in 'Subaru Outback' started by H.W. Stockman, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. What is this exterior trim piece called?
    http://hwstock.org/foglamp_pc.jpg

    Indicated piece is near bottom of photo, around foglamp, on a 2003 Subaru
    Outback Wagon. The picture is a head-on view of the left front. The
    analogous piece on the right side is somewhere out in the desert 10 miles
    west of here.

    I'd like to get a replacement part, but I don't know the part name.

    Thanks.
     
    H.W. Stockman, Feb 6, 2006
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  2. H.W. Stockman

    Wim Guest

    the partname: cover front bumper
    the partnumber 57731AE450MQ or MU
     
    Wim, Feb 6, 2006
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  3. I'm missing only the little piece that fits around the fog lamp on the right
    side. I take it there is no way (apart from a junkyard, maybe) to get just
    that little piece? It snaps into the rest of the cover.
     
    H.W. Stockman, Feb 6, 2006
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  4. That fog light 'grill' is likely available from your dealer, a junkyard,
    ebay, or an online discount dealer. Or take off the other one to match -
    many cars do not have them.
    Contact Jamie at www.subarugenuineparts.com .

    Carl
     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Feb 7, 2006
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  5. or MU

    I've already checked their web-visible inventory... but perhaps Jamie would
    know about parts not on the official web page?

    I don't think it's the "grille" -- it is the molded plastic piece that
    surrounds the fog lamp. When it came off (in the first month I had the
    car), I pressed it back in place. Then a few months later, I heard it pop
    off and go under the wheel, but didn't make the connection till hours later.

    The 2003 Outback has a long nose and a horrible safe takeoff angle, so any
    time one comes to a sudden increase in slope, the car has to brought to a
    near-stop to climb the hill. Anybody around here, who has used the car for
    even vaguely rough roads (not true off-road), has scratches on the bumper
    guard as a minimum, or is missing one or more pieces of plastic (like the
    wonderful 2mm-thick plastic "skid plate" under the bumper).
     
    H.W. Stockman, Feb 7, 2006
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  6. If this is a continuing activity for you, ask around at www.usmb.net
    about metal skid plates, bull bars, etc. for your car. Though shipping
    would likely be prohibitively expensive, the Aussies also make good gear
    for Soobs in more rugged use. Even preserving the airbag sensor function.

    Carl
     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Feb 7, 2006
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  7. I've had a rear skid plate since shortly after I bought the car, and and
    getting a front skid plate in a few days. I bashed the nose probably in the
    first month I had the soob, and have been much more careful since. I never
    drive off-road, but around here, many of the roads, formerly regarded as
    2wd, are now quite bad.

    I see the biggest problems as:
    1) lack of protection for the lower exhaust, no matter what skid plates you
    get;
    2) the nose problem (takeoff angle); many of the roads around here travel in
    a level wash, then suddenly cut up the side of the wash, with a sudden
    change in grade;
    3) lack of good tires. Many of the roads around here have sharp 2"- to
    4"-diameter rocks -- no problem for clearance, but if they hit the sidewall,
    watch out.
     
    H.W. Stockman, Feb 7, 2006
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