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Subaru Impreza Fenders

The compact Impreza from Subaru is available in both a sedan and a hatchback, and it offers excellent fuel economy as well as your choice of four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. At some point, you may find that you need to replace your Subaru Imprezas fenders, and you should replace the fenders as soon as possible as they play a major role in protecting your Imprezas wheels and wheel wells. When looking to acquire fenders for your Subaru WRX or Crosstrek, here are some guidelines to help with your choices.

What do fenders for the Subaru Impreza do?

Fenders are responsible for framing and protecting the wheel wells from gravel, mud, or rocks that may get kicked up by the wheels while driving. These parts are located between the cars bumper and the front door. During minor collisions, they can also absorb some of the impact to keep drivers and passengers safe. They are bolted onto the Subaru, making it easier to take them off and replace them when needed.

What are the differences between OEM and aftermarket fenders?

When you are looking for fenders for your Subaru Impreza, you may come across parts that have an OEM label and some that do not. There are some differences between the two:

  • OEM fenders: These parts are made by the company that made the original part for your Subaru. As such, fenders with the OEM label come directly from the manufacturer and will be an exact replacement for your original fender. These parts are often reliable as they are made to the exact specifications of your vehicle.
  • Aftermarket fenders: Aftermarket parts are made by companies that were not involved in making the original parts for your Subaru Impreza. However, these fenders can come in a variety of shapes and materials that differ from OEM parts, giving you additional choices.
What are the two different Subaru Impreza fender shapes?

There are two different types of additions that you can add to the original fenders on your Subaru Impreza sedan or hatchback. These additions are:

  • Fender flares: These fenders flare slightly away from the body of the vehicle. Not only does this offer additional protection for your car, but it also allows you to install wider or larger wheels. In some cases, the flare is built onto the original fender. In other cases, however, the fender and flare may come as one piece.
  • Fender skirts: These additions extend down the fender to cover part of the wheel. This addition reduces drag and turbulence. Some drivers who add these see improvements to their fuel efficiency as it helps prevent air from slowing the car down. These skirts can typically be removed to allow the tires to be changed out. Skirts are often only found on the rear fenders.