TRD Carbon Fins AKA Overpriced Ricer Parts

Finally after almost a year of lusting over these bad boys, they are mine! The TRD carbon fender fins are just one of those things that you don’t really need but you really want them. It serves no real purpose other than it looks bad ass on your fenders (TRD claims it helps with straight line down force but who really cares about down force on a pair of fins?).

The fins come in FRP or carbon and if you’re already thinking of getting the, you might as well go big or go home. The problem for us good ol’ Canadians is that you can’t really find these anywhere that won’t try and rape your wallet. See, the good vendors in the US are selling the carbon versions for about $500 shipped, give or take. Considering these aren’t really big pieces, $500 is pretty steep for a part like this IMO… But it carries the TRD name, so you gotta pay to play. $500 shipped USD is a good deal, but due to our lousy dollar, it makes for a pretty bad price no matter which way you slice it. Next, you have all other US vendors that are charging $699 – not shipped – for some insane reason. It’s no wonder you guys keep bumping your thread in the forum classifieds – nobody wants to pay your outrageous prices. Lastly, you have a few vendors here that can get them for you, but they run into the same problem as you did in the first scenario – the lousy dollar… On top of them needing to make a buck as well (not that it’s their fault or anything).

Anyway, I usually browse the forums and classifieds to see if by any chance there is some good-hearted individual that may possibly be selling a part that I’m lusting over. 9.5 times out of 10, they aren’t. and 9.5 times out of 10, it’s usually some replica of a replica of the genuine part. But that’s a different story… Last week, I happened to do my daily browsing of classifieds and a dude in Toronto was selling these BNIB for a steal of a deal. He had them for a while and I assume he bought them when the dollar was still good, so I ended up sharing that same benefit.

Today is Monday and I feel like total shit cause I didn’t get much sleep last night. That paired with a cold and stuffy nose, I just stayed home. What better medicine is there than to get car parts on a sick day? (The answer is nothing except more car parts).

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The delivery man showed up bright and early, handed me my goods and I unpacked them right away. Look at that TRD carbon goodness…

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Up close of the fins…

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A shot of the weave. I know they’re only fins, but they’re super light for what they are.

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The carbon weave follows all the way to the back as expected.

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Weird thing is that Subaru is stamped on this but it’s a TRD part… We just won’t say anything…

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Time to get rid of these pieces of junk. Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of the stock ones when I found out the TRD ones existed. The grass is always greener on the other side…

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It came off in 15 seconds just by prying it a little bit to remove the clips and some adhesive.

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A few clips left behind that just needed to be plucked out, some adhesive that needed to be cleaned and some good ol’ dirt.

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All cleaned up and ready for the new piece!

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All in! For such a simple (and expensive) mod, I don’t know if I like them because of how much they cost or how bad ass it looks.

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Flows nicely if I do say so myself…

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Side shot.

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That TRD sticker

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And one on the driver side.

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And just one last one because you can only take so many pictures of fins before it gets repetitive. Well, that’s part 1 of 4 and this happens to be the smallest one. I’m glad I was able to get these before I parked the car so I can shit on cars without carbon fender fins. Just kidding. LOL

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