It would not be inexpensive, but it probably only involves popping off the old trim and popping on the new Touring trim. I personally would spend the money if it is something you want. Probably around $500. Look at this section for some prices for the pieces under "trim."I have a Limited but I really like those wood panels on the Touring. Even through they are not real wood. Any idea on how to get that look without breaking the bank.
Please double check the part numbers. I think they're right, but I did it fairly quickly without really proofing the list.Raz007 idea is perfect except I think it is a long shot. I think I will go with rockthebeef route. rockthebeef thank you for the part numbers. Can you tell me an online dealer who gives out discount code. I will registered with them and hope for a Black Friday deal.
That must've been super easy. I know with the Outback you had to remove the door panels and some of the dash since the pieces were screwed in from behind. I think only one piece was a a pop-off.I did the same thing with my 2017 Honda Ridgeline - upgraded the "T" trim pieces to the top level "E" trim. Looks great - all pop off and push on. Cost me around $500. Shipping costs were a little steep.
Nothing wrong with VVivid wrap. That brand is one of the best. You should not have any trouble installing it, but matching the grain of the wood might be a challenge. You might try the carbon fiber look. My son just did the trim pieces on his WRX and it came out great. Of course, he is a perfectionist. He also did the hood of his brother's WRX. They did not have time to finish the scoop, but it will get done next week.Another option that I am considering is this:
The problem is I have never wrap anything with this paper film before. I might buy a small piece just to test it out on some other item first.
Not to disappoint you, but the hair dryer probably will not get hot enough for you to stretch the wrap properly around curves. I updated my previous post to show you the exact heat gun tool we have. It works great. You will find many more uses for it, than just applying wrap.Thanks Sparkland for the info. I think that I am leaning toward the Vvivid wrap direction. I just order the knife. I think I will use my wife hair dryer as a heat gun.
Question: Can you remove the armrest without taking off the entire door panel? On my wife's Camry, the armrests just pop on/off, so they are easy to replace if one gets worn or torn. Not so easy on my son's STI or WRX.I had my front door panels off the other day for a speaker installation. I confirmed that the wood panels are screwed in just like the Outback. This isn't a very detailed picture, but you can see the series of screws around where the panel is located.
I'm still not sure if I want to do the swap. The plain black panels look fine with the ivory leather interior. The Touring wood trim would look nice, but if I can choose a better grain that would tastefully pop a little more (zebrano?, maple?, rosewood?) I might go the vinyl route. If I did this, I might buy a spare set of black plastic panels so I can take my time, or send them out to get hydrodipped.
The center console trim around the shifter may be challenging. I'm not sure what it looks like and if the assembly can be stripped down to ease the wrap installation. Do professionals wrap the pieces in place, or take them off?
I didn't really look at that piece, so I don't know for sure. I would think you do have to remove the entire panel to get at the armrest. I'm fairly certain that my Outback was that way and it seems like the WRX/STI are the same way as well.Question: Can you remove the armrest without taking off the entire door panel? On my wife's Camry, the armrests just pop on/off, so they are easy to replace if one gets worn or torn. Not so easy on my son's STI or WRX.
It takes a few minutes to remove the door panel. It's like any Toyota/Honda/Subaru/Nissan, etc that I've personally experienced in that past. You just remove two Phillips screws. They're under some plastic covers that pry right out behind the inner door handle and in the little hole where you pull the door closed at the armrest. Then you take your panel tools and get one of the plastic fasteners to pop out at the bottom corner. Continue popping them by hand out around the lower 2/3 perimeter of the door. If any of the fasteners remain attached to the door, remove them and place them back onto the door panel for re-installation.Thanks for the photos of the door panel rockthebeef. Can you tell me how long did it take you to remove the door panel? Was it difficult? I think I am going the wrap route.