Readers of my recent articles will know that I prioritize ‘learning’ your car, as the first thing to do when modifying a car. This means putting off the mods we all want to do—suspension, exhaust, wheels+tires—with the intent to learn what you need to do to modify your car for your needs, not some internet forums ‘MUST DO FIRST MODS’.
For those that can’t resist modifying their cars until then, I have recommended doing modifications which reflect your personal taste, without impacting performance. In other words, focusing on making your car, yours. I am incredibly guilty of not being able to wait to modify my car, and as such, have done a number of modifications of this nature.
All my modifications up until this point have been done to impact the interior, and my driving environment. While no one would call the exterior of the Fiesta ST tame—at least until 2018—I knew I had to add my personal touch. I haven’t had the best luck with aftermarket front lips, as my Charger’s took a brick, so I decided to do a zero-impact modification.
After a few moments of thought, the answer became apparent: wing risers. Whenever I see wing risers in the wild, generally on Subaru’s of the area, I always love the look. I knew that there was a wing riser kit being produced by Boomba Racing for the ST products from Ford, so I went to take a closer look at the store.
Available in four colors to correspond with most factory colors, the price of $141.00 may seem steep to some owners. Any searching for ‘Fiesta ST Wing Risers’ will show plenty of DIY options, purporting to cost as little as $15. I decided take the engineered way out, purchasing the black wing riser kit, reserving my judgment of the Boomba product until I held it in my hand and had it installed.
Shipping was quick enough as to be non-noticeable: I ordered them, and they showed up on my doorstep before I could wonder where they were. Installation instruction are not provided, but can be easily found on their website. Holding them in my hand, I was immediately glad I had decided to go with the Boomba product. Solid feeling, with a clean finish, there is no doubt that time went into engineering them. Requiring few tools, and involving six bolts, almost anyone can do the install at home: however, I chose to have a professional do it to save myself any sorrow.
Luckily for me, my window tinting shop I use had mentioned that they would gladly put the wing risers on for me when I get them. As they had to take the wing off to install an even tint on the rear window, they were already versed in the details of removing the wing. Installation took less than an hour, with the only need to refer the instructions coming when it came time to snip the radio antenna. After applying the neat, OEM-lookalike antenna tip, the installation was complete, and my Fiesta ST’s looks had been changed.
Immediately, I was more excited than my wife could understand. The look was exactly what I wanted from a wing riser kit, with the black anodized finish looking extra-stealthy with my black paint job. Watching the installation, and seeing the finished product, I knew that choosing the Boomba option over any DIY videos out there had been the best bet. While those DIY kits have rumors of cracked wings if done incorrectly, the Boomba kit leaves you with no such impressions, exhibiting zero movement.
The Boomba Racing kit did exactly as advertised, achieving exactly what I wanted: it raised the wing, giving a head-turning appearance over stock ST’s, while having zero negative impact on practicality or drivability. In fact, in recent rain storms, they have proved to be a beneficial modification. Notice in the ‘before’ pictures how dirty the rear glass is, compared to the rear glass in the ‘after’ shots. By creating the uniform gap over the rear window, rain water is now allowed to freely run down the whole glass.
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