Design Changes to Rear Spoiler and Rear Gate – 2015-2016 Subaru Outback

NUMBER: 12-196-15
DATE: 12/16/15

APPLICABILITY: 2015-16MY Outback
SUBJECT: Design Changes to Rear Spoiler and Rear Gate



This Service Information bulletin provides design change information regarding the rear gate panel assembly, the rear spoiler assembly and their interchangeability.



SPOILER ASSY ROOF 96031AL01B## 96031AL01A##
PANEL COMPL R GATE 60809AL00B9P 60809AL00A9P w/o PRG
60809AL01B9P 60809AL01A9P w/ PRG
GROMMET SHEET D30 909230046 Qty. 2 req’d.
 ## is replaced by the applicable color code
 PRG (Power Rear Gate)


Rear Gate

Rear Spoiler


The photo below shows the underside of the spoiler (“Old”-style) with 7 mounting clips.  The 2 clips circled in green must be removed to utilize an “Old”-style spoiler on a “New”-style gate panel which does not have holes for them.

Rear Spoiler



  • When using a “New”-style spoiler (5 retaining clips) on an “Old”-style rear gate panel, the two holes in the rear gate panel intended to receive the clips circled in green in the photo above must be sealed using 2 of the self-adhesive Grommet Sheets listed in the parts table.
  • When using an “Old” -style spoiler (7 retaining clips) on a “New”-style rear gate panel, the clips circled in green in the photo above must be removed as there are no holes in the new gate panel to receive them.

NOTE: It is not necessary to seal the 2 holes left in the spoiler after removing the clips.

  • A “New”-style spoiler (5 clips) on a “New”-style rear gate panel is a direct fit.
  • An “Old”-style spoiler (7 clips) on an “Old”-style rear gate panel is a direct fit.



Follow the service procedure in the applicable Service Manual for removal and installation of the spoiler.  IMPORTANT:  Before final spoiler installation, confirm all the retaining clip seals (grommets) are in place to prevent any water seepage into the rear gate.  Torque the retaining nuts to 7.5Nm (5.5 ft. lbs.).


  • SOA strongly discourages the printing and/or local storage of service information as previously released information and electronic publications may be updated at any time.
  • Always check for any open recalls or campaigns anytime a vehicle is in for servicing.
  • Always refer to STIS for the latest service information before performing any repairs.

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