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Old 05-03-2009, 10:11 PM   #1
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Black thing on front bumper?

What is that little extension piece that is on the bottom of the front bumpers, is it a rub guard or something that can be removed or whats the dealio?
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:22 PM   #2
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the piece that is under the front of every vehicle?
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You mean the thing that runs the length of the front fascia? It's probably an air deflector.
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Old 05-04-2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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correct, Air Deflector. . . on 99% of cars.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:08 PM   #6
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More properly known as an Air Dam:

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An air dam's purpose is to reduce the amount of air flowing underneath the car, which has a number of benefits. Most cars do not have smooth underbodies--exhaust, drivetrain, and suspension hang down, creating considerable additional drag. In this situation, a front air dam can improve aerodynamics even though it increases frontal area. More importantly, a front spoiler reduces air pressure underneath the car. Any air remaining under the car is turbulent, just like air behind the rear of a vehicle. That's the principle of drafting in NASCAR; guys get hauled along behind the lead car by riding inside its low-pressure wake. A front air dam creates a similar effect under the vehicle, essentially sucking the car into the ground.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:12 PM   #7
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More properly known as an Air Dam:


and on some cars (such as the 3rd and 4th gen f-bodies), it served a dual purpose, not only to reduce air pressure under the car, but also to direct the air up over the radiator for cooling purposes. seen a lot of f-bods overheat cus they cracked or otherwise broke/removed their airdam and werent getting sufficient air flow
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:05 PM   #8
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if you ever want to see a car overheat remove one....temps jump silly fast
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:49 PM   #9
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Yeah, some of those 4th and 3rd gens had no grille opening at all, they depended 100% on the air dam pushing air up from underneath. It was great for reducing drag, it helped make the car very aerodynamic.





I guess a little air could leak around the fog lights, but not much.
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Old 05-04-2009, 08:36 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info guys- it's just so damned ugly lol.
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so should I/my brother have not taken the air damn off my brothers g35? he thought it was a rain guard and he wanted it removed
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Old 05-04-2009, 09:04 PM   #12
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it also tells you when you are too close to the parking block. it make a really good scrape sounds! and if a dip is too deep for your speed, you get the same warning sound! thats how my 4th gens airdam works at least. its 5.5" off the ground. the 5th gen is 5.0"
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:03 AM   #13
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so should I/my brother have not taken the air damn off my brothers g35? he thought it was a rain guard and he wanted it removed
It doesn't have anything to do with cooling on the G35, but it is intended to keep air from getting under the car. If it's like my 350Z, which it probably is, there are also covers under engine to keep the air at bay. Those too should be left on. It's just one extra step in changing the oil.
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isnt this known as a chin spoiler?
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Old 05-26-2009, 02:16 PM   #15
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isnt this known as a chin spoiler?
only if you Chiinessee J/k
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:25 PM   #16
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Old 05-26-2009, 06:31 PM   #17
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Thanks for the info guys- it's just so damned ugly lol.
YOu can barely see it, are you laying in front of your car that often??
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My Formula HAS to have that air damn as I have ZERO air inlets on the bumper.

My Grand Am didnt have it and it didnt effect it at all.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:17 PM   #19
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YOu can barely see it, are you laying in front of your car that often??
I hope your little quip of sarcasm was worth the ticket on to my shit list.


lol...In all reality though, it seemed to be an issue with scraping on some of my cars in the past.


Oh, and btw - lol - the Camaro is worth lying down next to
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lol...In all reality though, it seemed to be an issue with scraping on some of my cars in the past.
On cars that don't require it for cooling, one of its purposes is to scrape and warn you when clearance is tight so you don't keep going and tear off your oil pan...I think.
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