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Paper or Plastic (air dam )

Old 05-17-2005, 09:33 AM
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Paper or Plastic (air dam )

Hey All,
I need to replace the broken ( shattered ) front air dam
on the Z , and I am wondering what style and material you prefer .
The choices seem to be urethane or fiberglass. I also see MSA has some
bling bling carbon fiber ones for sale now. What are the pros and cons
of each style ?

Thanks,
Mike
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Old 05-17-2005, 02:32 PM
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I think the difference is mostly weight and cost. Fiberglass is probably the cheapest and the easist to break. Then you'd go to urethane and then carbon. I use the cheap fiberglass bits myself but have thought about making a airdam/splitter out of sheet aluminum. I seem to damage my airdam about every other race so I kinda consider them expendable.

A neat trick a friend told me about that works great is to reinforce the back with some tubing. In my off this weekend it cracked the airdam and bent the tubing quite a bit. If I hadn't had the tubing the airdam would have been in pieces. I have pins on the car that this fits into and then the top is held with Dzus fasteners.

For at the track repairs I have some thin aluminum, a drill, and a rivet gun. Not pretty but it works. Some colored duct tape wouldn't hurt too.

Cary
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Old 05-17-2005, 02:40 PM
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Thanks Cary !!

My Freind built an aluminum dam for his roadster . It is attached using Dzus fasteners , so it could be hammered out when bent . He also take is it off to
load it. I do like the backing tubing idea. It doesn't weigh much and would
give some reinforcement to the dam.

John coffey tried to make a splitter/ dam for his ROD , but I think it was to high
off the ground and the car didn't handle all that well when they tried it out the first time.

Mike
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