Didnt read through the three pages of posts, but I had an eclipse a while back that had a fiberglass body kit and lowering springs giving about 4" of ground clearance at the front bumper. Living in ND this only lasted a couple months before it was beat up in the front past my likings, but I only drug it in the front, not the sides or rear.
My solution was to take the front bumper off and repair any cracks that were in it and then I had the bottom and the lower 2" of the front and side of the bumper coated in Linex Truck Bed Liner. The car was similar in color to the dark red of the stock GTs in 87 and 88. This was back maybe 6 or 7 years ago when truck bedliner systems were pretty new and not cheap either, so I just did black and it blended in great and was SUPER durable!
Bed liners have come along way since then and they can now match colors, so thats what I would do. You can also get a "do it your self" roll on kit, but it is not as durable as the spray in systems because they incorporate a hardening agent and it gets MUCH harder than the roll on type.
Apr 8th, 2010
Posts: 8554 From: Orlando, Fl Registered: Jun 2003
I have my fiberglass spoiler molded in and HAVE NOT ever scraped bad enough to crack, gouge, or chip any from it!
You either "learn" not to be so aggressive with it, watch out for curbs, be aware of "Where the front end is" AND about how low it is to the ground.( me 5 3/4" ) or you dent, break, and tear it and other things up ! it is that simple!!
If you WANT to go "scrapin" then have a spoiler made of urathane. Like Jscott's only in the closed mouth design. at least you will just shave it down to nothing over time.
From the photo your car does not look like it has been lowered which ould explain your good luck
FieroMojo (Lansing, MI) came up with an interesting idea. Steve told me but i forget what he used to craft this one. Some type of plastic something he got from the hardware store.
Steve more details??
I like this flexable idea though I'm wondering how well base coat /clear coat paint will take to the rubber whereas I'd want to paint it to match the car. Also, I think I could mold it in using Everflex filler.
Posts: 2345 From: South Jersey 08077 Registered: Oct 2006
I didn't read the whole thread but here's my view on this. If you make the lip spoiler bullet proof it's just going to transfer that energy somewhere else like maybe your fresh painted bumper or fenders resulting in spider cracks.
My solution would be is go make a lip spoiler that you can remove at any moment. Like when you trailer to a car show or when you have to take it to a mechanic.
What about those fasteners that they use on race cars exterior panels. They use a tool to install and remove them from the chassis.
Even when I bought my car it scraped when the guy hauled it on his flat bed trailer and it doesn't even have a lip spoiler. I think a quick removal lip spoiler is the key. Something you can install at a car show or meet.
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Posts: 4242 From: Gresham, Oregon USA Registered: Mar 2006
I have a roll of this stuff ^^^ in my shed. Its an edging material you can find at almost any hardware store in the landscaping section. Its cheap, decently flexable and made of plastic. Looks like its riveted on in this pic which I'm sure works great. Plastic rivets may be a good option since they will break away when hit. They are also cheap and easy to replace. At least thats what it look like to me. http://www.lowes.com/pd_944...l_Plastic_4294857252
I've thought about this stuff a few times.... http://www.lowes.com/pd_141...87?productId=3104775 Its just a base molding available in molded rubber, vinyl, or rubber/vinyl mix. Comes in a 4"x50', 1/8" thick roll for around 30 dollars. It is exremely flexable, paintable, durable, and comes in a variety of colors. Attach it with plastic rivets which will break in a big hit. If it gets damaged its easy to replace and you'll have tons left on the roll.
Unfortunately its the only real option I have for a chin. My driveway already comes extremely close to the GT bumper. I scrape the airdam if I pull in or out too fast. Since its sloped on both sides it doesn't matter if I back in or pull in straight. If the bumper were any lower and it would scrape. This molding would fold to less then a 1/2" lower then stock and protect the bumper more when it does.
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Looking at this, I wonder if it would be possible to use a Gen1 S10 pickup front spoiler...front of my truck is dropped 3", so it sits fairly low...when it hits something it bounces right back albeit a little more scratched than before. I think I will head to the junkyard and try to pick one up for $5 and see if I can make it work!
Posts: 1015 From: San Diego, Ca. Registered: Feb 2004
Originally posted by 007DOUG: Being the owner of several fieros with chin spoilers, I'm more aware of where I can park, and what I can/can't drive over with a chin spoiler. It almost becomes another one of your senses. I haven't broke one yet.
This is the by far the most logical answer; We want stiffer suspension: there goes the soft ride and comfort. We want a custom Paint job: there goes the convenient parking spot up front between to piece of junk cars. We want a nice low profiled front end, there goes the careless driving like your in a commuter car. I have a totally custom front end that is near 4" from the ground, and have driven it 7 years without one incident, this comes down to, always being careful, and looking at the road
Oct 24th, 2011
Posts: 8554 From: Orlando, Fl Registered: Jun 2003