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Old 08 Jun 2010, 07:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
Peter Granzeau
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Default Damn air dam

I just purchased a new air dam for the second time in two months. $65 I
would like to have spent, possibly, other ways.

Would not having an air dam be of any great detriment to the Prius,
considering I drive mine nearly always in town, at less than highway
speeds?
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Old 08 Jun 2010, 07:38 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Peter Granzeau wrote:
> I just purchased a new air dam for the second time in two months. $65 I
> would like to have spent, possibly, other ways.
>
> Would not having an air dam be of any great detriment to the Prius,
> considering I drive mine nearly always in town, at less than highway
> speeds?



You can answer your own damn dam question.
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Old 09 Jun 2010, 05:47 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Tue, 08 Jun 2010 20:38:33 -0400, Who Dat? <Who.Dat?@Outasite.eh?>
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>Peter Granzeau wrote:
>> I just purchased a new air dam for the second time in two months. $65 I
>> would like to have spent, possibly, other ways.
>>
>> Would not having an air dam be of any great detriment to the Prius,
>> considering I drive mine nearly always in town, at less than highway
>> speeds?

>
>You can answer your own damn dam question.


I suppose. But I wanted to know if anything really bad might happen,
and if %65 every couple of months would avoid it, was it worth it?

I really hate having to drive up to the dealer, dam dragging on the
ground, everyone staring at me.
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Old 09 Jun 2010, 06:00 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Peter Granzeau wrote:
> On Tue, 08 Jun 2010 20:38:33 -0400, Who Dat? <Who.Dat?@Outasite.eh?>
> wrote:
>
>> Peter Granzeau wrote:
>>> I just purchased a new air dam for the second time in two months. $65 I
>>> would like to have spent, possibly, other ways.
>>>
>>> Would not having an air dam be of any great detriment to the Prius,
>>> considering I drive mine nearly always in town, at less than highway
>>> speeds?

>> You can answer your own damn dam question.

>
> I suppose. But I wanted to know if anything really bad might happen,
> and if %65 every couple of months would avoid it, was it worth it?
>
> I really hate having to drive up to the dealer, dam dragging on the
> ground, everyone staring at me.


So leave it off. They make very poor battering rams.

Without knowing much about the Prius implementation and how integrated
it is with other functions, most chin/deck spoilers, wings and aero
packages generally are mostly cosmetic, ineffective below highway speeds
from an aero perspective.
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Old 09 Jun 2010, 06:47 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Jun 8, 8:10*pm, Peter Granzeau <pgranz...@cox.net> wrote:
> I just purchased a new air dam for the second time in two months. *$65 I
> would like to have spent, possibly, other ways.
>
> Would not having an air dam be of any great detriment to the Prius,
> considering I drive mine nearly always in town, at less than highway
> speeds?
> --
> Regards, Pete
> pgranz...@cox.net



The value of the front air dam under a car bumper is that it lower
wind resistance at high speed ( >40 mph)
[and they look super cool ]

The limitation of a front air dam under a car bumper is that it
reduces the road clearance and is suspectible to damage on irregular
road surfaces ( e.g. pot holes). If you are driving at metro speeds
(10mph to 30 mph) - loss of an air dam probably will not affect the
fuel efficency - BUT your car will look kinda-of-funky in a Mad Maxx
kinda-of-way. ;-)




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Old 09 Jun 2010, 10:32 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Neo:
> The value of the front air dam under a car bumper is that it lower
> wind resistance at high speed ( >40 mph)
> [and they look super cool ]


If you think that air dams look "super cool," you can't possibly be old
enough to drive a car. Cool is here, and it ain't got no stinkin' air
dam
<http://www.bangshift.com/gallery/Wor...ered-32-Ford-R
oadster-gallery.html>.

> The limitation of a front air dam under a car bumper is that it
> reduces the road clearance and is suspectible to damage on irregular
> road surfaces ( e.g. pot holes).


Bzzzzzzt! It's high curbs. Most of us don't drive all that much in
Pennsylvania for potholes to be a factor.

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Old 10 Jun 2010, 09:17 am   #7 (permalink)
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On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 23:32:54 -0400, Davoud <star@sky.net> wrote:

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>Bzzzzzzt! It's high curbs. Most of us don't drive all that much in
>Pennsylvania for potholes to be a factor.
>
>Davoud

From my experience, they mostly strike high parking space curbs.
Regardless, I have never had to replace one. What is the OP doing to
completely destroy it so often?
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Old 10 Jun 2010, 09:25 am   #8 (permalink)
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Davoud:
> >Bzzzzzzt! It's high curbs. Most of us don't drive all that much in
> >Pennsylvania for potholes to be a factor.


greenpjs:
> From my experience, they mostly strike high parking space curbs.


Zackly.

> Regardless, I have never had to replace one


Ditto.

> What is the OP doing to completely destroy it so often?


One could only speculate. Being a careless parker would be my first
stab at it.

Davoud

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Old 10 Jun 2010, 03:28 pm   #9 (permalink)
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On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:17:35 -0400, greenpjs@neo.rr.com wrote:

>On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 23:32:54 -0400, Davoud <star@sky.net> wrote:
>
>>
>>Bzzzzzzt! It's high curbs. Most of us don't drive all that much in
>>Pennsylvania for potholes to be a factor.
>>
>>Davoud

>From my experience, they mostly strike high parking space curbs.
>Regardless, I have never had to replace one. What is the OP doing to
>completely destroy it so often?


The OP (that's me) parks in designated "Handicapped" spaces, which
usually have one of those small(ish) curbs to keep one from knocking
down the "Handicapped" sign. he one that got me this time had a bolt
sticking about 2" higher than the curb itself, intended to keep the curb
in place, but it got me in the air dam and tore it off.
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Old 10 Jun 2010, 04:12 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Peter Granzeau wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jun 2010 10:17:35 -0400, greenpjs@neo.rr.com wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 09 Jun 2010 23:32:54 -0400, Davoud <star@sky.net> wrote:
>>
>>> Bzzzzzzt! It's high curbs. Most of us don't drive all that much in
>>> Pennsylvania for potholes to be a factor.
>>>
>>> Davoud

>>From my experience, they mostly strike high parking space curbs.
>> Regardless, I have never had to replace one. What is the OP doing to
>> completely destroy it so often?

>
> The OP (that's me) parks in designated "Handicapped" spaces, which
> usually have one of those small(ish) curbs to keep one from knocking
> down the "Handicapped" sign. he one that got me this time had a bolt
> sticking about 2" higher than the curb itself, intended to keep the curb
> in place, but it got me in the air dam and tore it off.



With respect, have you had your eyesight checked lately?
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