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Posted by Peter Granzeau on June 9, 2010, 12:10 am

I just purchased a new air dam for the second time in two months.  $5 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
Regards, Pete

Posted by Who Dat? on June 9, 2010, 12:38 am

Peter Granzeau wrote:

You can answer your own damn dam question.

Posted by Peter Granzeau on June 9, 2010, 10:47 pm


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.

Posted by News on June 9, 2010, 11:00 pm

Peter Granzeau wrote:

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.

Posted by Neo on June 9, 2010, 11:47 pm

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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