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Old 05-18-2003, 12:45 AM   #1
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Default Is the rear decklid spoiler functional?

Somebody mentioned to me that the rear spoiler actually creates some sort of downward pressure at 60mph+ but I've done a search and I can't find any technical info on this. Does anyone know if the stock rear decklid spoiler on an 03 sedan is functional?

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Old 05-18-2003, 12:54 AM   #2
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i think it does. the top is flat and the bottom is curved, that should create downforce. even if it doesn't, it's not that much drag.
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Old 05-18-2003, 10:42 AM   #3
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i know the 02's are. without it it is hard to do quick lane changes
on the expressways that are 70mph.

well, thats if you were comparing one with and without back
to back. unless you;re going over 100mph you wont probably
feel it too much.


the STi lip actually does make the car stick to the ground better.
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Old 05-19-2003, 03:05 AM   #4
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Hmmmm, interesting. I was hoping to find some definitive technical specs. How about for other spoilers? Anyone found a site with tech specs?

I'm curious because I'm considering removing mine. But I might reconsider if this ugly little thing (not really that ugly I suppose, I just like the clean trunk look) is actually doing something useful.

Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2003, 05:51 PM   #5
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AHHHH I can't find the link to the page. But I know I got it off of here.

Basically NO.

The wind comes up from the back bumper up to the windshield. The spoiler is actually too low. It seems like it needs to be at least 6" higher.

It may do something but from the link that I can't find (usefull huh...sorry) which they tested with little pieces of sting taped to the car, it does nothing except really lift the back end more than anything.



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Old 05-19-2003, 06:15 PM   #6
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I doubt it... recently had the sucker shaved off. Looks a million times better IMO
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Old 05-19-2003, 07:02 PM   #7
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Good to hear. Honerstly, why couldn't Subaru release a white sedan (stateside) without the damn spoiler?
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Old 05-20-2003, 11:40 PM   #8
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Good to hear. Honerstly, why couldn't Subaru release a white sedan (stateside) without the damn spoiler?
My white WRX sedan came spoilerless I think it looks great wingless.
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Old 05-21-2003, 01:19 AM   #9
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Only color that CAME with a spoiler was the yellow. all other colors it was an option.

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Good to hear. Honerstly, why couldn't Subaru release a white sedan (stateside) without the damn spoiler?
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Old 05-21-2003, 04:00 AM   #10
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Too bad they force the spoiler on us on all colors in Canada.
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Old 05-22-2003, 01:00 PM   #11
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Hey Puyo or Uncle Ben, you got any pics of yours?
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Old 05-22-2003, 05:14 PM   #12
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Gotta believe that the fact that you can't find any technical info on it means that it is for decoration. Besides, I have traveled A LOT in many different types of roads and elevations and my (thankfully) wingless WRX grips like glue. (Could be the Azenis too... )

Sorry to hear that in Canada you can't get them without - I love the car, but I'm not sure I would have fallen in love with it with a wing...

Just my opinion...
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Old 05-22-2003, 07:19 PM   #13
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yeah. i think the wing is a bit hideous.

however. you should be thankful it looks nothing like the Mazdaspeed protege wing. *ew*
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Old 05-22-2003, 07:24 PM   #14
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I thoroughly agree. I've driven a few without spoiler and noticed no difference. Now if I can just find someone to sell me a wingless trunk for me to paint.
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Old 05-22-2003, 08:14 PM   #15
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98-99 RS high V5 spoilers are definately functional. In wet weather at high speeds you can totally see the effects
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Old 05-23-2003, 02:59 PM   #18
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Thank you, thank you, thank you. Those were the numbers I was looking for. Now to digest...
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Old 05-23-2003, 07:15 PM   #20
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Ok, I didn't read that article thoroughly.

Did the article say the STi wing is functional then?

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Old 05-23-2003, 09:19 PM   #21
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I was thinking about removing mine, but how do you plug the holes left in the lid? Either that, or I am getting wing risers.
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Old 05-25-2003, 12:31 AM   #22
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Spool_up, I was thinking of getting some bolts with flush, rounded ends and spray-painting them white. Throw them in place with a couple of rubber washers and I'm good until I get the trunk lid to a body shop to bond the holes and repaint. Or until I can find someone to sell me a wingless lid. Sound good?

<off to read all these spoiler posts>
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Old 05-25-2003, 02:01 AM   #23
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Due to the fact that the spoiler sits too low on the trunk to clear the turbulence trailing down from the rear window "the addition of the O.E. rear wing has no effect on drag but reduces rear lift by 19.3lbs. and increases front lift by 12.2 lbs. @ 100 mph." And since most drivers wont notice a change in lift or down force unless it's 20 lbs. or more, the stock rear spoiler's effects are minimal if not negligible.

Unless you are taking turns at 100+ mph.

And if you are I'd suggest you invest in a better wing.

Am I right?
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