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Old 08-11-2003, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default How much weight can the spoiler take?

I park my STi outdoors and when winter comes, it'll be snowing a lot. I'm wondering how much snow will accumulate on the spoiler before the spoiler snaps.
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About this much.




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Old 08-11-2003, 01:55 PM   #5
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A snow scraper will work great if I sit outside brushing off snow every few hours .
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Old 08-11-2003, 01:56 PM   #6
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It can take about 3 biggie shakes, 2 Big Macs, One McChicken, and a large order of fries!
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Old 08-11-2003, 02:37 PM   #7
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I park my STi outdoors and when winter comes, it'll be snowing a lot. I'm wondering how much snow will accumulate on the spoiler before the spoiler snaps.
You probably should test this before the snow arrives. Try using bricks. Stack them up until snappage occurs, then weigh them.

Assume twenty pounds per square foot, and you'll have your answer!
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Old 08-11-2003, 02:46 PM   #8
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Wow - I felt bad for TanMan. Initially I sorta laughed - till I saw he was in Wyoming! You know what I'd do? Figure out some sort of tarp solution - like maybe putting something in the center of the wing that will make it some to a peak, then draping a section of a tarp over it, so that when the snow starts piling up it slides off rather than accumulates. I can't imagine that it would get any deeper than 3-5" with that kinda solution, and I'd guess it could manage that much weight easily. If you could find something that was triangle shaped and light it'd work perfectly I'd wager.
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:28 PM   #9
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Wow I didn't realize there were so many sarcastic losers on this forum. I guess a bunch of you just moved from the civicsi forums when your mommys and daddys bought you Subarus.

In other threads I was holding back with my biting comments, but I guess if that's how everyone else is here, I might as well join in.
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:35 PM   #10
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Man, relax!

NOONE has done a study to find out how much it can take or you would see a sticker on the side or under like in the roofracks tat say "Do not exeed 25lbs" or some crap like that.

So I guess the answer would be:

1) We'll find out this winter
2) You are the guineapig and please, do a test for us.
3) Wait for some other guineapig.

Ahh, and when I joined here, there was no such shing as ClubSi.
We just like to have fun and in cases like yours (comments), where you bite back, watch out!
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Old 08-11-2003, 04:36 PM   #11
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yea people can be pretty lame sometimes.

I have no answer for ya, but i can't image you'd have too much problem if you wiped the snow off every 6-10 inches or so.

It will be annoying.

If you think about it, the wing probably has some funky and strong forces working on it turn high speed drives and hard turns so i'm sure it is pretty strong.
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Old 08-11-2003, 05:08 PM   #12
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You could design/cut some simple styrafoam blocks to place underneath the wing at spaced intervals to even out the load when the snow accumulates.....just a thought.
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Old 08-11-2003, 06:07 PM   #13
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Wow I didn't realize there were so many sarcastic losers on this forum. I guess a bunch of you just moved from the civicsi forums when your mommys and daddys bought you Subarus.

In other threads I was holding back with my biting comments, but I guess if that's how everyone else is here, I might as well join in.
I thought most of the comments were more humorous than biting... and that's the nature of internet forums... take any information with a grain of salt and have a good laugh with everything else.
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:27 PM   #14
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OK - so this spoiler is used to provide DOWNFORCE at speed right? So might I answer your question with a question? How much down force is the spoiler expected to yield at speed?

I would imagine that the damn thing would slough off snow waaaayyyyy before that snow loading is reached.

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Old 08-11-2003, 11:41 PM   #16
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I like your engrish. "Snow on the your STi?".

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Old 08-11-2003, 11:44 PM   #17
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OK - so this spoiler is used to provide DOWNFORCE at speed right? So might I answer your question with a question? How much down force is the spoiler expected to yield at speed?

I would imagine that the damn thing would slough off snow waaaayyyyy before that snow loading is reached.

Mike
Top of the wing looks pretty flat to me, check out unaslobber's picture. If the car sits in the snow overnight, I'd think snow would accumulate on the wing and possibly damage it if enough accumulated there (7-8 feet can fall during a blizzard). I'm not sure how you figure snow would "slough off" if the car is sitting in a parking lot...
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:45 PM   #18
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You could design/cut some simple styrafoam blocks to place underneath the wing at spaced intervals to even out the load when the snow accumulates.....just a thought.
This is probably what I'll do, but only use them if really bad weather is expected. Thanks for being one of the few people who didn't rag.
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:47 PM   #19
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I like your engrish. "Snow on the your STi?". Go back to Afghanistan you schmuck.
It's "L337 H4cK3R!!!11" (leet hacker) speak.
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:48 PM   #20
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It's "L337 H4cK3R!!!11" (leet hacker) speak.
Yeah I know, but he wrote "snow on THE YOUR STi".
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Old 08-11-2003, 11:59 PM   #21
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Yeah I know, but he wrote "snow on THE YOUR STi".

That's acceptable in l33t.


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Old 08-12-2003, 12:05 AM   #22
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I'll be taking mine to the slopes all over the northwest this winter. I've seen over a foot of snow on my old Forester when I've parked for only 6 or 7 hours. Those are the best days

I think that carrying a good chunk of styrofoam in the truck to jam under the spoiler wouldn't be a bad idea.

300hp + SNOW! Woop!
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Old 08-12-2003, 12:17 AM   #23
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and people wonder what the heck has happened here when all you get are all these childish remarks. grow up people...

i can't answer your question directly, but it is an area of concern for me, especially for any road trips to any of my favorite resorts. some possible solutions that may work would be to buy a trunk/wing assembly from another that you can quickly swap on for winter. another would be to simply buy the standard wrx wing from another member and either always keep it on or only put it on for winter. the other option is to simply remove the wing and plug the holes for winter.

if I can get away without doing any of those previous ideas, that would be great, but I would definitely be concerned gauging where you are from.

another thing too is that when those heavy downfalls occur, there should be a level of snow that may fill up under the spoiler (although not entirely) and may provide some additional support.
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Old 08-12-2003, 12:26 AM   #24
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i can't answer your question directly, but it is an area of concern for me, especially for any road trips to any of my favorite resorts. some possible solutions that may work would be to buy a trunk/wing assembly from another that you can quickly swap on for winter. another would be to simply buy the standard wrx wing from another member and either always keep it on or only put it on for winter. the other option is to simply remove the wing and plug the holes for winter.
I've been considering swapping to a standard WRX wing until I can get a garage to park the STi in. EiI've also considered removing the top part of the STi wing and leaving the bottom so I don't have to plug the holes in the trunk. Either of these methods should keep the wing safe from vandalism and snowfall until I get the house and garage. Thanks for the suggestion.
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OK - so this spoiler is used to provide DOWNFORCE at speed right? So might I answer your question with a question? How much down force is the spoiler expected to yield at speed?

I would imagine that the damn thing would slough off snow waaaayyyyy before that snow loading is reached.

Mike
I must agree with this logic, for the most part. The wing, being FUNCTIONAL, is designed to withstand a certain threshhold of downforce. Perhaps if someone could find out what this limit is. . . .

Tanman. . . . I understand your concern over your wing, but you must understand that, aside from the bird-eating hoodscoop, this is the one thing on forums everywhere that people are having fun with when it comes to the STi.

You should have some fun, too. I do. . . my Civic is sooo SROW! I know this, so when someone rags on my car because of that, I just laugh. . . it IS rediculously-slow.

Now all my friends are going to be making scoop and wing comments. . . and it's up to me to come up with better jokes about my scoop and wing than they do!
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