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Old 09-11-2003, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default How hard is it to remove the F/R lips on the OEM body kit?

I'm considering getting it, but I'd like to remove it for snow and whatnot... is this practical or do y'all just leave it on all year?

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Old 09-11-2003, 10:39 AM   #2
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just leave it on. mine stayed on fine during the hell that was last winter in the northeast.

if you really wanted to take them both off it would just be a matter of a few bolts and a bunch of thos plastic poppy fastener jammies
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Old 09-11-2003, 11:29 AM   #3
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don't worry about it unless your car acts as a snow plow, lowered.
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Old 09-11-2003, 12:46 PM   #4
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the USDM factory lip will not need to be removed during the winter. its got PLENTY of clearance (reason why i dumped it
and got the JDM sti v2 lip).

the USDM lip is there only for show, does absolutely nothing
for down force at high speeds.
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Old 09-11-2003, 01:39 PM   #5
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the USDM lip is there only for show, does absolutely nothing
for down force at high speeds.
is that a proven fact?
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Old 09-11-2003, 02:36 PM   #6
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Not trying to be funny or smart...does the STi V2 lip have performance gains as far as downforce goes?
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Old 09-11-2003, 06:44 PM   #7
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I have been researching these lips from before I got the car in April '02 and I have not found much in the way of documented performance gains from anything but Prodrive (part of the PPP aerodynamic kit) and the JUN which they used (modified) on thier Japanese time attack car. Everything else seems to do nothing or actually cause drag which this car need NO help in making. I have also come to the conclusion that not altering the stock aero characteristics is a GOOD thing unless done right. I wanted the prodrive lip and stock wing = unstable tail in high speed manuvers. Not that I do that a lot but when I do I want the car predictable. A lot of forward drag and lift can be removed by lowering the car and I have done this on previous rides of mine with good results in top speeds seen. The lower the better but that is a whole new argument with the associated problems in alignment, camber, tire wear, snow/rain handling, and pothole dodging (very uncool for a rally inspired car to have to do this). The open space in the middle of the lip lets air through keeping stock like aero results. A straight across low air dam is a different story, think speedvision touring championships. Just my .02
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