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Old 11-19-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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Wink how do you install a vortex generator??

so i just got a vortex generator for my scooby and i was wondering how you guys taped it down to the roof.
did you guys use some special kind of tape? glued it? or bolted it on??
i have heard of stories where people's vortex gens went flying on highway and i dont want that happening to me.
whatever product use, a link would be great!
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
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duhhhhhhhh 3m double side sticky tape. search
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:06 PM   #3
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duhhhhhhhh 3m double side sticky tape. search
yea but thats the tape i heard has been falling off on the highway.
i dont know if theres any other ways (better ways) that seems to work
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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If you get the super strong gray 3m tape that comes in the red plastic, that'll hold it on super tight. Just make sure to use a LOT of it. I used a roll on a custom tank pad I made for my motorcycle and it took about an hour to peel off a year later. We're talking yelling and cursing kind of strength to pull that sucker off.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:24 PM   #5
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Oh, and make sure to clean the glass thoroughly using rubbing alcohol and let it dry before you tape it on. Any dirt or other residues will obviously weaken the bond.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:33 AM   #6
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Just double up on it. I layered mine on top of each other and put super glue in between them to hold it together. Mine flew off on the freeway a couple days ago . Good thing it went right under my wing. haha. Cracked it a little bit though. Whatever, not going to waste my 7 bucks for the part and 30 bucks for shipping :P
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:54 AM   #7
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Unless you have a tall rear wing that has been wind tunnel tested to work with the vortex generator then there is no reason to put it on.
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:23 AM   #8
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clean the glass surface, and use heat gun / hair dryer to make the tape very hot, so it is super sticky... and nothing will get it off.
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Old 11-21-2008, 11:58 AM   #9
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I used the 3m super heavy duty double sided tape from Home depot, its red in color about 3/4 inch in width. Applied the tape this way l___l___l___l___l on the back side. Make sure to clean the surface that the vortex will go on really well, I used alcohol. Also clean the back side of the vortex before applying the tape.
Drove at 100mph+ (dragstrip) held fine, on the highway 65mph-70 without problem. Had it for over a month and no issues, its on there for good. It's best to apply the tape above 80F temp.



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Old 11-21-2008, 12:26 PM   #10
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Make sure its warm outside too or it won't stick.
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:48 PM   #11
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There is another double sided tape called gorilla. The airline industry uses it and believe me, this stuff is so hard to take off.
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:54 PM   #12
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JB Weld or a good plastic epoxy, like the stuff Gorilla makes. Put a couple of small pieces of the tape on there, and use the epoxy in between.
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:46 PM   #13
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awesome guys!
+1 on that home depot tape i just got some.
im gonna do the install but its freezing here in PA and i dont have a garage......
should i heat gun it or something?
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:35 PM   #14
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yeah, its gotta be above like 60 degrees or something when it makes contact with the two surfaces. Just heat gun it as you go along.
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:40 PM   #15
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I did that and it flew off at 70 mph....
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Old 11-22-2008, 03:52 PM   #16
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yup mine flew off too.... twice and both times i ran out of my car on the freeway to get it. the reason it fly's of is because there is space between the vortex and top of car that doesnt touch well. i bought three packs of the double sided tape and layered it over each other. it takes time but it works. make sure u layer the tape more over the rear closest to the window because its obviously a bit taller than the front
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Old 02-22-2009, 06:14 PM   #17
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I screwed mine to my roof (4 corners) and am regretting it. It expands and shrinks as the seasons change and gets wavy looking. Anyone consider sealing the front edge with silicon or something of that sort to prevent air from getting under there?
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:19 PM   #18
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:41 PM   #19
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VG's on a stock aero street car? really? do most people even understand how they work?
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:47 PM   #20
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VG's on a stock aero street car? really? do most people even understand how they work?
yeah, I see your point. BUT that blanket of a statement can be applied to the rear diffusers, and beloved sti limited lips that tons of people on this forum have......on street cars. Why is it so bad to like the aesthetic appeal of these parts, regardless of the car's track usage?


I rock one on my bugeye, and love it.

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Old 02-22-2009, 07:49 PM   #21
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Billy Mays might recomend Might Putty hahahahaa

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Old 02-22-2009, 07:50 PM   #22
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who cares. I was going for the look, I'm a ricer. GTFO with your useless post. Answer to post #19, the 2.5i driver...
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:52 PM   #23
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double is the best cause you won't get paint damage when you want to take it off.
I drove 110 with no problem and pretty hard to take it off without tools.
but just make sure all surface are dry and its not gonna rain 48 hours after you sticked it on,cause the first time I did it without heat gun and it rained 2 hours after so some of the type was kind of falled out a little.


so here is how I put mine on:

1.Clean all the surface then use a heat gun to make it has same curve
as the roof.
2.use the double side type (which can hold 5 pounds) to type 8 points
on the roof.
3.let it sit under the sun for maybe a day and it sould be fine.(heat it again with a heat gun if there's cold,it can help the type hold better)
4.post some pix to show us how you did
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:32 PM   #24
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:42 PM   #25
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hot glue and bubble gum
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