We all dream of driving down an open track to quench our need for speed. Nothing beats the rush you get from driving at top speed--zipping past the other cars to claim the checkered flag. The reality is, not all cars are created equal, and in an age where a gallon of beer is more expensive than a gallon of gasoline, you would think twice before stepping on the gas pedal. Suddenly, reality bites and your dreams of race-like speed are gone. So, you might be wondering: how can you achieve speed without breaking the bank?
Installing a front spoiler or air dam will not break the bank. In fact, it will increase your vehicle's fuel efficiency and reduce drag along your car or truck's body while in motion. With this guide, you'll know exactly what we mean--and you'll be able to set one up yourself too!
Air Dams vs. Drag
An air dam is located beneath the bumper to decrease the amount of air-or drag-going underneath the vehicle. This increases the downforce that keeps the vehicle's nose steady and pointed at the ground when driving at high speeds. This gives the front tires a better grip. Air dams also help cool the engine and give your ride better stability.
Commonly Used Materials
You may not realize it but materials play a huge role in picking an air dam that is right for you. Are you looking for something common or unique? To make it easier for you, we're listing them down right here to help you make a choice:
ABS Plastic -- Most car manufacturers cast ABS plastic with other mixtures to create spoilers or air dams for their vehicles. It's an inexpensive material, but it proves to be a bit more fragile. Plus, it ages more quickly compared to other materials.
Fiberglass -- This is a popular choice for casting air dams or spoilers due to the low cost of materials. Fiberglass is workable and more durable compared to ABS plastic. However, due to the huge amount of labor needed, it's not used for large scale production of car parts.
Silicon -- More aftermarket or auto accessory manufacturers are using silicon-organic polymers for their car products because of its amazing plasticity. Silicon has a longer product lifetime due to its high thermal characteristics.
Carbon Fiber -- This material is the most durable and light-weight among all these materials. However, carbon fiber is also the most expensive material, and a large labor force is needed to produce it. Due to its high cost, the production of carbon fiber car parts is limited to some vehicle manufacturers.
Adding Style and Performance
When choosing an air dam for your vehicle, you also have to consider the overall look that you want to achieve. Upgrading your vehicle's look is as important as improving its performance. Make room for other modifications like body kits that will not only complete your vehicle's look, but it will also give you a more aerodynamic vehicle.