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i was wondering if the spoiler actually helps with the way the car drives or handles.

and i also wanted to know if it will improve aerodynamics while im going down the 1320?

what are the pros and cons?
should i leave it alone or remove it?
 

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the only time a spoiler really comes into play (when its beneficial for aerodynamics and whatnot) is when you're drving a dragster or some kind of hi-output car with rear wheel drive.

the scort, being an 88 to a 127hp front wheel drive machine, has a spoiler for just looks. i say keep the stock spoiler, and dont waste any money on one of those hella-large wings.
 

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DeathSlinger00 said:
the only time a spoiler really comes into play...is when you're drving a...car with rear wheel drive.
This is not true. It's simply downforce, located in the rear of the car. Do RWD cars benefit from this in the form of a greater frictional force in the rear (for your physics buffs that's because the normal force is increased and friction equals mu times the normal)? Yes, they do. However, FWD cars also benefit from this in the same form of the increased traction, however they don't put power to the wheels so it's not as evident.

However, it IS evident when it comes to high-speed cornering. The downforce does come into play in keeping the rear hugged to the road. That's the theoretical basis of spoilers. Does the stock one on the EGT actually do that? I can't honestly say I know.
 

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siragan said:
DeathSlinger00 said:
the only time a spoiler really comes into play...is when you're drving a...car with rear wheel drive.
This is not true. It's simply downforce, located in the rear of the car. Does the stock one on the EGT actually do that? I can't honestly say I know.
I have to say I doubt it does anything for you, but it is on there for looks. I think you should keep it because it distinguishes the 91 and 92 GTs from the rest of the years of 2nd gens.
 

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On the quarter, I would say the spoiler has absolutely no benefit to performance, and IF it is a purpose built drag car, the spoiler would be gone for the few ounces of weight, and the decrease in drag. However, I doubt that this is the case and this is also your daily driver. In that case, leave it on. Spend the time dialing in you launches - you will gain more from that.
 

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I was at all ford carlise this year w/ my dad and his 68 cougar gt. There was a seminar on the last day by some guy whos entire job was to study the airflow on the 80's-90's mustang. Granted our scorts are far from a mustang but it is in the same ballpark.
anyway what he went throgh were pictures of the car in a smoked windtunnel. Everything on the stock gt body kit was there for a practical purpose. As it applys to oour escort gt's is this:
you know the little part of the sideskirts behind the door that comes up to where the side trim is. This piece actually directs air that is flowing down the side of the car out and around the wheel well. This way the air does not get caught in the turbulence of the spinning wheel. this would cause much more drag than changing the air's direction.

The slot in the bottom corner of the bumper on the mustang was to direct air into the wheel well wich causes drag but is very beneficial in cooling the rotors. I've noticed that on the scorts this slot is covered by the plastic wheel well cover.

The spoiler does in fact help increase handling at higher speeds by using the air to push the car down. It does not make as much drag as you might think and I'm pretty sure i've heard something on here along the lines of....
"speed is nothing without CONTROL"

Granted the ones i saw were all for a mustang but many of the parts have a direct resemblance to each other. Ford really put some thought into the design of these cars.

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well no shit....hence the reason they are still in business and the reasoning behind a RESEARCH and DEvelopement team :p :wink:

i'd have to agree that for the speeds we travel, it really doesnt do much for us....someone might ask why put a spoiler on a car...looks sell...lol, look at civics who buy 400 dollar pos 12 foot tall spoilers.

if it were the case, why didnt the r10 vipers come w/ spoilers?

i think of spoilers as an analogy... wind is to a spoiler as electricity is to a diode.....a diode rejects all electricity until it reaches the firing point...
i think a spoiler works the same way...it wont do shit to a car until u have enough air moving across it to "activate" it. which the speeds we drive, nah, dont do shit...

but, who knows...our gt speedos go to 120...some of us have gotten close to that speed...maybe ford put that spoiler on w/ the intent to keep us undercontrol...afterall, i know my gt doesnt have a governor. so maybe they designed it to start working around 100+ mph...just a thought...
 
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