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      02-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Rubber Stoppers on Front Bumper

Debating removing the front bumper rubber stops in front of my front wheels. They look strange to me and may cause problems when I lower my car. Anyone have any pics with them removed? Do they serve as extra support for the bumper or doesn't matter if removed?
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      02-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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You can remove them no problem. I had them taken off when my ER kit was put on and have experienced no differences.

The 1M does not have them either.

There has been a bit of debate if they are a scrape guard or an aerodynamic piece.
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You can remove them no problem. I had them taken off when my ER kit was put on and have experienced no differences.

The 1M does not have them either.

There has been a bit of debate if they are a scrape guard or an aerodynamic piece.
Hmmmm the aerodynamic debate is interesting. They are pretty perpendicular to the road, so I wouldn't think that they would be very good for aerodynamics. Possibly good for slowing down the car quickly...
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Hmmmm the aerodynamic debate is interesting. They are pretty perpendicular to the road, so I wouldn't think that they would be very good for aerodynamics. Possibly good for slowing down the car quickly...
http://www.1addicts.com/forums/showthread.php?t=545948
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Previously someone posted a couple articles regarding aerodynamics and fuel economy. Some ridiculous amount of a car's drag (+10%) is the result the front tires. It's not only the frontal surface area of the tires, but air being pulled into the wheel well. Those rubber guards help direct air out and away from the wheel wells. I'm not sure you would notice much of a difference when driving, but apparently they do contribute to fuel economy. If I remember correctly, it was estimated to be about 1/2 mile per gallon. Seems kind of crazy, but makes sense why they are there.
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I cut mine off with scissors and sanded them flat, I will remove the whole thing eventually.

Kinda get an idea from this picture, but I can get more with my phone if you want.
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I cut mine off with scissors and sanded them flat, I will remove the whole thing eventually.

Kinda get an idea from this picture, but I can get more with my phone if you want.
You don't even have to cut them. Just each under your car and loosen the 8mm bolts holding them in place and you can pull them out. You don't have to take any panels off.
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^^ That's exactly what I was thinking. Why spend one hour cutting and sanding to make an irreversible modification when you can spend one minute taking them off completely and retain the ability to install them later if you want?
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Now that I know how easy it is to remove them, here is what I am doing:

1) Remove flaps.

2) Sand off flaking white paint on flaps (which looks crappy).

3) Reinstall flaps.

I don't think the flaps themselves look bad, but the flaking white paint on them needs to go. This will be much easier than laying on my back working on removing the paint with the flaps in place.
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I only cut mine because I was in a rush and knew I had replacements sitting around, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. Just thought I'd give a little background on what was one before showing the picture :thumbsup
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removing them would have still been quicker, takes like 30 seconds a side
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removing them would have still been quicker, takes like 30 seconds a side
I'm lazy and ignorant sometimes, what can I say
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