Spoiler - Opinions?

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Squilly

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So I just recently bought a new car and one of the first things I wanted to do was add a spoiler to it. Well, it came in today. Wondering what you guys think. It's not installed yet but here's a pic of where it would go:

Do you think it should be longer? Does it look too short?
 

Septembersrain

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It looks okay. I think it would only look better if the edges went down a bit more and stayed rounded. Just my opinion though.
 

BenTrovato

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I don't really like it. To complement the Altima's lines you need something stocky and protruding from the rear so it balances the rear end that "sticks out". It's a thick back so definitely no spoiler with a gap from spoiler to trunk as it will make the back look too high. A centered one would also look best. I would go for something like this:

 

Squilly

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I don't really like it. To complement the Altima's lines you need something stocky and protruding from the rear so it balances the rear end that "sticks out". It's a thick back so definitely no spoiler with a gap from spoiler to trunk as it will make the back look too high. A centered one would also look best. I would go for something like this:

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Never liked the look of the "lip". Would prefer it extend out to the tail light.
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This one I like a bit better.

On the car:

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I was debating between that and the one I got. Debating again.
 

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What matters is if you like it.
That's the bottom line, who cares if a bunch of internet folks do or don't care for it.

Its not my cup of tea

Of course of you want a spoiler lets go whole hog, the biggest and baddest spoiler has to go to the super bird
 

ucfgrad93

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I don't really like it. To complement the Altima's lines you need something stocky and protruding from the rear so it balances the rear end that "sticks out". It's a thick back so definitely no spoiler with a gap from spoiler to trunk as it will make the back look too high. A centered one would also look best. I would go for something like this:

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This one I like a bit better.

On the car:

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While I'm not much of a spoiler guy, both of these look better than the OP.
 

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That's the bottom line, who cares if a bunch of internet folks do or don't care for it.

Its not my cup of tea

Of course of you want a spoiler lets go whole hog, the biggest and baddest spoiler has to go to the super bird
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haha, yep!

Now, if you want a spoiler that is going to be a benefit, functionally, we need to get an F1 car!
 

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Squilly

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I don't like it. What matters is if you like it.

What is it that it does for you that you wanted to add it?
I don't know to be honest. Want to add a personal touch but have a nice touch/design at the same time. I was at a dealership and saw two of the same car (essentially) with the spoiler I have but maybe slightly more elongated and the one with the built in light. Raised looks a little more sporty to me which is really what I'm trying to achieve.
 

BenTrovato

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Never liked the look of the "lip". Would prefer it extend out to the tail light.


I was debating between that and the one I got. Debating again.
I can appreciate liking a certain type of accessory. I've been down that road many times! What works better for me now is only working with the canvas. When working with someone else's design (like a car) it's difficult to add on what you like.. instead just roll with what works. At the end of the day go with what you want.. but I know you know the lip looks better :p
 

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Idislike "for show" spoilers, which it may or may not be.
Agree ^^^^

I'm not much for cosmetic spoilers. Unless they are wind tunnel tested, custom fitted and effective at some reasonable speed (say 70-80mph), they are just stick on, I-think-it-makes-my-car-look-cool cosmetics.

That said...that's just me, and if you like the look...go for it.

BTW: The integrated spoiler ("lip") is more likely to actually do what a spoiler should do (stick the back wheels to the road) since it is more likely to be wind tunnel tested as part of the coach design process.
 

rdowns

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I don't like the spoiler. You always struck me as a spinners sort of guy. :D
 
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Huntn

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Do you mean something like this?
That's for hang gliding! :p

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That's the bottom line, who cares if a bunch of internet folks do or don't care for it.

Its not my cup of tea

Of course of you want a spoiler lets go whole hog, the biggest and baddest spoiler has to go to the super bird
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The ultimate in cool. In fact I lust over the 68 Road Runner with the hemi... Although I don't care for the nose in your pic, it's close. :p:p This is what I'm thinking of:

 
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Squilly

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I can appreciate liking a certain type of accessory. I've been down that road many times! What works better for me now is only working with the canvas. When working with someone else's design (like a car) it's difficult to add on what you like.. instead just roll with what works. At the end of the day go with what you want.. but I know you know the lip looks better :p
Ugh. Hard to find pics to compare the two in my color.
Agree ^^^^

I'm not much for cosmetic spoilers. Unless they are wind tunnel tested, custom fitted and effective at some reasonable speed (say 70-80mph), they are just stick on, I-think-it-makes-my-car-look-cool cosmetics.

That said...that's just me, and if you like the look...go for it.

BTW: The integrated spoiler ("lip") is more likely to actually do what a spoiler should do (stick the back wheels to the road) since it is more likely to be wind tunnel tested as part of the coach design process.
They fall off? The "lip" keeps the back wheels on the ground? I got it for cosmetics really.
 

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Ugh. Hard to find pics to compare the two in my color.


They fall off? The "lip" keeps the back wheels on the ground? I got it for cosmetics really.
Yeah, the functional intent of a spoiler, usually on race cars, is not for looks. They force the movement of air over it in such a way as to push the rear, or front, if equipped, downward, increasing traction and reducing airflow under the car at high speeds where friction and too much airflow will cause the car to become unstable and potentially lose control.

For regular street cars, most probably don't do anything but increase drag on a car, unless the factory designed ones are built not to do so.
 

thatoneguy82

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The only spoilers I like are the ones that seem to be a part of the body. My past 3, including my current one, have a spoiler. It was a factory option, but it was included, and it seems to integrated w/ the trunk.
 

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