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Flaps in front of the front tires...

Caligula

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Oct 14, 2015
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149
San Diego
What are they and what are they for? I've wondered this since I first looked under my car last month. Aerodynamics? Something to mitigate mud/debris? A tool to funnel smallish animals squarely under the front tires? I've never seen these on a vehicle before.
 

CHG-ON

Still in love after all these miles
Jun 24, 2014
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636
Santa Cruz Mountains, USA
Yes, and they are quite common. Most noticeable on Corvettes. Pretty much only noticeable to geeks like me. Along with areo, they funnel ICE drivers very neatly and squarely under the tires.
 

Caligula

Member
Oct 14, 2015
596
149
San Diego
Unfortunately it looks like they probably collapse at highway speeds. BMW's have hard ones.

But this also means they collapse when you park too close to a concrete stop or curb when pulling into the stall, instead of snapping off. I mean honestly, who among us hasn't pulled too far forward before?
 

e-FTW

New electron smell
Aug 23, 2015
3,268
3,086
San Francisco, CA
But this also means they collapse when you park too close to a concrete stop or curb when pulling into the stall, instead of snapping off. I mean honestly, who among us hasn't pulled too far forward before?
Exactly.
But I still park my car's front-right on a stall mat. 3/4 inch hard rubber mat, that raises the car just enough so that this flap is not completely flattened when I pull up to the stop in my garage.
 

sillydriver

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Oct 19, 2014
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Middleburg, va
But this also means they collapse when you park too close to a concrete stop or curb when pulling into the stall, instead of snapping off. I mean honestly, who among us hasn't pulled too far forward before?
Today I pulled too far forward parking at the post office, with the nose of the car over the curb. I looked to make sure nothing scraped and saw these little flaps ahead of the tires that I had never noticed before bent against the curb. I'm glad they're flexible.
 

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