Front chin spoiler

May 2, 2020
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Ok I have installed the OEM brand front spoiler and it looks like it takes 2
braces do you guys put those braces on or leave the off for some reason I don't see them for sale anywhere but eBay
 

Gary S

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Apr 14, 1999
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Put them on if you can find some. They aren't reproduced as far as I know. However, other people here have said that you can buy the set of 3 braces for a '69 spoiler and use the two outboard ones and the middle one isn't needed.
 

badazz81z28

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May 4, 2001
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People have used the 69 braces, but I read they are actually a different length than the 70, even though they still get the job done. Any repop 70 braces you find on eBay are 69 braces
 

berg2695

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Nov 13, 2011
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I would just make your own braces out of something like aluminum tubing ( maybe 3/8" or 1/2" diam. or so) by flattening the ends and drilling. The factory braces are ridiculously heavy for the job they do. I guess steel was cheap back then: Got an engineering problem? Throw more steel at it! :D
 

badazz81z28

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May 4, 2001
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I would just make your own braces out of something like aluminum tubing ( maybe 3/8" or 1/2" diam. or so) by flattening the ends and drilling. The factory braces are ridiculously heavy for the job they do. I guess steel was cheap back then: Got an engineering problem? Throw more steel at it! :D


The problem with aluminum is it needs to have a larger diameter to have the same strength. You can get the 69 braces on
EBay for $17. If you are already buying something from Summit to save shipping, they are only $10 there.

You’re not saving money making your own.
 

berg2695

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My suggestion was about saving weight, not money. The brace bolts to thin plastic. Would you rather tear the spoiler or bend the brace?
 

badazz81z28

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My suggestion was about saving weight, not money. The brace bolts to thin plastic. Would you rather tear the spoiler or bend the brace?

Umm…neither? The weight of these rods are negligible. They should be stiff enough to keep the plastic steady.

You have pics of yours?
 

berg2695

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Nov 13, 2011
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Being right is really important to you, isn't it? Fine. You win. And no, I don't have any pictures because I haven't made the parts yet. It's just an idea.
 

badazz81z28

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May 4, 2001
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Being right is really important to you, isn't it? Fine. You win. And no, I don't have any pictures because I haven't made the parts yet. It's just an idea.


There’s no right or wrong, just a if it ain’t broke, why fix it?


All 3 braces…not even a pound.
 

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