Air dam (front)

Discussion in '2016 + Toyota Tacoma' started by blacktaco4x4, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. blacktaco4x4

    blacktaco4x4 Member

    Looks better with it? Or without it? For sport and sr5 models. I’m debating on removing it. Heard it affects gas mileage slightly. What y’all think?
     
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  3. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    It looks better without it IMHO. Looks like you gained an inch of lift.
    I may have lost a mile or so per gallon.
    Scott Wyman (on this board) said it was more unstable at highway speeds in wind, but I didn’t notice.
     
  4. OR17TRD

    OR17TRD Well-Known Member

    I’d take it off. But I’d also want larger tires and a better approach angle. :cool:
     
  5. B-Man

    B-Man Well-Known Member

    Remove it.....looks better! Gas mileage change is minimal.
     
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  6. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    I havent noticed any mileage change, but I have noticed a handling difference at highway speeds. Especially during windy days where head winds were in excess of 15 miles an hour. I think the front spoiler (Toyota terminology) helps block air flow into the front wheel wells at high speeds which decreases tire contact with the road.
    After having mine off for a year I put it back on and there is a very noticeable difference.
     
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2019
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  7. TacoKen

    TacoKen Well-Known Member

    Well, I don't see it so my guess is better without it. Must have deleted the pic....
     
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  8. Will Evans

    Will Evans Well-Known Member

    I'm no engineer but wouldn't the air dam give you better stability at high speeds? A little bit of a down force on the front of the vehicle?

    I've got one on my truck but I never drove without it so I can't provide input on any difference. But if you have it on your truck, might as well keep it on. It's good for a bit of hood protection too.
     
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    blacktaco4x4

    blacktaco4x4 Member

    I might take it off to see how it looks, I’ll post before and after photos on here.
     
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  10. dirtytaco

    dirtytaco Well-Known Member

    TRD off-road models do not come with them so just remove it and pretend like it was never there and you’ll notice no difference
     
  11. Will Evans

    Will Evans Well-Known Member

    Huh? My 06 is a TRD off road and came with it..
     
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  12. dirtytaco

    dirtytaco Well-Known Member

    May be a 3rd gen thing
     
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  13. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    Exactly my point. Maybe my dyslexia got the best of me while I was trying to explain it.
     
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  14. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    It does look better with it off, but it drives better with it on.
     
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    blacktaco4x4

    blacktaco4x4 Member

    IMG_8934.jpg IMG_8935.jpg
     
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  16. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    IMHO it looks cleaner.

    Scott-did you put yours back on?

    I’ve driven highway speeds+ around here and didn’t notice adverse handling. We’re going to Greenville (9 hrs north of San Antonio) next weekend and I’ll report on extended highway driving versus last time we went.
     
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  17. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    I did put mine back on and, IMHO (and I've done a lot of driving), there us a noticeable driving difference.

    I get a lot less "swerve" with the spoiler on. The truck is more stable at high speeds (70mph+) and especially on windy days and in heavy traffic where there is a lot of turbulant air currents on the road.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2019
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  18. texasred

    texasred Well-Known Member

    I’m taking the Austin bypass both ways so it’ll be 80 + whatever I can get away with for that length.
    I’m interested to see for myself. Maybe I should take it with me and put it on for the return trip.
     
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  19. Scott Wyman

    Scott Wyman Well-Known Member

    That would be a good test.
     
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  20. Bojangles

    Bojangles Well-Known Member

    Lmfao, all of this airdam nonsense in a second gen section.

    Can we have a moderator move this to third gen section?

    .......riiiiiiiiiiiight
     
  21. kp.taco

    kp.taco Well-Known Member

    Post a pic. I wanna see
     

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