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Lawn edging airdam still holding up well



I am calling this a success story (hope I don't jinx myself) because it is on the winter wagon. I put it on last summer. So far I've pushed through a lot of snow piles on the road. I've parked against a snow pile and left it deformed for 10 hours. I've bottomed it out in potholes and dips. Today at the gas station I ran over a large ice chunk from the truck in front of me, pushed it square against a raised manhole, and it had to have bent up the airdam pretty good as the chunk went under the car and hit the engine cradle. To my surprise when I checked 50 miles later it was still totally fine. It's holding up to winter a lot better than I ever imagined it would.

Definitely recommended as an airdam material.

I'm really thinking of replacing the airdam on the Celebrity with this next summer. The aluminum one has gotten really beat up from bottoming out on potholes and dips and I can only bend it back into shape so many times.

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Wow. That's proof in the pudding. My assumption was that in your climate it would be a seasonal option.

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Upon an abandoned gravel pit (I wanted to climb the walls with my sube) I found a chunk of a conveyor belt from a mill.It took an electric cutter to cut it, and I made a skirt similar, only much smaller. Very durable. could stay out there in the elements a long time.
What stuff did you use?
EDIT: oh. lawn edging material.
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Lawn edging is really great stuff to use, as it has some edges and the round part on it. Depending on your tastes you can mount it many different ways.

Used to do it to my older Hondas for autocrossing, lasted many years.

Congrats and nice job on mounting it.
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I am curious what type of edging you are using and where you bought it as I am having trouble finding anything wider than 4", I would prefer the old rubberized stuff with the strings in it but alas it seems to not exist anymore.

I would like to drop the dam almost to the ground which is about 12" from the air dam lip on the car to the ground.

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The stuff I used was the typical stuff 4" or so. I got mine free from spring cleanup piles. One thing I like around here, people throw away good stuff and it's fun to go pile hunting throughout the springtime. I mounted it with the screws through the round part. It holds its shape better that way (if I mount it the other way it kinks). Also the screws go through 2 surfaces for better hold down power.

I think some motorhomes came with a huge mudflap that goes across the whole back. You might be able to find something like that. Or maybe some truck mudflaps and bolt them together with small screws. Either that or maybe you could make something solid down as far as you think won't ever hit the ground, then put the edging along the bottom of that.
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I plan on it hitting ground, thats why I would prefer the old rubber edging my folks used to put around flower beds, went deep and stuck up. I dug some up and its all deteriorated now

Anyway my car currently has a 4" plastic air dam under the front end to begin with (stock from factory), suspension is bad so I do hit bottom when entering parking lots and the like. Still I would like to try to block it off as much as possible. To do so I would have to remove the stock air dam and install a new taller one.

I'm not sure where I would find junk motor home mud flaps but I will keep an eye out. Not sure what else I could use that is flexable.

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I think you can get bulk rubber belt material by the foot from Tractor Supply.
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I might have to try this stuff for some side skirts...
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I've put almost 20,000 miles on my Home Depot Lawn Edging Air Dam. It is pretty beat up and in nead of replacement. I will echo the endorsement for them, very durable. No problem with, ice, snow, mud, curbs etc... What has killed mine is repeated abrasion against the asfault entering and exiting parking lots, driveways and the such. $13 for a 20' roll of 5" edging at Home Depot, it's enough to do two cars.

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