Jun 17, 2013 update to the Nissan 240SX project car

She’s Taking on Water, Captain!

Not sure we want to constantly air out the car. And, yes, new hatch struts are on the way.
We're not thrilled about the water, but at least we don't see any permanent damage.

Obviously ours needs to go, so what do we do: aftermarket piece, OE replacement, or just go au naturel and fill in the holes?

Our 1991 Nissan 240SX came from the factory sporting a little lip spoiler, and it’s not made of fiberglass or plastic. It’s formed in some kind foam-filled matter. Over time they’re known to shrink, kink and, well, stink.

No, there’s no bad odor, but those other two problems let water intrude into the hatch area. Ours was no different, and after Hurricane Andrea passed through our neck of the woods we noticed a wet spot beneath the car.

The bad news was the puddle surrounding the spare the tire. The good news, though, was that no rust was present.

Turns out the original spoiler is shown in stock, yet there’s a ton of aftermarket alternatives, from subtle to rather extreme. Obviously ours needs to go, so what do we do: aftermarket piece, OE replacement, or just go au naturel and fill in the holes?

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ZOO
ZOO UltraDork
6/17/13 5:09 a.m.

Fill the holes!

stafford1500
stafford1500 Reader
6/17/13 6:41 a.m.

Get creative with the fiberglass and make your own swoopy spoiler...

scardeal
scardeal Dork
6/17/13 7:38 a.m.

ducktail

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/17/13 9:57 a.m.

I like the ducktail idea.

RoadWarrior
RoadWarrior Reader
6/17/13 10:18 a.m.

japanese market 180SX spoiler? or maybe one of those lip style ones?

Downforce
Downforce None
6/17/13 9:43 p.m.

ditto, fill in the holes and spend the money elsewhere! still amazed by the lousy quality of that piece. is that common for OEM spoilers?

mblommel
mblommel Reader
6/18/13 9:36 a.m.

Fill the holes and move on.

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