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Carbon Fibre Ducktail

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I always preferred ducktails to monstrous wings, so my Zed is about to get a new carbon fibre tail. 

There is no weight saving to speak off, carbon fibre is 1.900kg versus standard 2.050kg spoiler, but compare the sizes!

Honestly don’t want to bore anyone with details, there is so much information already on the net, but let me tell you this: you have to be a hardcore masochist to attempt to do this yourself. I heard that removing the old spoiler would be painful and realised quickly that it was an understatement . But removal of the double sided tape is nothing short of excruciating. Acetone, citrus oil, plastic scrapper and fingertips – nothing works! Well, it (sort of) does, but is so slow that I’m having second thoughts (too late).

I hope to find some time in the next week or so to finish it. Will keep you posted, of course.

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Posted · Report post

Love a nice ducktail, I'm sure the effort will be worth it. Don't forget to post pics of the finished job!

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Very interested in hearing how you get on. I’m interested in getting a ducktail spoiler but only if it fits as good as Oem. Which make of ducktail did you go for ? You clearly have far more patience than me as I would have given up after five minutes and took the car to a body shop. Good luck and don’t be shy with pics :D

p.s I’m sure they’re called “Duckbill” not Ducktail ;)

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It's a no-name brand, but the quality of workmanship is pretty good. I don't see many classic hand-laid-carbon-fibre faults. It didn't come with any instructions, screws, tape or paper templates.

I don't recommend fitting it yourself as it is really time consuming for a beginner (me). But I already started so...

OK, trial fitting (screws only). Middle part fits well, the RHS needs minor adjustment (2-4mm) and the LHS needs probably at least several mm. The problem is that it needs to be ground exactly where one of the 4 main screws is. I'll try on the weekend.

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Looks a pretty damn close fit and so much better than the stock spoiler. Work wheels look great too, very tastefull mods. Got a link to where you ordered your  spoiler from?

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Spoiler is from Ebay, currently on special. It does look fantastic, and it's a real carbon fibre, not a vinyl wrap.. Regarding fine adjustments, there is a concern that small fibres may cause complications similar to those of asbestos so I'm getting a full face mask and disposable overalls.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CARBON-FIBER-CS-TYPE-N-STYLE-TRUNK-WING-REAR-SPOILER-FOR-NISSAN-370Z/262399870438

 

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My attempt at fitting it would involve a hammer ,blue tack and no more nails :P 

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Looks awesome, these always remind me of someone wearing a cap. 

This is heaps cheaper than a US company was asking.  At 300ish its worth a shot. 

Put up some photos of it once you've finished finessesing.  

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