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This is a discussion on Vortex Generator within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Hello Everyone, Does anyone know if the vortex generator has functionality to it? Or is it just for looks? Also, ...

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    Vortex Generator

    Hello Everyone,

    Does anyone know if the vortex generator has functionality to it? Or is it just for looks? Also, what vendors do you guys recommend I purchase a front lip from?

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    I'm guessing the new ones. It is actually a factory option for the '13 sedans I believe.
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    I have one that came on the car when I bought it. Without having anything to compare having vs not having it, I honestly cant say if it is indeed functional. Though, based off what I have read about the vortex generators on EVOs, it should be functional.

    I like the look of it, but it is just a black piece of plastic and will be very vulnerable to UV damage without constant care. I am currently looking to have it covered in a vinyl (if possible) or see if I can get it painted to match the car.

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    A general ebay search will return a bunch of lips ranging from urethane (less than $100) to carbon fiber ($300+)
    Last edited by 11blackSTi; 12-24-2013 at 05:21 AM.

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    IMHO: its form over function and may have the same functionality as a Left Handed Smoke Shifter...

    That being said, read below:

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    I think I will invest in a vortex....and a front lip........

    I picked up a 2013 WRX Premium in black about a week ago....

    Always wanted one.

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    The vortex generators on most cars are mostly for pure looks. Now they do give it a great look. But the functionality of it is pure speculation in my book. They use vortex generators on the edge of many airplane wings to allow for a slower stall speed to be able to have more control of the control surfaces in case of a stall.

    Now to make them useful on a car you would have to get yourself into a pretty good spin and be going fast enough to actually make it help. With them normally being by the back window you wouldn't really see much action from them until you get to about 80+ mph like your wing you have on the back of your car. Do to aerodynamics I would say there isn't much it could do because our WRX stay planted on the ground but they do look damn good on the car though.

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    i got one for my 12 wrb and love it. got it color matched at a local shop for 50$. as for functionality i really don't think that it helps at all. like other ppl have said you would have be going pretty fast for it to do much of any thing. Click image for larger version. 

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    They're more functional on the EVO 8 and 9 then the 10 because the 10 has a deeper ridge already in the roof to aid air flow

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    here's mine:

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    Quote Originally Posted by azwethinkweiz View Post
    here's mine:
    while i like the look of it still im still really glad that i color matched it. it just looks alot cleaner.

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    Hey guys I'm new to the forums, I can't seem to find a Vortex Generator for my 2014 5-Door, do they make them for hatchbacks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by levylev View Post
    Hey guys I'm new to the forums, I can't seem to find a Vortex Generator for my 2014 5-Door, do they make them for hatchbacks?

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    No that would look horrible!

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    Pretty sure it's almost all for looks, especially on a street car. Evos had it to smooth the airflow over for the spoiler...or so says a fellow evo owner.

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