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1991 Acura NSX: Airdam Damage

April 16, 2012

NSX frontal.jpg

After 21 years of service, the under side of our NSX is showing some wear. Most specifically, the airdam. Photog Kurt Niebuhr mentioned in a previous post that the airdam touches down in some corners when driving aggressively on back roads. 

And I'll admit the front kissed the pavement once or twice in the midst of my spirited road trip to Laguna Seca, Part 1 and Part 2.

Steep driveways have also proved problematic for the NSX, despite our best efforts to angle the car in properly. To sum up, there's been some scraping, as much as it pains us.

So Mark Takahashi and I put the NSX on our Rotary Lift to inspect the level of damage.

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Photos by Mark Takahashi
Yep, more than a few pieces have touched down, including some metal ones (above). Ouch.

NSX airdam.jpg

Without question, the black plastic part of the airdam (above) has taken the most abuse. It's damaged enough to the point that we need a whole new piece, as it's no longer secured to the car in a few spots. This is the view from under the car, looking toward the front.

NSX fan shroud.jpg

This plastic piece just ahead of the front left tire protects the fan, and somehow it's been damaged/frayed as well.

We also noticed several clips and fasteners are missing throughout the underside.

Looks like we have some parts to order.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 54,683 miles.

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