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Old 08-11-2017, 09:58 AM
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Default Spyder Rear Wing Has 3 Height Positions? What Triggers Them?

I'm trying to understand what some Spyder owners have already noted: The rear wing's "service" height (when pressing the button on the dash) only raises it about 1" (much shorter than standard Boxster), but at speed, it fully raises to the expected 4". So that implies that there are 3 positions in total (Closed, Intermediate, and Fully Raised). Here are examples of the 2 raised modes:









But what are the operating ranges or speed thresholds for each mode? Does the Spyder wing raise to the intermediate height at at 75 MPH, then fully extend to the 4" height at even faster speeds? What I didn't expect to learn (see
) was once it deploys while driving, the rear wing seems to only vary between the 1" and 4" height (or is that only in a narrow speed range?). When does it go back to the fully lowered/closed position? Below 55 MPH? Or only at rest?

And why does the Spyder need an intermediate height when the regular Boxster gets away with just 2 modes?


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Old 08-11-2017, 10:53 AM
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I didn't know it went to that extra height. Just thought because it was more of a duck tail it was a lower height than the regular Boxster.

Would like to know how to lock in that extra height manually for when driving at speed.
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:18 AM
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If you hold the button for extended time (approx 30 seconds) the spoiler goes down and back up to the full extension. Not really sure why they do the lower height mode when manually lifting.
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The manual says "Automatic mode
Depending on the vehicle speed the rear wing extends automatically at speeds above approx. 75 mph (120 km/h) and retracts again below approx. 50 mph (80 km/h)."
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:23 PM
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Note that the lower height is only used when pushing the button. When in auto mode, it's fully extended when you hit the 75mph as posted by il pirata
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Originally Posted by 63A 981510 View Post
Note that the lower height is only used when pushing the button. When in auto mode, it's fully extended when you hit the 75mph as posted by il pirata
Hmmm. Didn't know this. Just assumed at 75 mph it went from closed to the first/intermediate position and then only extended to its fully raised position once a certain unknown greater speed was reached.
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I did not know it even went up and down. Does the 987.2 also adjust?
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^^^^^ No, the wing is fixed on the 987 Spyder.
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It is important to raise it up when you wash the car and dry under there...

Since I wash mine every time I drive it, I am now pretty good about getting it up and keeping it there.

That sounds wrong.
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Originally Posted by blacksheepSpyder View Post
It is important to raise it up when you wash the car and dry under there...

Since I wash mine every time I drive it, I am now pretty good about getting it up and keeping it there.

That sounds wrong.
Wow do you really wash after each drive? You must drive once a month.
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Originally Posted by 63A 981510 View Post
Note that the lower height is only used when pushing the button. When in auto mode, it's fully extended when you hit the 75mph as posted by il pirata
I'm not sure that is correct. Because the "lower position" (which I refer to as the "intermediate" or middle position) is clearly being utilized many times in this video:
(Unless this is only happening because the Spyder owner pressed the button on the dash so it never goes to fully closed position?) According to the video, the Spyder doesn't seem to alternate between the fully extended 4" and fully closed like regular Boxsters. It appears to only bounce between the full 4" and 1" intermediate position. Why? And at which speeds does it do this?

Or is that only coincidental due to the speeds of the car in the video? In other words, will a Spyder wing alternate between fully closed and just the 1" intermediate height at slower speeds (say 55 MPH to 74 MPH, but once over 75 MPH the 4" height is used)?

I guess what I'm trying to determine is what the speed bands or thresholds are for each mode or height. Is it something like this?
  • Fully Closed Until 55 MPH
  • Intermediate 1" Height Between 55 MPH and 74 MPH
  • Full 4" Height at 75 MPH+
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When I manually extend the spoiler to the highest setting, I notice after going for a drive that it is back down when I get home. Wish I could just keep it in the highest position (by taking out a fuse, or disconnecting the power to it) but that will probably throw a CEL...
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