I recently acquired a Kerscher Carbon Fiber front lip for my B7 S4 and wanted to share some pictures here on my blog. Those who know me or check out this blog regularly may recall that previously I had a Spoonfed Tuning CF Cupra R Lip that sadly bit the dust after some major road debris took its toll on it during the drive home from Wuste Vegas 2012. Prior to that I had an OEM Cupra R lip in plastic that I rather enjoyed but also sadly perished as I wasn’t as good at driving a lowered car as I am now (or at least, I hope that’s the case!). So needless to say, I have a mixed history when it comes with front lips – I love the look, but realize that running a front lip (especially a carbon fiber one) is a recipe for disaster (or at least, eventual demolition) on a daily driver that is lowered…
Regardless, I found a deal “too good to pass up” on this used Kerscher lip, and was excited to have a lip once again. With the black accents on my car, a lip really completes the look nicely – I imagine there may be some aerodynamic advantages too, although I’m not kidding myself too much there and realize this is mostly an aesthetic thing. I was even more excited about this lip than previous ones as the part is extremely rare, and the previous owner had done some custom fiberglass work to make the lip fit extra flush and not flutter at higher speeds.
I installed the lip by removing the bumper and bolting it to the underside using locking washers and locking nuts for extra grip. As many B7 owners know, many carbon fiber lips (such as the Deval lip) tend to flutter/lift/move at high speeds due to their extremely low weight – many run supporters to keep it in place instead, although personally I wanted to try to avoid that look if possible. While I’m not sure what the previous owner of the lip did, I can say that the lip seems to hold very well as installed and doesn’t appear to need any springs or supporting rods to hold it in place, even at freeway speeds.
You can still buy this lip, but as far as I’m aware it isn’t sold stateside so you have to buy from Germany and have it shipped in. Check out eBay for your best bet to find one:
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Thanks for tuning in, and I promise my next mod/write-up will be of a part still commercially available 😉
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