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Car Splitter | What is It and How Does it Work?

There are many aftermarket accessories that can improve the performance of your car. Some accessories are parts or components you attach to the engine or exhaust system. Others, such as car splitters, are parts you build into the frame of the vehicle. Engine modifications, such as turbo chargers, are straightforward, but what about car splitters? What exactly are they and how do they work?

What Is A Car Splitter?

A car splitter is a modification to the body of the car that is usually attached to the bottom of the front bumper. Splitters look like a flat scoop that extends out from the bottom of the front of the car. Splitters are often made from carbon fiber or other similar durable materials. Splitters sometimes have support rods that are attached between the splitter and the bumper, which keep the splitter parallel to the ground.

How Do Car Splitters Work?

So how does a car splitter – simply a rigid extension of the lower bumper – contribute to the car’s performance? Well, when a car reaches high speeds, air pressure builds up at the front of the car. A lot of this high pressure, low-speed air ends up underneath the car. With only low pressure air above the car exerting itself on top, the car experiences lift, with the front of the car lightening up. This results in reduced traction on the road.

Splitter air movement

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A car splitter forces the high pressure air upwards, where it builds up around the bumper and migrates up and over the car. The high speed, low pressure air passes underneath the car. Combined, this reduces vehicle lift and results in a net positive downforce. This gives the car more traction as it hugs the ground. Many drivers combine a splitter with a front air dam or front bumper openings that direct the extra air into the brake ducts or radiator for cooling. Car body upgrades in general are all for redirecting air to carry out various functions.

Car Splitter vs Lip Kit

Car splitters have a lot to offer, but they’re not the only game in town. It's possible to get the same performance gains with a quality lip kit, which is usually a fraction of the cost. Like a car splitter, a lip kit is installed on the bumper of the vehicle, improving downforce and aerodynamics. It also provides bumper protection. When trying to choose between a car splitter and a lip kit, it boils down to style preference and budget.

In general, a lip kit is much easier to install than a car splitter, so that’s another consideration to keep in mind. Even those with no experience should still be able to install a quality lip kit in 15 minutes or less. Most lips kits are non-invasive and technically not permanent, but a good kit should last the full life of your vehicle with proper install and care.

Damaged splitter

And then, of course, there are the materials used. Car splitters are usually made from fiberglass, carbon fiber, alumilite, and other composites. Lip kits, on the other hand, are made from high-quality, durable rubber. A lip kit may not look as flashy, but it does a better job of maintaining its integrity after years of abuse. A stray pebble can scratch, dent, ding, or otherwise damage traditional car splitters, while a lip kit successful deflects rogue debris.

Order A Quality Lip Kit

A quality car splitter can definitely enhance your ride, and it’s the perfect solution for the right vehicle. But if you’re looking to get style and protection while saving money and time, we invite you to check out the All-Fit Lip Kit. Many drivers prefer the All-Fit Lip Kit’s sleek aesthetic and its wealth of other benefits. The All-Fit Lip Kit is subtle and smooth, while still giving your ride that awesome street style.

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While you can definitely buy an All-Fit Lip Kit for your front bumper only, we recommend the 30 foot kit. This will cover both bumpers and your side skirts, finishing off the lowered look. Car splitters are only meant for the front bumpers, and it costs a lot more to install a whole body kit. If you'd like more info about the All-Fit Lip Kit, please call us at (619)-500-3669 or email us at sales@allfitautomotive.com.