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Now that I have your attention. My 1985 Spider that came with a bra that I have not used but I'm going on a cross country tour next weekend so thought it might be wise to try it on and check the fit. It looks like a factory original but could be after market. It is black vinyl with Alfa Romeo written in white and has a center wind deflector. Anyway, the only devices on the bra to secure it to the car are 2-3 inch cloth covered metal tabs. The tabs are pliable so you could clamp them pretty tight but I can't imagine the bra staying on at high speeds. Once the wind grabs it -YIKES! ( Oh, I just ran over it and flipped onto to winshield of the car behind me). If anybody has experience with bras, I would appreciate suggestions on the best way to fit it. Once you stop laughing, let me know the best way to secure the tabs and where and if additional modifications are needed. Thanks, Spider Mike
 

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Now that I have your attention. My 1985 Spider that came with a bra that I have not used but I'm going on a cross country tour next weekend so thought it might be wise to try it on and check the fit. It looks like a factory original but could be after market. It is black vinyl with Alfa Romeo written in white and has a center wind deflector. Anyway, the only devices on the bra to secure it to the car are 2-3 inch cloth covered metal tabs. The tabs are pliable so you could clamp them pretty tight but I can't imagine the bra staying on at high speeds. Once the wind grabs it -YIKES! ( Oh, I just ran over it and flipped onto to winshield of the car behind me). If anybody has experience with bras, I would appreciate suggestions on the best way to fit it. Once you stop laughing, let me know the best way to secure the tabs and where and if additional modifications are needed. Thanks, Spider Mike
That is an aftermarket bra... They were sold many years ago and are still available today. The tabs do bend and should go around the wheel wells and bottom part of the front spoiler. Then, it should also fit over the hood, with an elastic cord that goes around the inside of the hood, securing the top part in place. It will not interfere with opening and closing of the hood.

If it has not been used in a long time it is advisable to place it outside in the hot sun so that it softens and you can stretch it into place. Also, there were 2 types of bras: one for the Veloce and one for the Quad. Make sure that you have the correct one for your car. You should not need to modify anything. They work well and stay in place even at high speed.

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Thanks for the info Enrique. I failed to mention that on the top part of the bra on the under side, there are two flaps with two loops on each flap but there is no elastic shock cord. The flaps are about 2-3 feet apart and would fit under the hood on each side but I do not see anything on the inside of the hood that the loops could hook to. What you mentioned about the shock cord seems right. So were there hooks with the shock cord? Was the shoch cordstrung, flap tp flap, through the loops?
 

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I have one like yours on my 86. The tabs in the front are held with shock cord across the front of the hood..underneath. You should also fit shock cord from the tab,...mine has two grommets...the lower ones toward the front are for the cross-engine shock cord...and the upper for an attachment to the rear of the hood. I drilled two very small holes in the rear hood cross-:confused:member, and used a thin hook for the shock chord. The front tabs, as stated, go under the air dam, and around the front wheel well. The bra will stay on as you get to triple digit speeds, and works well. I assume that the car is red, and so can make the triple digit area easily. :confused:
 

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I assume that the car is red, and so can make the triple digit area easily. :confused:
Prolly more a case of the bra being black, and thus 'fooling' the atmosphere into letting the higher velocities flow more easily.

Well, that and the darker color makes the nose lighter through convection than the rest of the car, so in the 'nose up' position more air gets under which in turn creates less coefficient drag for the rear to overcome and less overall weight in general when moving (basically the car starts to ride on a cushion of low friction air as it's scooped then partially trapped underneath) resulting in the weaker body colored cars seeming to be able to move as fast as an all black one.

The same methodology can be used to a lesser effect when selecting interior colors, and part of the reason the car is more aero efficient when the black soft top is up vs down regardless of interior color.

Change the bra color to something not black and the extra speed won't be there, because the power isn't. (there's been debate as to whether a white bra will actually slow you down but no real research has been done, because honestly, who would want one?)

@ Eric:
Cool bra.
Gross chick.
Overall rating, 6, but only due to creativity levels involved.
 
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