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My ride sould arrive in a few days wednesdayish I see things mentioned about the rear spoiler one where they say it makes adifference and another where it doesn't make a difference what do the pros say and any other tidbits of info like being in Iowa should I start this up everyweek and take it out for a mile or two just to keep the parts lubed and such anything would help thanks guys and gals.
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Deke- The spoiler might make a difference in a 120 mph sweeper, but not in normal driving. You will note they eliminated the spoiler on the 456M.

I would not start and drive the car unless you can get the oil temperature up to 158 degrees every time you drive her. Otherwise the condensation that forms will tend to accumulate. If you can warm her up properly on the road, not in the garage, she will like that. Otherwise park her and use a battery maintainer. If you have enough space in front and rear to roll her forward and back every couple of weeks, it will help tire life. You could also put her on jack stands as an alternative.

I assume you have a 456 workshop manual, but if not, you can download one for free at ferraridatabase.com.

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[QUOTE=Deke;156701]My ride sould arrive in a few days wednesdayish


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Deke- The spoiler might make a difference in a 120 mph sweeper, but not in normal driving. You will note they eliminated the spoiler on the 456M
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I would not start and drive the car unless you can get the oil temperature up to 158 degrees every time you drive her. Otherwise the condensation that forms will tend to accumulate. If you can warm her up properly on the road, not in the garage, she will like that. Otherwise park her and use a battery maintainer. If you have enough space in front and rear to roll her forward and back every couple of weeks, it will help tire life. You could also put her on jack stands as an alternative.

I assume you have a 456 workshop manual, but if not, you can download one for free at ferraridatabase.com.

The spoiler was not eliminated but set to a fixed/open position for the 456 M series.

IIRC, manual states the figures correctly, the spoiler on the older GT deploys about 81-85 MPH. Then closes when in the 55-57MPH range. I do not recall the exact numbers. There is no need to exercise the spoiler.

Ferrari found the fixed aspect was fine [M series], and less troublesome: The mechanics of deploy can be a problem with rocks, dirt, and electronics. There is a test pin-out on the ECU for the spoiler which was set on mine causing it to NOT deploy: Brian Crall saw, fixed, it worked fine, but on the blink again: they are a bit quirky.

When operating correctly, the light will begin to flash on the OPEN side of 80MPH, then stop flashing. The light will again flash on closing—55MPHish—and stop when closed.
Additionally, during start up, the ECU cycles, so I’d wait about 30 seconds after starting to let the flashing lights stop and let you know the spoiler is tested.

When going under 80 the down force is not really needed. The above 80ish MPH can help, but, like Taz says, not sure until you hit the 100+ MPH.
WHEN I stomp on it, to make a quick pass the 55MPH to 90 is quick and I 'believe' it helps . Honestly, spoiler seems to only make sense in high speed corners, not GT normal driving on freeways unless approaching 100+ MPH: Seems, in my case to help stabilize the rear on higher speeds...not so mushy.
Deploying spoiler was one of Enzo’s desires, which is why I selected the older GT over the M, as his desire for reverse hood vents.

On the battery maintainer: I've not had to use one in over a YEAR, albeit I'm a daily driver, since I jerked out the non-sense electronics some bling fool installed. It starts right up and keeps it's charge with confidence.

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