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Old 04-03-2011, 04:36 PM
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

Any drawbacks to leaving the air dam off permanently? In stills and videos I've seen the appearance is still good with it off, well, isn't that bad. I'd rather go that route than the hassle of removing and replacing the damn thing.
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

No, it is ugly with it off. I have found the outter most fasteners are the most difficult to get in and out. If someone pushes backwards from the front corner of the lower airdam it helps. I have found a rubber hammer makes installing it much easier when you need to get the tabs back in (not talking about the fasteners).
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

With the air dam off, what component(s) are the most likely to be struck when off roading? Are there skid plates available?

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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

The front bottom of the radiator is more exposed, as is the ACC sensor if you have that option and leave it on (you are supposed to remove it when off-roading also). There is frame material and skid plate below the radiator, just nothing in front of it. The air dam is only plastic, so it has limited ability to protect the car when installed.
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

Using illustrations in my 1993 Jeep brochure and the new 2011 brochure and with the air dam removed from the 2011, I figure the approach angle is about the same (35 degrees) for both vehicles. Now I can anticipate off roading like I do now without difficulty (he said hopefully).
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

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The front bottom of the radiator is more exposed, as is the ACC sensor if you have that option and leave it on (you are supposed to remove it when off-roading also). There is frame material and skid plate below the radiator, just nothing in front of it. The air dam is only plastic, so it has limited ability to protect the car when installed.
The bottom of the windshield washer fluid reservoir is also hanging down there with nothing in front of it. I doubt a puncture is likely (anything likely to do that would punch right through the fascia too).

Still, it's quite ugly without that lower fascia and I wouldn't be surprised if the less aerodynamic front end would result in more wind noise and/or some reduction in mileage.
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

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Ibob, my WK2 front dam removal took essentially four steps for removal:

3) There may be a few metric bolts that need to be removed, can't recall if these are for front dam or plastic skid plates underbody (my removal was for tow hook installation so this may not be needed)
PLASTIC skid plates?!? The WK2 has plastic skid plates? Which ones?
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

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This especially applies to reinstallation when you need to guide a lot of small tabs into small slots at an odd angle.
I think this belongs on another forum.....LOL
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

Well I got the 7 1/4 turn fasteners off but I am still unsure how the air dam comes off. It seems pretty tight at the top but loose on the bottom. I chickened out and gave up.

If it matters I have the factory off road package with the tow hooks already installed.
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

Does anyone happen to have pictures of their Jeeps with the lower air damn removed?

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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

That plastic piece is not a skid plate. It just prevents crap from getting up into the engine bay.

Nothing new to add with removing it. Total PITA. I didn't find putting it on to be that difficult. I had the 7 quarter/half turn fastners and a bolt in each fender well holding the felt piece to it.
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Re: Front Air Dam Removal

This is an old post but I thought I'd add a tip. I removed my air dam to go off road and it was not the easiest thing getting the top unclipped from the bumper. Before I put the air dam back on, I put a LITTLE bit of petroleum gel (Vaseline will work too) on each of the 12 tabs on the top and they popped back in without a problem ... should help next time it has to be removed.
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