the 2 products i am installing are:
-wk2 recovery point
-wk2 sump protection plate- heavy duty 5mm
Products | Chief Products
ok so chief rates the ease of installation for the bash plates as 1/10 and the recovery hooks at 3/10 but i beg to differ ! it might be that rating on a hoist with power tools and maybe extra manpower but doing it alone on the ground with the car set on OR2 height and crawling underneath i would rate the installation maybe 4/10 for the plates and 3/10 for the recovery point..
changing oil and oil filter in the jeep grand cherokee i would rate as a 1/10. ie way easier than this install.
i might not be a mechanic but i do some work on my own cars eg oil change, gearbox oil change, diff oil change, air filter, flush radiator, bleed brakes, change brake rotors and pads, change fuel filter, change fuel pumps, change radiators so at least i'm not a mechanical noob.
in retrospect if you are a mechanical noob, i would say just get the shop to do it for you. as there was blood drawn doing the install process
factor in an arvo to get both the bash plate and recovery point in. i'm sure i can do this much faster now that i've done it (i'm guessing 1.5hrs) but since it was the first attempt at it , i was taking my time and applying antiseize to all the bolts.
before i get to the install process i was a little disappointed as the bash plate does NOT work if you have the Mopar sump skid plate installed
as you cannot bolt the bash plate and skid plate together. so we need a new aftermarket sump plate now. no amount of wiggling could get the back bash plate holes to line up with the skid plate. even if it did the skid plate would hang down to catch objects under the car as it sticks out below the the end of the bash plate
-sidechrome drive rotator ratchet
-socket extension bar
-cardboard to lie on the ground !
onto the install :
1. get rid of the air dam. not that easy without reading any manual or diy on it.took me about 45mins to figure out what was going on.
-get rid of factory front x3 m6 bolts for the oem belly pan (sorry no pic)
-get rid of the 7 round plastic fasteners (2 of them are in front of the wheel, see the pic below (ones on the very edge) they are hard to see and undo them by feel
this is what those round things are holding (circled). the 1 on the outer edge are in front of the wheel.
i started wiggling the bumper from the edge until the tabs loosened. you can see all the tabs in the above picture as well
you can see the tab locks
once that air dam is off, and oem belly pan is off, i decided to do the recovery point 1st
i got them lined up for the passenger side
where it should be bolted in
now bolted in
geez it was a work out lifting the recovery hook with the left arm whilst trying to line them up and bolt them in
little did i know the bash plate install for me was worse !
the bash plate is heavy and large and bulky. 18.7kg apparently.
carrying this thing underneath the car and lining it up to the holes was a bitch
i figured i would start by bolting the front 3 bolts of the bash plate to the car.
whilst manoeuvring the plate, shoulders/arms holding the front bit up , knees holding the back bit up, i bolted the front on. (bolt them loosely so plate can be wiggled to align the back 2 bolts)
however this is where i noticed that i had drawn blood !
where the nice looking chief product tag sits are f*cking sharp bits out of the rivet
and they just tore my knee up when i was trying to support it up to bolt the front 3 bolts in
. and 1 of the 3 front bolts i must have overtightened and killed the thread, but i couldnt be assed unbolting it now to fix the thread.
now i was going to bolt the back bolts but ran into major trouble with the mopar sump skid plate installed. the bolt holes are close but cant line up and even if it did as you can see it would dangle below the bash plate to catch things. and yes that is a blood stain on the plate below the chief product tag !
after much frustration trying to line them up and not fitting , i came to the conclusion that it was either keep one or the other.
so i took the sump skid plate out
now it was easy to bolt the back to m8 bolts
do the 2 side bolts for the bash plate using the 13mm socket, ratchet, 13mm spanner. with the bolt protruding outwards. little bit trickier on the passenger side as there is a bottle in the way, so you have to reach around the back with the spanner.
-reinstall the air dam
-put round plastic fasteners in
could only fit back 5 out of the 7 as 2 of them couldnt pull the wheel arch liner back to fit in. not that it really matters as it is quite well attached on
air dam back on
close up of recovery point
but now exposes those 2 hoses to the elements as you drive as they are not behind the plastic panel any more
-good packaging-instructions however required downloading the pdf from the website and did not outline how to remove the air dam properly
-product looks great and looks unbreakable !
-not that easy to install for a noob (hopefully made easier now with this guide)
-sharp bits on rivets are a hazard !
-did not work with mopar sump skid plate
-now need some protection in that area ?? custom solution again
-objects heavy-better installed with an extra pair of hands to help
on another note:
whilst under the car i noticed that the stick exhaust was dented in . is it supposed to be like that from factory ??
and with the installation of the mopar skid plate set , i noticed that the factory oem liner for the transmission is no longer there covering it . is it supposed to be like that ??