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Old 04-13-2014, 02:57 AM
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Re: installing chief bash plate and recovery hook

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Could not agree with you more
Urgent need for some one to design an air dam replacement
Increase the front ground clearance while keeping other components safe and protected
Me too! However, if we are going to kill ourselves in a WK2, statistically it's going to be on a freeway not in the bush, so I would be reluctant to fit anything that significantly upsets the frontal and under-body aerodynamics. Also, Jeep has gone to a bit effort to ensure efficient ducting of air to the lower part of the radiators. Anyone towing a caravan would not like this compromised. Drilling a few holes in a bull-bar just isn't the same. I'm thinking of metal where protection is needed and cheap plastic clip-on air-dam and ducting where needed.
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Re: installing chief bash plate and recovery hook

Yeah i agree as far as don't want to impede air flow but the front air dam needs something
I don't like the idea of removal but my god for a off road vehicle it sucks
Some one must be smart enough to come up with a better solution


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Old 04-13-2014, 06:29 AM
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Re: installing chief bash plate and recovery hook

I'm not convinced the airdam does much for aerodynamics, the trend for lower bumpers on 4wds seems to be mainly a cosmetic thing. The cruisers, patrols, etc have higher set bumpers that provide access to recovery points directly attached to the frame. The trend of lower bumpers means these hooks need to protrude through the bumper.

I don't think that adding an airdam to a 100 series cruiser would provide any real benefit to it's aerodynamics or airflow to the radiator. The need for Jeep to provide ducting and holes for recovery hooks is as a result of the desire for the cosmetic improvement, rather than formula1 type downforce, IMO.

I don't think a pre-runner/airdam replacement is realistically going to have any greater impact on aero than an ARB or uneek bar does, and can be designed with sufficient ventilation to avoid any real impact on airflow at the radiator. With the airdam on, there is actually only a very small opening allowing air to flow in, with much of the surrounding area sealed off. You will quite possibly get far more air movement with the airdam off and a pre-runner skid plate with vents.

See below for an example, but I'd probably still go with more ventilation than the version here.
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Re: installing chief bash plate and recovery hook

Just got off the phone from Prestige Offroad who fitted my ECB Bullbar and added the Chief 3mm bashplate. They confirm the bashplate fits with the ECB bar on the new WK2 2014 CRD. Feedback was the rear holes lined up perfectly whilst the front holes had to be enlarged slightly to line up with the bar. Apparantly the plate comes with approx 6mm holes and these had to be widened to about 7-8mm to allow the plate to line up with the bar. Took about 1 1/2 hours to fit the plate and was rated as an easy fit. Look forward to picking the car up hopefully Friday!! Will post photos once I have the vehicle in my grubby little hands!! Now to get the BFG's on board, windows tinted and then I'll be good to go!
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