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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

2 questions:

First, anyone have photos of the air dam removed. I'd love to see a video of someone removing it.

Second, what do you do with it when you remove it? Toss it in the back? Do you wrap anything around it? Seems rather large, awkward, ungainly, and, naturally, dirty.

Seems that the premise is that you should do this on site, as you're getting ready to go off road vs just doing it at home before your trip. The consensus seems to be that the air dam is required for highway travel, so removing it on site and replacing it after the trail seems to be the proper technique.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:27 PM
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

We just spent 4 days in the Victorian high country doing Blue rag track and many trails around Dargo, I left the front air dam on and only bottomed it out slightly once, approach and departure angles are great. I did however have my home made front skid plate (and all the Mopar skids) and I am glad I did as the plastic one would have been toast. I did remove the small wing bits of the front dam as well as the mud flaps.

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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

Dudes. Ok, Finally heading to Fraser Is in 2 days time. Very excited - 1st time the beast has been off road . Managed to get the Mopar underbody skid plates installed and getting the Murchison lift done tomorrow. Still undecided whether to take off the air dam. I'm inclined to leave it on but the thing that would annoy the bejesus out of me would be having to strap to to the roof the whole trip if it fell off. Because I have had the lift I think I will leave it on. Will give a report on my return on how it went.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

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Dudes. Ok, Finally heading to Fraser Is in 2 days time. Very excited - 1st time the beast has been off road . Managed to get the Mopar underbody skid plates installed and getting the Murchison lift done tomorrow. Still undecided whether to take off the air dam. I'm inclined to leave it on but the thing that would annoy the bejesus out of me would be having to strap to to the roof the whole trip if it fell off. Because I have had the lift I think I will leave it on. Will give a report on my return on how it went.
I'm heading off to Fraser for the 3rd time in my GC soon. We always do lot's of driving on the inland tracks when we go, so the vehicle gets a real workout. Have also done a couple of similar trips to Moreton. I've not taken the air dam off yet and do not intend to for my upcoming trip either...
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

OK. Have come back from Fraser. Had all the skid plates installed and the lift done. I left the front air dam on and had no problems. In some of the deeper ruts on softer drier sand I heard some flapping/rattling noises which I assume were those funny front mud guard thingo's. So overall the JGP performed really well - got through every inland track/soft sand without any problems.
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Nice work. Thanks for the update.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

With the air dam on I went over an unseen sand berm a bit too fast. The front dug in and suffered some damage to the air dam but shattered the air inlet duct behind it. The next time, with the air dam off, the front dug in again. The front lip of the plastic belly pan dug into the sand and ripped out the plugs. The belly pan folded back under the car pushing the wheel arch liners onto the wheels, very expensive. Moral of the story, dive slow (i.e. no fun) and get a lift kit or ORII in QL. The shocks easily top out in ORII so can't drive fast anyway. With QL, after stopping to take in the view, it's easy to hop back in the car and drive off forgetting to lift it.
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