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Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

I have a MY14 Laredo and the manual recommends removing the front air dam prior to going off-road. Plan on doing a trip to Fraser Island soon and was wondering if people are removing or keeping it on?
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:12 AM
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

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Haven't been to Fraser island but I'm not sure if I would agree with off.

Some had them off, others didn't at Stockton. Photos should identify them.

Don't recall anyone having it on having any issues at Stockton and one who had removed it suffered damage as it exposed other areas.
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Haven't been to Fraser island but I'm not sure if I would agree with off.

Some had them off, others didn't at Stockton. Photos should identify them.

Don't recall anyone having it on having any issues at Stockton and one who had removed it suffered damage as it exposed other areas.
Thanks mm. Would be interesting to hear other's experiences with vs without.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

Off. Give yourself as much clearance as possible. Better to look a little exposed than to rip the airdam to shreds.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

I've been to Fraser 3 times a week at a time and never took it off. On the last trip I suffered damage to the air inlet baffle. Front skid plate for WK2? a $60 part. I only broke it because I got distracted and hit a hidden bump. I'd much prefer to break that than something expensive. If you are careful and don't race around like the tv ads, my advice would be to leave it on. Ps I have qlift and normally cruise around in OR1.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

I've done a couple of trips to Fraser and a couple to Moreton in my GC without removing the air dam. I cracked the piece shown here: Front skid plate for WK2? and also dislodged the ACC sensor.

However I sustained the damage on the first day of arriving on Fraser, and in retrospect I was just driving way too aggressively. I also have quadra lift and used either ORI and ORII.

It looks like it's a pain in the arse to remove the air dam...
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

Thanks you'll for your replies. Seems like the best scenario is to install under body skid plates and the Chief skid plate when it comes out and to take the front air dam off.
I have removed the front air dam a couple of times on the MY14 model and is fairly quick once you know where the 7 x plastic plugs are.

Has anyone installed the Mopar skid plates (x 3) on the new MY14 model? Wondering whether I could get away just with a Chief Sump Protection plate.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

I was one of the guys at Stockton leaving the air dam on. I dont have QL either. I have though removed the little wing things that sit in front of the tyres, to give some extra clearance. In numerous trips off road (rocky, difficult trails) and on sand, i have not had an issue with the air dam. Scraped it a few times for sure, but driving with some care I have not had any damage.

I think taking it off exposes too much stuff that i dont want exposed.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

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It looks like it's a pain in the arse to remove the air dam...
Brett, if you do it once, it's actually really easy.
Took me 40mins to figure it out the first time, but now I know how to do it, it takes less than 10mins.

Tip: much easier having two people putting it back on. The clips are a little tricky to align if just yourself.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

Also, I noticed when going through the really soft stuff, the two front bottom scoops were dragging.
I've since taken them off permanently and it's helped a lot.
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Re: Removing Front Air Dam For Off-road

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Also, I noticed when going through the really soft stuff, the two front bottom scoops were dragging.
I've since taken them off permanently and it's helped a lot.
That is a good idea - I think I will take them off too.
Not the air dam though - I am comfortable leaving it on for my off road adventures (looks pretty crap with it off too!)
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