Haven't actually removed the facia yet but there are twist screws which you turn CCW. May need to use plyers if your fingers aren't strong enough. Please reply when you figure it out. Don't have my KL yet and didn't want to break a dealer's vehicle.
that is correct, the OP is talking about getting additional clearances by removing the lower fascia, they did this in one of the test videos. It isnt something Jeep built into it thinking people would be doing it a lot, its doable but not just a pop it off type of thing.
Does the presence or absence of the fascia have any significant affect on fuel economy, aerodynamics or engine cooling at highway speeds?
My main reason for removing it is just to keep it from getting broken.
Is there anything that can be installed in its place to protect the exposed underside? Was considering bull bars but they don't seem to be available yet.
Don't take this the wrong way but how can anyone possibly know???
Impact on fuel economy? Doubt it. It's a 4x4 with a v6. I suppose if you want to jangle over a 1/2 mpg it might. But those two hooks probably aren't very aerodynamic either. And bull bars certainly wouldn't be
Anything to put in It's place??? No. I haven't seen anything listed from MOPAR to replace the 21" section of the lower front bumper that you can remove to increase the approach angle of the offroad minded version of the cherokee....