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Old 09-14-2014, 03:21 AM
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

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Any way to make the front sensor fit better vs the boxy add on? It just looks prime to catch on anything and everything if you were to really need the max approach angle.
It would be a shame if those without the front sensor had their approach angle compromised to accommodate a sensor. I would like to see the sensor box as an optional add-on but designed to look more integrated with the rest.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:25 AM
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

Looking forward to seeing the new design. Upright air slots should look good I reckon, especially for those of us with no ACC camera.

I really want this product, for peace of mind off-road. Personally, the only time I had issues driving in sand so far was with the airdam fitted, (no QL) so it now comes with me in the boot, leaving the water bottle and lower rad exposed.

Don't want to buy a bullbar at this stage, and a lift kit seems a year off right now..

Congrats to you guys who afforded Overlands, you got all the best off-road fruit. That said, I love my Laredo, the basic essentials are there for 4x4 action, it just needs a little embellishing.



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Old 09-15-2014, 02:51 AM
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

Hey Guys,

My apologies for the lack of updates lately. I've hopped onto the forums several times to post these photos along with a product development update, but I always seem to get pulled away for some reason. Things have been very busy over here getting orders out and organising everything for our latest round of products.

I received and test fitted our 2nd prototype, (see photos) in late August. Our 2nd prototype provided many improvements over the 1st.

Mounting System - Increased strength, easier installation and improved fit-n-finish.
Cooling Slots - Significantly improved air flow, increased strength and IMO much better looking.
Installation - Much easier with increased in-out adjustment. Improved integration with our other products.
Camera Guard - Significantly increased approach angle and major strength increases.

All of our mounting holes line up perfectly and clearances around most parts look great. Initial in-the-field testing has been excellent. We've finalised the 3D models and engineering drawings for our 3rd prototype and it is currently being made. We're making the following improvements.

Main Section - Improved Angle for better fitment behind OEM air dam. Reduced weight.
Camera Guard - Reduced complexity to reduce manufacturing costs and weight.

For those without an ACC Camera there will be a flat centre plate in place of the Camera Guard, (see 3rd photo). Since our company WK2 has the ACC Camera, I don't have any photos of it installed, but I've included a photo of the part for those that are curious.

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WK2 Lower Front Guard - 2nd Prototype (front view)


WK2 Lower Front Guard - 2nd Prototype (3/4 view)


WK2 Lower Front Guard - 2nd Prototype (Non-Camera Guard)
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:57 AM
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

it's looking good! I am going to be purchasing the WK2 Sump Protection Plate, but shipping is pretty expensive to California, 185$. Any cheaper shipping options?

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WK2 Lower Front Guard - 2nd Prototype (3/4 view)

As Red Foo would say, "Whoohoo! That's what I'm talking about!"
Must, must have one of these by the 2015 Aussie Jeep Jambo, see https://www.facebook.com/JeepJamboree2015 . Plenty of time yet but these things can drag on.

Suggest you make liberal use of your bolt head protectors, more for looks than anything. Also, instead of the slots on the passenger side say, laser cut CHIEF in your corporate font. Just imagine the exposure you'll get by having your logo imprinted on dead roos across the countryside .
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Old 09-16-2014, 05:23 AM
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

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it's looking good! I am going to be purchasing the WK2 Sump Protection Plate, but shipping is pretty expensive to California, 185$. Any cheaper shipping options?

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Hey ccie-ar,

Unfortunately that is the best we can do on shipping to California at the moment. We're organising a warehouse near Long Beach, CA to reduce shipping costs for USA customers, but that is still at least 6 months away.

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Old 09-16-2014, 05:33 AM
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

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As Red Foo would say, "Whoohoo! That's what I'm talking about!"
Must, must have one of these by the 2015 Aussie Jeep Jambo, see https://www.facebook.com/JeepJamboree2015 . Plenty of time yet but these things can drag on.

Suggest you make liberal use of your bolt head protectors, more for looks than anything. Also, instead of the slots on the passenger side say, laser cut CHIEF in your corporate font. Just imagine the exposure you'll get by having your logo imprinted on dead roos across the countryside .
Hey Bob,

Thanks! We better be done by then! LOL!

We'll definitely be using the Bolt Head Protectors along the bottom edge, but we're having a run of black zinc bolts done for the front bolts, so they blend in.

We've talked about the best way to get our logo on there. We'll probably go with a logo plate similar to the one we used on the WK2 Sump Protection Plate... But I must admit, the idea of having our logo imprinted on dead roos across the countryside made us all chuckle.

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Hey Bob,

Thanks! We better be done by then! LOL!

We'll definitely be using the Bolt Head Protectors along the bottom edge, but we're having a run of black zinc bolts done for the front bolts, so they blend in.

We've talked about the best way to get our logo on there. We'll probably go with a logo plate similar to the one we used on the WK2 Sump Protection Plate... But I must admit, the idea of having our logo imprinted on dead roos across the countryside made us all chuckle.

Cheers,
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Actually I was serious, not about the roos but the logo. I'm thinking of what Uneek4x4 has done on their bash plates but an escutcheon plate will be fine too.
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

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Actually I was serious, not about the roos but the logo. I'm thinking of what Uneek4x4 has done on their bash plates but an escutcheon plate will be fine too.
Hey Bob,

You're always full of great suggestions. Thanks for that. For the branding we prefer to keep ours a little more subdued. We want it to be there if someone is curious, but not overly overt. We want the focus to be on the product and hopefully our great design.

I'd never heard the term escutcheon plate. I like that.

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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

Hi Bill, just looking at the 2nd prototype, and my WK2, side by side. Wondering if there could be any chance of a future add-on option to this guard, to come up and over the exposed foam section that this model has compared to the WK, which has the straight across bumper with the lower bumper removed, not a recessed one like the WK2.

I rather like the idea of doing away with the removable bumper section permanently, leaving just some bad-ass Chief products to face forward, and having the foam section exposed probably wouldn't work for this GC owner.

Cheers all, good weekend! 32 and sunny in Perth tomorrow, so time to get out there again!



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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

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It would be a shame if those without the front sensor had their approach angle compromised to accommodate a sensor. I would like to see the sensor box as an optional add-on but designed to look more integrated with the rest.
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Re: WK2 Lower Front Guard

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Hi Bill, just looking at the 2nd prototype, and my WK2, side by side. Wondering if there could be any chance of a future add-on option to this guard, to come up and over the exposed foam section that this model has compared to the WK, which has the straight across bumper with the lower bumper removed, not a recessed one like the WK2.

I rather like the idea of doing away with the removable bumper section permanently, leaving just some bad-ass Chief products to face forward, and having the foam section exposed probably wouldn't work for this GC owner.

Cheers all, good weekend! 32 and sunny in Perth tomorrow, so time to get out there again!



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Hey Simon,

The WK2 Lower Front Guard is designed to sit behind the lower front air dam, for WK2 owners that want to keep their lower front air dam on most of the time and only remove it for off-road. So I don't think we'll be creating an add-on for this product.

BUT...

We're currently developing something that is probably exactly what you're looking for. We're calling it the WK2 Pre-Runner and it will be a replacement for the lower front air dam. It will protect all of the same things our WK2 Lower Front Guard protects, only it will be designed to look great and stay on all the time.

I hope that helps!

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