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Yeah, for some reason they aren't working, you can look here:

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Old 11-11-2013, 09:23 PM
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Re: WK2 Sump Protection Plate

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Photos in the op is not loading for me.
Sorry the photos are working. I'm not sure why that would be happening. What is the 'op'?

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Re: WK2 Sump Protection Plate

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Sorry the photos are working rking. I'm not sure why that would be happening. What is the 'op'?

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OP = Original Post.

I couldn't see the images in it yesterday either.

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Re: WK2 Sump Protection Plate

Here's a repost (with all the photos) of the original post. I'm not sure what happened. I contacted the forum admin and when they finally got back to me, they told me old posts can't be edited, best to just repost.

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I've created this thread to provide updates and gather feedback on the development of Chief Products 'Sump Protection Plate'.

As many of you probably know, WK2s only have a plastic (2011-2012) or plastic/felt (2013+) unit protecting the front underside of the vehicle. Sadly, Jeep & Mopar currently offer no skid plate protection for this area.

For many, this is one of the first parts you break off-road. It protects a critical area (see photos below) as well as holding the inner wheel well liners in place. Considering the dealer in Brisbane charged me $388.04 for a new unit, plus $4.56 for fasteners, plus GST, plus installation to replace the plastic unit when it broke off-road. I thought it might be a good idea to create a more sturdy version.

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STOCK VERSION (INSTALLED)


STOCK VERSION (BROKEN)


WHAT IT PROTECTS


WHAT IT PROTECTS 2


CHIEF PRODUCTS - PROTOTYPE V1 (INSTALLED - FRONT AIR DAM REMOVED)


CHIEF PRODUCTS - PROTOTYPE V1 (INSTALLED)


CHIEF PRODUCTS - PROTOTYPE V1 (OFF-ROAD TESTING)
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Re: WK2 Sump Protection Plate

On Friday I received the final prototype for Chief Products WK2 Sump Protection Plate. It's not painted, our logo plate isn't attached yet and the bolt head protectors haven't been installed, but I thought everyone might like to see it anyway.

They're set to go into full production right after the holidays.

I'm also happy to announce, Chief products website is 99% complete and will launch after the holidays.

The team at Chief Products is very excited to get these first products out the door and onto everyone's WK2. We've got a lot of other great products in development for 2014.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!

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These photos show our Standard edition, made with 3mm 350 grade steel. We're also releasing a Deluxe edition made out of 5mm steel for anyone wanting that extra protection.

*NOTE - When fully installed, the wheel well liners will be attached to the WK2 Sump Protection Plate. They are not attached in these photos. Bolt head protectors will be included, but are not shown. Installation uses factory bolt holes and does not require any drilling or modifications to the chassis.

Final Prototype - WK2 Sump Protection Plate


Final Prototype Installed - WK2 Sump Protection Plate


Final Prototypes Installed - WK2 Sump Protection Plate & WK2 Recovery Point (Passenger Side & Driver Side)


* If you're interested in our WK2 Recovery Hook & WK2 Recovery Point, check out this thread for more info.
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Re: WK2 Sump Protection Plate

Thanks for all the great pictures and updates ,, Looks like a great design ,, I hope you guys can come up with some other protection plates,
like for the fuel tanks and trans,, keep up the great work and let us know when the web page is complete
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If the liners are attached to the protection plate, have you tried driving the GC at highway speeds without ripping off the liners or is that still something we should avoid.

Removing the front air dam when you get to the trail is such a hassle. When you do remove it, you'd need extra space to store it.
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If the liners are attached to the protection plate, have you tried driving the GC at highway speeds without ripping off the liners or is that still something we should avoid.
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Removing the front air dam when you get to the trail is such a hassle. When you do remove it, you'd need extra space to store it.
I would leave the air dam at home. However, I have my doubts about taking it off at all. The only benefit of removing it is an increased approach angle. I've left the air dam on resulting in damage to the air dam and shattering of the air inlet duct. I've taken the air dam off and promptly ripped out the plastic belly pan and ruined the wheel arch liners. The latter was the most expensive. Hopefully this protection plate will help make the WK2 a little more off-road worthy.
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See how much better they look shiny! Could we please have them in chrome as well as powder coated?
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Looking forward to ordering this!! Keep us posted!!
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See how much better they look shiny! Could we please have them in chrome as well as powder coated?
Sorry, I meant the recovery hooks/lugs, not the bash plate.
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Re: WK2 Sump Protection Plate

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If the liners are attached to the protection plate, have you tried driving the GC at highway speeds without ripping off the liners or is that still something we should avoid.

Removing the front air dam when you get to the trail is such a hassle. When you do remove it, you'd need extra space to store it.
We've definitely driven at highway speeds with the WK2 Sump Protection Plate fully installed. No need to worry about ripping of the wheel well liners, or having them blow back into your tires. They are held in place by the protection plate, (similar to how they're held in place by the OEM Belly Pan).

I agree that removing the front air dam can be a hassle, but we can say from experience that it's definitely a good idea to remove it when going off-road. Not just for increased approach angle, but if it catches on something off-road it quickly tears and breaks all of the attachment tabs on the air dam, air inlet duct and bumper. We usually remove ours before we leave home, or if we're out camping we pop it in our tent for the day.

We always remove ours off-road, but I must admit I'm always a bit disappointed with how the WK2 looks with the front air dam removed. I always get people asking me if my bumper fell off or if something is broken.

I hope that helps!

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