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Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

Hello all, I live in North Dakota where we get alot of snow in the winter time. The dirfts and piles of snow become very hard when polished by high wind speeds. Long story short for 3 winters in a row I have broke the front air dam or spoiler just below the flood lights. My question is, are there any potential problems if I just remove it? Overheating ect.?

The part is cheap but the paint adds up. I was thinking of just puting a unpainted black one on but that might look bad. Anyway looking forward to reponses.
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:51 AM
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

take it off and get a skid plate. its just there to deflect the air from rolling up into the engine compartment. i took mine off last week and was going about 80 on the highway and noticed some drag without it on there. over heating i really dont see a problem.
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

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take it off and get a skid plate. its just there to deflect the air from rolling up into the engine compartment. i took mine off last week and was going about 80 on the highway and noticed some drag without it on there. over heating i really dont see a problem.
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your overland is probably equipped with a stock metal skid plate, I'd just remove the lower air dam until the snow melts. if you don't have a stock metal skid plate, you can buy one from justforjeeps and just remove the plastic dust shield that you probably have.
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

it is made to be removed for that very reason, you should take it off every winter
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

I've ran my Overland without the air dam all winter for the same reason and haven't run into any issues.
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

To reduce a little frontal area, I had mine chopped almost in half. I didn't want to completely remove it (although it's not a bad idea in the winter), and I ended up hitting a little snow bank which chipped some paint off the bumper and air dam. Ultimately I plan to put the SRT front bumper on it, which may prove to be more of a problem in the winter. Here's the before and after.
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

i took my air dam off my 07 limited months ago and like the look a lot more without it. If you have bad drifts, get a 4x4 guard skid plate down there, nice addition and looks sharp
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Re: Front Air dam on 2006 GJ overland

I run mine (5.7L) without the front air dam for entended periods in very hot conditions, under high loads too (soft sand) without any issues with temps.

I made a alloy skid plate to help the Jeep "slide" over deep ruts, as without it, the crossmember really digs in hard and you lose momentum.
It's easily done, 10 minutes bending and drilling the 5mm alloy, attached using all original bolt holes, and it's unnoticable when the air dam is back on.

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