Air Dam trouble - JeepForum.com
Search  
Sign Up   Today's Posts
User: Pass: Remember?
Advertise Here
Jeep Home Jeep Forum Jeep Classifieds Jeep Registry JeepSpace Jeep Reviews Jeep Gallery Jeep Clubs Jeep Groups Jeep Videos Jeep Events Jeep Articles
Go Back JeepForum.com > Models > Jeep Wrangler Forums > JK Wrangler Technical Forum > Air Dam trouble

Introducing the CUPHOLSTER @ OCONEE OFF ROAD 706 534 9955Thanksgiving holiday sale in effect @ oconeeoffroad.comBlack Friday- Cyber Monday Deals at jeepHut

Reply
Unread 06-05-2010, 09:04 AM   #1
Dronac
Registered User
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 775
Air Dam trouble

I'v read a few threads on removing the Air Dam, but most of the advice consisted of A) driving in reverse through a stream or B) Literally tearing it off. I don't have any standing water around here to drive through, and I don't want to mangle the thing getting it off in case I decide to put it back on.

I'm willing to trash the screws because I can just get some at auto zone, but for the life of me I can't get them off. I'v tried prying it with a flathead screwdriver and even the pry bar end of a hammer with no lock. Is there a trick to getting these god forsaken screws out?

Dronac is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-05-2010, 09:36 AM   #2
TheShift
Registered User
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Great Lakes
Posts: 293
Brute force.

But if you want to save the integrity of the piece... i just got a flat head underneath it and used a pair of vice grips to tug the plastic screw and clip out..
and yes the screws got mangled lulz...
TheShift is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-05-2010, 10:20 AM   #3
Dronac
Registered User
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 775
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheShift View Post
Brute force.

But if you want to save the integrity of the piece... i just got a flat head underneath it and used a pair of vice grips to tug the plastic screw and clip out..
and yes the screws got mangled lulz...
Well, I managed to get them out by using the pry end of a hammer. That type of screw should be banned as cruel and unusual punishment.
Dronac is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-05-2010, 10:44 AM   #4
Charles
Registered User
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 3,697
You could have also drilled them out.
Charles is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-05-2010, 01:48 PM   #5
fan45acp
Registered User
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 307
One word....VISEGRIPS..............
fan45acp is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-05-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
DANJEEPO8
Registered User
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: YORK, PA
Posts: 358
Quote:
Originally Posted by cbloyer81 View Post
You could have also drilled them out.
That's what i did. Easy.
__________________
DANJEEP08
DANJEEPO8 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-05-2010, 02:05 PM   #7
nwbronco
Registered User
2014 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Olympia, Washington
Posts: 1,244
I've run across these screw types before. My 86 Bronco has them all over holding interior panels up. A flat tip screwdriver under the sleeve shoulder and then a phillips to remove it. Piece of cake...
nwbronco is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 01:54 PM   #8
LIMETIME
Registered User
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Saint Augustine, FL
Posts: 147
If your tires are rubbing, just trim them... unless you enjoy losing another 2-3 MPG on the highway (allegedly).
__________________
2010 Surf Blue - Beach Duty
LIMETIME is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 02:32 PM   #9
fan45acp
Registered User
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 307
Quote:
Originally Posted by LIMETIME View Post
If your tires are rubbing, just trim them... unless you enjoy losing another 2-3 MPG on the highway (allegedly).
So those butt-ugly things improve gas mileage???? Really....
fan45acp is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 02:38 PM   #10
DANJEEPO8
Registered User
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: YORK, PA
Posts: 358
Quote:
Originally Posted by fan45acp View Post
So those butt-ugly things improve gas mileage???? Really....
HIGHLY doubt it.
__________________
DANJEEP08
DANJEEPO8 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 02:41 PM   #11
LIMETIME
Registered User
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Saint Augustine, FL
Posts: 147
There's been great debate on a few forums, without a clear cut answer.
__________________
2010 Surf Blue - Beach Duty
LIMETIME is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 03:43 PM   #12
skyjump136
Registered User
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by fan45acp View Post
So those butt-ugly things improve gas mileage???? Really....
No, not really. Pulling that piece of crap off the Jeep was one of the first things I did. No difference.
skyjump136 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 04:27 PM   #13
MacK
Web Wheeler
 
MacK's Avatar
2010 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Dagsboro, Delaware
Posts: 3,079
Yea I removed mine a long time ago. I lost no gas mileage.
__________________
I don't want your d**n lemons! What the hell are these?! Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! WITH THE LEMONS! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!

Mango Tango 2010 JK Wrangler Rubicon
Silver 2000 TJ Wrangler Sport
---
Quote:
The 2008 Jeep Wrangler is not so much an SUV as it is an experience. It's slow and loud, handles poorly, has crummy interior materials and features doors that provide virtually no crash protection. But when it comes to off-road performance, the Wrangler is simply the best choice available.
MacK is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 05:30 PM   #14
Dronac
Registered User
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 775
I did some tests today. According to the OBDII readout (which usually reads 1mpg over what I really get), there is no difference before/after. I still get 21-22 MPG with cruise control at 55-60mph
Dronac is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Unread 06-06-2010, 06:01 PM   #15
JIMBOX
Web Wheeler
2008 JK Wrangler 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NORCAL/NORNV
Posts: 5,092
I left mine on, because it helps protect the swaybar e-disconnect, helps cut down the hood flutter and keep crap from flying into the front of the engine/oilfilter/aux cooler/xmission temp gauge hookup-





JIMBO
__________________
Yellow Jeep No. 683
http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/m...10-snow027.jpg
--YA GOTTA HAVE CLASS--
JIMBOX is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.
Note: All free e-mails have been banned due to mis-use. (Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc.)
Don't have a non-free e-mail address? Click here for a solution: Manual Account Creation
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Thread Tools


Suggested Threads





Jeep, Wrangler, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and other models are copyrighted and trademarked to Jeep/Chrysler Corporation. JeepForum.com is not in any way associated with Jeep or the Chrysler Corp.