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post #16 of 27 Old 05-02-2013, 09:23 PM
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Where did you find that skid plate and how much is it?

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post #18 of 27 Old 05-03-2013, 09:28 AM
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I took mine off while in the middle of the bumper install that I could not finish all at once. So, I drove without it for a couple of weeks and hood would flutter bad enough that it would hit the stop with a clunk.

After intalling a stubby, it was better but would still dance around enough to make my wife squirm. It would also 'feel' like it was catching enough wind that it would slow down the Jeep.

I replaced the rubber hood straps with a pair of Daystar ones and that sucker is solid as a rock now.

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Aside from the hood wobble, it adds about 1 extra mpg to your fuel economy. I know this because I took mine off, drove for about 2 weeks with it off, saw the mpg drop, put it back on, saw the mpg go back up.
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post #20 of 27 Old 05-03-2013, 09:44 AM
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post #21 of 27 Old 05-03-2013, 11:00 AM
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If you put that mopar skid plate on does it do the same thing as the air dam so it would add protection and be used as a replacement to the air dam?
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post #22 of 27 Old 05-03-2013, 12:06 PM
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I tossed mine in the garbage
Same here!

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The air dam helps keep the hood from fluttering
Could be. I did this:


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it adds about 1 extra mpg to your fuel economy
This is true. Still didn't put it back on.

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post #23 of 27 Old 05-04-2013, 05:17 AM
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Took that piece of crap off with less than 1k on the odometer

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post #24 of 27 Old 05-04-2013, 06:35 PM
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I had hood flutter the first day I own my JK, with that piece of plastic on. This was on the drive home from the stealership. A big gust of wind made the hood jump pretty good. The next day I went to OK4WD, and got the Daystar straps. I took off the air dam, and installed the straps. Never looked back.
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post #25 of 27 Old 05-04-2013, 06:45 PM
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Mine is still in the garage if anyone wants it.

I am trying to find a good skid that will protect mine. The rampage products bumper doesn't have a counterpart for the stubby I have.
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post #26 of 27 Old 05-06-2013, 09:27 AM
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Another thing the air dam does is lower the pressure in the engine bay, which promotes air flow through the radiator.

I removed the plastic air dam, and installed a steel skid plate.
In the second picture, you can see how it protects the e-disco.
Did you have to cut anything to instal that and how much does it weigh
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post #27 of 27 Old 05-06-2013, 09:37 AM
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Did you have to cut anything to instal that and how much does it weigh
Didn't have to cut anything. I think the weight was around 20 lbs.
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