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Old 06-16-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Filling the gap between the Rugged Ridge front skid plate and factory bumper.

After installing my Rigged Ridge front skid plate I noticed that a large gap was left between the top of the skid and the factory bumper.
I didn't like this because not only is it catching big air on the highway, but it also lets water/mud/debris into that spot when it should be pushed forward ahead of the vehicle when wheeling.
(you can see the sway bar disconnect motor and the vacuum pump through this gap as well)


I took some measurements and sent in the dimensions to a local sheet metal shop, who charged me less than twenty dollars for a beautiful piece of steel that was supposed to be 1/8 inch thick, but measures out a little thicker!

I proceeded to set and drill my mounting holes, in this case one in the center up top for a 1/4-20 bolt and nylock nut and two in the front for self-tapping hardware.
The plate was then cleaned, primered and coated with a few layers of spray-on bed liner to give it the best protection and to give it the same finish as the skid plate.
Installation was a breeze, as I set up all my holes prior to coating the piece.

I'm very happy with the results!
It's using the skid and filler plates to replace the plastic air dam with a metal one capable of damming more than just air, albeit a slightly less aerodynamic one.



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Old 06-16-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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Nice job
Thanks!
It represents my first full DIY mod, and the last mod of this round of mods.
At this point I'm good with the Jeep until it comes time for tires or I find some belly pan skid plate money.

As it is I deem her ready for our vacation at the end of the week!
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:06 PM   #4
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Looks perfect! Good job!
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:37 PM   #5
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Cool

I did a little run up and down the highway to see if there was anything different to hear or feel in the way of noise or aerodynamic buffeting but wind noise from the rest of the vehicle is louder than than any noise up front would be, and my seat-of-the-pants sensors don't really detect a change in feel either.
It was the same way when I took the "-1 Air Dam of Limited Utility" off to be honest.
I don't expect to see any change in MPG at all.

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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After a significant amount of highway driving it would seem that my filler plate has garnered me 1MPG over the two I lost removing the air dam.
Now I'm in the 18s. I'll take it!

Gas usage has been surprisingly reasonable on the Blue Ridge Parkway this week, not to mention sub-3 dollar prices!!
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:04 PM   #7
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Good job !
wow there is really nothing out there for a factory bumper that looks good.

Just wondering if you thought of and decided against the mopar part?
I think it does all that for you doesn't it? (ie cover that gap) ?

Also, did you try at the time to cover or reinstall the plastic air dam with/over/under the rugged ridge piece?
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:24 PM   #8
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Nice mod!
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:17 PM   #9
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Seriously, 2 mpg drop from removing that air dam? Dang...I was talking myself up to rip it off but might re-consider now and just wait for it to get ripped off on it's own.
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Nice looks good!
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:37 PM   #11
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Looks good. Did you have to loosen the electric disco or the sway bar to install the skid plate? Or does it bolt only to the crossmember?

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