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Old 03-09-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Noob question 2008 jk

How do you get the plastic screw/clips out of the air dam?

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Speaking from experience, try parking it in some deep mud then getting towed out backwards.

For me this was enough to break nearly all the puny fasteners holding on the air dam, requiring the ghetto use of cable ties.

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The proper method is to gently pry upward with a flat head screwdriver as you unscrew them. They will lift out cleanly.


After you have unsuccessfully done that for 20 minutes, grab a pair of vice grips and pull the little effer's out. When you tear part of the air dam, look at it in disgust and satisfaction that you didn't want it anyway.

Remove the top frame cover piece quickly and easily using the same method. Then curse like a drunken sailer when you read the installation instructions for your new bumper and it says to replace that cover using the stock fasteners. Then buy new ones from the dealer for about $8 each.
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The proper method is to gently pry upward with a flat head screwdriver as you unscrew them. They will lift out cleanly.


After you have unsuccessfully done that for 20 minutes, grab a pair of vice grips and pull the little effer's out. When you tear part of the air dam, look at it in disgust and satisfaction that you didn't want it anyway.

Remove the top frame cover piece quickly and easily using the same method. Then curse like a drunken sailer when you read the installation instructions for your new bumper and it says to replace that cover using the stock fasteners. Then buy new ones from the dealer for about $8 each.
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The proper method is to gently pry upward with a flat head screwdriver as you unscrew them. They will lift out cleanly.

After you have unsuccessfully done that for 20 minutes, grab a pair of vice grips and pull the little effer's out. When you tear part of the air dam, look at it in disgust and satisfaction that you didn't want it anyway.
Exactly my experience. Right down to the vice grips. Same thing.
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Speaking from experience, try parking it in some deep mud then getting towed out backwards.

For me this was enough to break nearly all the puny fasteners holding on the air dam, requiring the ghetto use of cable ties.
Lol... I often wonder if MacGyver was from the Ghetto.
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Ok

This is what I'm getting from the replies.

Step 1
Go to store and buy six pack

Step 2
Open first beer
Get video camera out and setup on floor pointing at air dam.

Step 3
Open Second beer
Pull, tug and yank on fasteners until you break bend deform them until removal.

Step 4
Open Third beer
Watch video of you looking like a chimp trying to remove fasteners

Step 5
Open fourth beer
Call a friend over to screen your new YOUTUBES video.

Step 5
Open 5th and 6th beer when friend arrives. Preview video and laugh like 12 years olds.

Step 6
Repeat if necessary
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Yep, that's it.

You could also add a Step 7 (Optional): Add much cooler front skid plate. Here's mine: (http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/whe...ml#post1081835)

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