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Old 03-07-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Removing the air dam? Warranty?

Will removing OR getting your air dam torn off while wheelin void any part of your warranty?

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Old 03-07-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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YES.

It will "void" the part of your warranty applicable to your factory air dam.

It's really that simple--whether with lifts or air dams--any modification (or destruction) will render the warranty inapplicable to the part modded (or destroyed). It will also render the warranty inapplicable to any damage caused by your modification (or destruction).

Seeing as how the air dam does nothing but, well, dam air, you're in good shape.

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Any proof that it protects spray from entering the engine area? Is this a real concern? I don't blast through any mud or water for that matter but what about normal rain, puddles and what ever happens to be on a moderate trail?
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It will stop some water from entering the engine bay area but not enough that it should be a problem. It will also help a bit to provide additional cooling but again, not enough for a problem. And, it may prevent hood "flutter" in some JK's. It provides no other protection. Since the front gets there first whatever you're doing I went with a Mopar skid plate. I feel better that the front end has more protection.
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Any proof that it protects spray from entering the engine area? Is this a real concern? I don't blast through any mud or water for that matter but what about normal rain, puddles and what ever happens to be on a moderate trail?
I have proof that it DOES NOT protect spray from entering the engine bay. These pictures are from when my Jeep was 2 weeks old and the air dam was in place. Despite attempts at powerwashing, my engine bay is forever stained with red clay.


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Hood flutter is probably the biggest concern. I definitely don't want to have trouble there. How many people has this happened too? Since the aerodynamics are changing a bit by not having it, will the MPG also suffer?
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You might lose 1/2 to 1 mpg. If you change to an aftermarket bumper you waon't have any choice or if you go through the Selma mud pit it will be taken off for you. You might notice some hood flutter, I did but that was easily solved with Daystar hood wranglers. If you compare the quality between the Daystars and the stock dogbones, you'll want to replace them regardless.
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Well we can argue all day about good/useless engineering feats, but

The air dam has several purposes and the main, was engine front protection from debris/contamination and

Recently a jeeper with an '07, (??) had his OIL FILTER damaged/leaked from something flying up and hitting the bottom and he had removed the air dam-

Seems to me the dealer told him to pound sand, because the air dam was removed-

So yes it will affect SOME WARRANTY, but so will everything alse we do to our jeeps-

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I ran my '07 without the air dam for a while after installing my base plate for RV towing. I got noticeably more hood flutter. I cut out slots in the air dam that would allow for re-installing the dam around the base plate and was much happier with the results. When I moved the base plate to the '11, I installed the air dam immediately. I believe that you do need either an aftermarket or the original air dam installed on a JK. JMHO.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:40 AM   #11
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Just a few points . . . .

I removed my air dam months ago and have never experienced hood flutter. For what it's worth, I did replace it a few weeks after removal with a (much smaller) skid plate from Elevated Offroad. I wasn't tracking gas mileage before, so I don't know whether I had a drop. That's not a warranty issue though.

Common sense dictates that the air dam provides some barrier to liquid and debris coming into your engine compartment. The pics Daggo posted would of course be beyond its capacity--that's like trying to stop a waterfall with a bucket. But for basic splishes and splashes, sure, it blocks a little. Regardless, the engine compartment should always be on your checklist for post-wheeling cleaning. I think earlier threads established that hosing off the engine is no problem so long as you just don't directly spray the electronics.

Jimbox's example is pretty text book. The warranty won't cover the modded part (the removed air dam) or damage caused by the modded part (the removed air dam), so that all makes perfect sense. However, it's also worth noting that the warranty wouldn't have covered the jeeper in the story anyway--he was offroad and "abusing" his Jeep. Trail damage ain't covered.

Finally, in my view, a JK looks a hell of a lot better without an air dam!
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Im sure it will void since its not there or its a not stock piece, but adding an aftermarket one look a lot better than the plastic factory one thats for sure.

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