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JeepWranglerNation 05-19-2013 12:40 PM

Rock Guard Removal?.
 
I was wondering if its really easy for someone like myself (some what hindered) to remove the plastic rock guard from the front of the jeep wrangler?.. (located right under the front bumper)

I see it as an eye sore more then serving any purpose.. thoughts?.. worth removing?.

AndrewKlein 05-19-2013 12:45 PM

Not too hard, but factory fasteners probably destroyed in process. I replaced the front bumper twice and devised my own replacements out of nylon nuts, bolts, and washers.

tlminh 05-19-2013 12:46 PM

They can be difficult if you dont have a sharp screwdriver

The first one came off easy, the next one was stripped within 5 seconds. I took a drill to the rest of them. drilled straight through them and ripped off the plastic nut. Took 5 min for everything

legitposter 05-19-2013 12:56 PM

If you drive 45+, you'll have a noticeable drop in mpg after removing this ugly piece. Just consider the trade-off before proceeding, I guess.

jadmt 05-19-2013 01:00 PM

just give them a squirt of wd40 and they pop right out. I have had mine off and on several times and never had any issues with the plastic rivets getting ruined.

JeepWranglerNation 05-20-2013 09:11 AM

@legitposter: This is one issue/factor I need to concider.. Having done soem mods to the front end (wheel well area) I wasn't pleased with the down force/nose diving I was getting with a home made air dam system.. I'll have to reconcider leaving it on for now..

Barmanvarn 05-20-2013 09:27 AM

If we're talking about the air dam, the trick to removing the plastic pop rivets is to screw a screw a little bit into the top center of the rivit.

Then just pull on the screw and it will pop right out. No damage and reusable if needed b

jamjoy 05-20-2013 09:46 AM

i agree.Then just pull on the screw and it will pop right out. No damage and reusable if neededhttp://www.maxin.us/imax/images/14.gif

JeepWranglerNation 05-21-2013 10:10 AM

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.. Thou I'm more in the lines of watching our fuel consumption.. if removing this plastic gaurd increases our fuel cost.. then it's best that I leave it on..

Barmanvarn 05-21-2013 10:13 AM

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Originally Posted by OurJeepLife (Post 3777987)
Thanks for the comments and suggestions.. Thou I'm more in the lines of watching our fuel consumption.. if removing this plastic gaurd increases our fuel cost.. then it's best that I leave it on..

I noticed no decrease in mpg. Its probably negligible. If you got off roading its gonna get ripped off anyways.

Mody n Domy 05-21-2013 10:21 AM

I took mine off and put on the Currie tow plate and I'm getting 20 mpg don't think it makes much of a difference.

Tweak 05-21-2013 04:10 PM

take it on a minor trail and it will remove itself.

or back up in mud

Greg__Berger 05-21-2013 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tweak (Post 3778994)
take it on a minor trail and it will remove itself.

or back up in mud

No doubt! I managed to keep mine on through a couple of pretty intense days on the trail, but lost it on Saturday when I backup out of a mud hole that I was starting to drag the pumpkins in. It's still sitting in the back of the Jeep. I was debating putting it back on, but I think I might just toss it.


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