Need information on panel between fender and bumper

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Please excuse my ignorance but I don't even know the name of the plastic piece I'm referring to, that attaches the fender and bumper. The Rubicon and higher end models don't have this piece, but my Sport S does and it's pretty obvious that you have to remove this if you get higher profile tires. My question is, when you remove this, how do you protect the fog lights and anything else under there that is covered by the back side of that panel?

Any information would be appreciated. I'm trying to learn this stuff as quickly as I can.





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Use a good razor knife and cut around it leaving a cover over fog lights. I cut a little too much on the driver’s side but it is still sealed up.

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I call them air dams or trim pieces. I used a dremel tool with a cut off wheel to trim my friend's on his JL and found it to be a little cleaner cut.
 
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Thanks guys, I'll get my blade out and start trimming. I have a dremel, so if I run into problems I can take the whole thing off and use that if I need to.
 

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It is called a Sport JT Closure Panel, you can replace it with a Rubicon stock bomber closure panel that does not have the air dam bit connection to the bumper. I tried ordering one, never got it, ended up getting a refund. I guess the Dremel tool is next.
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I just cut mine out with a saw, That kept everything enclosed and sealed. Then a few months later I ended up with a new bumper so I could run a winch so it really didn't matter anyway. Those things are hideous, and had to be removed almost instantly. I added 9" slim line lite bars right where they used to be and its much better.
 

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The closure panels DO make a difference for fuel economy, and fuel = money. So I left mine in place and only trimmed the lower air dam section just enough to clear my tires.

The tires hurt MPG too, but I didn't want a double whammy. :D
 
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The closure panels DO make a difference for fuel economy, and fuel = money. So I left mine in place and only trimmed the lower air dam section just enough to clear my tires.

The tires hurt MPG too, but I didn't want a double whammy. :D
I figured that it could affect gas mileage, but surely it couldn't be more than a mile or two per gallon, could it? I mean, the Rubicon doesn't have the closure panels, that's the way it comes from the factory.
 

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And it only really has an effect for freeway/highway driving where speeds are greater than 60mph. Most of my JT driving is either towing, going 50/55mph max or 45/50mph on our county rural roads. So the air dam is of little benefit to me.
My plan is to replace it with the new, one piece smaller steel front Mopar front bumper.
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I'm sure there is another thread here on this subject, but I've learned a lot because I couldn't find the other threads and I really had no idea what the piece was called to search....very informative.
 

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