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Old January 23rd, 2006, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default Rubber flap under engine in XJ'S???

What useful purpose (if any) does this serve?? Does it really keep that much mud/dirt out of the engine compt.?? Mine's always falling down and unless there's some REAL significance to it, I'm going to rip it out. :stan3: I searched the forums but couldn't find a match so sorry if this is a ...just wondering if anyone has taken theirs out!!! Thanx for the input!!
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 04:34 PM   #2
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ive got the same thing in my yj, not sure what exactly it does, just kinda sits there, i guess it probably blocks water from splashing into the intake
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 04:38 PM   #3
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I removed mine years ago. The only problem I can see is that the alternator is at risk of being damaged from water and dirt because its so low. I guess you will have to lift your XJ higher to keep the elements away from it.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 05:46 PM   #4
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I removed mine years ago. The only problem I can see is that the alternator is at risk of being damaged from water and dirt because its so low. I guess you will have to lift your XJ higher to keep the elements away from it.
you have the right idea, I have ripped off hundreds over the years for what I do to jeeps, the splash shield as its called is to prevent undue crap & water getting in the belts and causing a premature failure of the belt drive and its componants, keep it clean and it stays running if you know what I mean.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 05:49 PM   #5
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I've noticed the same thing on my XJ too. It's still there but I haven't notice any problems with it. It's just there.
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Old January 24th, 2006, 08:18 AM   #6
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My XJ's lifted 3.5", so maybe that's enough to keep some stuff out, but has anyone ever expirienced any of these problems with it removed??
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My XJ's lifted 3.5", so maybe that's enough to keep some stuff out, but has anyone ever expirienced any of these problems with it removed??
Yes. After removing the rubber shield my belt squeals when I hit water puddles.
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Killer lookin' XJ, Frank!! Am I correct in assuming the squeal goes away after a second or two???
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Killer lookin' XJ, Frank!! Am I correct in assuming the squeal goes away after a second or two???
Thanks! And yes, the squeal goes away after a few seconds.
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