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Removing 'Under Fairing' for easy oil changes?

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Hello all,
Bought my first Frontier a month ago after always having Toyota trucks.

I was looking under the front of the truck to see where the oil filter is and how access to the oil drain plug was.
I was shocked to find it hidden behind a plastic 'Under Fairing' with a tiny removable cover on it for 'access' to the oil filter. :surprise:

Well I decided to get a closer look and started by removing the fairing....
Voila! THERE IT IS! Easy Access ::grin::

I kept looking for a reason for the fairing other than to act as a splash guard for habitual off roaders.
OK I can understand that.
But I am always careful before just removing something that is in the way on something like this.

I kept looking at the bottom of the radiator and oil coolers....
And how Nissan went to the trouble of gluing a gray flexible 'curtain' that hangs down from the bottom of the coolers and apparently bottoms out on the 'Under Fairing'.
Presumably to direct the incoming air THRU the coolers and to not let any escape out below them.

Does this make any sense to anybody??? :nerd:

I have filled the 'gap' with a flexible 'plate'. And now the gray 'curtain' grounds out against my 'plate'.
It is certainly as effective a block as things were with the stock 'Under Fairing' in place.

Now, any mechanic has easy access to the oil filter etc. And I think I have maintained the integrity of the airflow thru the radiators. :angel:

I'd LOVE to hear any comments.
Perhaps I have made much to do about nothing???
Has anyone else removed the Under Fairing with no bad consequences???

Love my new truck. I think they ruined the 'New' Tacomas....
Nissan hasn't ruined the Frontier. YET! (Navarra) ::grin::
So I bought a nice NEW shiny 2017 Crew Cab Long Bed with the 4.0 engine
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I'd put it back on. It's there for a reason. The 4x4's get a metal shield, where us 4x2's get plastic. It helps somewhat with vehicle aerodynamics, it also helps keep water out of the alternator (do you drive in the rain?) as it's located near the bottom of the engine. I do my own oil changes and don't have a problem. The little access door is mainly to drain the oil from the filter. Reach in on the passenger side and remove it. It's not that difficult, after you do it at least once. No need to even ramp the truck.
Through the passenger side wheel well with the front wheels cranked hard right.
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