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#1 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 06:22 PM
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Body work suggestions / band aid fix

So I managed to acquire some trail damage yesterday, fair amount of pin striping plus some decent sized dents in the rear 1/4 panel. I'm not too upset about it, stuff happens. Which is kind of funny since I don't even have 2500 miles on my 2012 yet, but oh well. MOST of the pin striping can be buffed out from the looks of it, however some of it is a bit gnarly and would require a repaint it looks like. Not a big deal, I've been thinking about having the roof painted / line-xing the entire rig anyways. The dents however are another issue. They looked like they MIGHT be able to be popped out from the inside for the most part, but I haven't looked at it yet.

I was also thinking that I MIGHT be able to cover them up with bushwhacker fender flares.

The dents are mostly at or below the level of the door handle, is that area even possible to push out from the inside / will the bushwhacker fender flares cover it up?





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I'm not in a terrible rush to get it fixed. I'm certainly don't think an insurance claim would be worth something like this which isn't really major.

Sure it's my daily driver, sure I'd like to have it be 100% spotless. But lets be honest, it's a truck / It will be taken off road, being free of scratches / dents isn't very possible.

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Looks like you love her, in my opinion.

BWs would conceal, to some degree.

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Re: Body work suggestions / band aid fix

If it looks like this at 2,500 Miles then what's the point of fixing this? imagine when you have 25,000 miles on it
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Hey, what can I say, I showed some people what I bone stock FJ was capable of. At the end of the day, a lot of the jeep guys were surprised with what it could do, some even asked why I would beat the crap out of a brand new truck like that. Why not?

All the 1/4 panel damage happened when I got angry at a rock and went into "No guts, no glory" mode. Made it up the rock and into the tree that was on the side of the trail. D'oh!
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Re: Body work suggestions / band aid fix

both of my rear 1/4 panels are dented. i went and got a quote to fix them, just to see how much it would be, and it was in the 3K range. needless to say the dents are still there and they are staying.

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Re: Body work suggestions / band aid fix

Yeah, if it wasn't so flipping cold outside, I would take the rear apart and see if those dents are even accessible from the inside / try the plunger trick on it.

I'm really curious how much it would cost to get the entire thing line-x'd.
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Yeah, if it wasn't so flipping cold outside, I would take the rear apart and see if those dents are even accessible from the inside / try the plunger trick on it.

I'm really curious how much it would cost to get the entire thing line-x'd.
Pull the side interior plastic off and you'll be able to knock them out from the inside. If you are going to wheel that hard I would wait for paint work after you have more trail "badges".

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Pull the side interior plastic off and you'll be able to knock them out from the inside. If you are going to wheel that hard I would wait for paint work after you have more trail "badges".
I agree, I pulled mine in order to bang out some of the dents. The hard part is working the sheet metal as it is extreemly thin. You will only get so far with a hammer and dolly. When I did the final body work on my FJC prior to re paint the hood and driver's side front fender were the only two panels with no damage.

If you continue to wheel it like you already have you will have lots of practice doing body work. When I did the doors I ended up putting floral foam inside just so the outer skin did not flex while sanding. This is why most body shops replace the entire panel these days, working sheet metal as thin as it is , is about impossible.

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Pound out dent from inside, fill dents with body filler then buy primer and color coat in rattle cans. Color sand and blend. Should come out decent enough
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Sad part is I got this wheeling rather conservatively on the EASY trails at this park. It's one of the more difficult parks around. Still made it to the top though!
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