Re: Fender bulge news
I had a bulge forming a couple years ago.
Background: Most auto makers place high tensile steel on the inside body panels, the FJ switched that around and put the high tensile steel on the outside, leaving inner aprons weak.
I cut out the area that was bulging and replaced it with high tensile steel, then plated the area while tying the new reinforcement plate into the hood lift plate. The front aprons we have are C-pillar design, not a boxed design like on older Toyotas. So I ran high tensile 3/16" steel from the crowel to the grill, leaving a weak spot toward the front should I have just moved the stress to another place. Well, I guess 20 years of 4x4 building payed off, because after 3 more Rubicon runs, dune jumping and general rough road driving. I still have had no additional bulges or splits, anywhere on the truck.
2007 FJ. URD UCON-EMS, TC Long Travel Front, MT Long Travel Rear, Tummy Tuck w/ SS Skids, Chopped, Front/Rear Locked w/ 4.10, ARB Front Bumper, Modified Exped One Rear Bumper, All Pro Sliders, Secondary Bumps, Inner Fender Aprons Boxed, Full Line-X
Tellico, Rubicon, Moab, Dusy-Ershim, Death Valley, Colorado, Baja