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Exclamation Proof of new inner fender design!

For all who have waited for an inner fender fix, I have great news! As some of you know, Bernd was the first to report the “Engine bay body rips”. Many, including myself have had the inner fender aprons replaced only to have them “rip” again. Others have been waiting for a “permanent fix”. I can tell you with certainty that a fix has been instituted on my new 2008 (build date 7/2008) FJ. See photos below. For those wanting to know if they have the new design do the following. Remove the plastic cover under the hood and on top of the fender. Compare to the photos below. If you have three layers of metal where indicated, you have the new design!








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Re: Proof of new inner fender design!

Looks like another giveaway is the bolt down inside the fender (next to the red arrow in the picture). I guess that holds the three pieces together?

I was also under the impression that the '08 models had something done differently than the '07s (but, could be wrong on that, or that certain VIN ranges were covered). You'd think after the initial reporting that Toyota started looking for design flaws, and they probably have since the first reports (although very quietly)...

Thanks for the post! Think I'll go look at mine...

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Nice examples Relic. I know I don't have it, but I know what to tell Toyota to do now if it ever happens to mine.
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Re: Proof of new inner fender design!

The guys at MAF found a fender bulge on the drivers side. No tear yet. Didn't even know it was there. Off the the dealership for who knows what.

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Re: Proof of new inner fender design!

That doesn't look like it's all that much stronger...


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That doesn't look like it's all that much stronger...
That's pretty much what I was thinking. I guess we'll see if just that little bit is all it's going to take to address the problem. I had mine documentd last time I was at the dealership getting my pulleys replaced. My passenger side fender is now misaligned with the hood at the top front corner almost like the fender is creeping backward. I'll have to take a drive to the dealership after my last run of the season and see what they're willing to do for me.

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Re: Proof of new inner fender design!

Thanks Relic. Rep points for you

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My passenger side fender is now misaligned with the hood at the top front corner almost like the fender is creeping backward.
My drivers side fender contacts the hood now and is putting a dent in the hood from vibration.

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My drivers side fender contacts the hood now and is putting a dent in the hood from vibration.
Have you been to the service department with it?

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That doesn't look like it's all that much stronger...
Its difficult to show all the changes that have been made without taking the outer fender off, but I can tell you that the difference is substantial! The inner fender is now boxed. And the reinforcement is almost twice as thick as the fender material (around 22mil). If you look at the left side of the pictures you will see that there is a significant difference. The reason for using the pictures I did was for people to check for themselves if they have the new inner fender design, not to show all the changes Toyota has made. I know that only time will make believers out of some, but I can tell you from my experience with racing and offroading that this is no Band-Aid fix.



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