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Well I don't expect our critique to make much sense because we all own at least one and are kind of like a cult of sorts, and quite biased. Normal people may not "get" the FJ and that's fine with me. Oh, TexasFJ, I kind of agree with you about the shifter, except it always reminded me of an early LED flashlight. I think the reviewer doesn't really understand the basis of the original 40, and his lack of correct history shows this. Grain of salt taken. :bandit:
So now I have to change my shifter knob to an actual LED flashlight head. :grin
 

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Except that with the covers in place, the moisture that is causing the current rust will be trapped, and further accelerate the rate of corrosion.

Somehow, those rusted latches are being exposed to moisture, or were exposed to salt or some other corrosion-inducing chemical:
- Cruising along the water's edge at the beach, or driving through deep brackish water?
- Kids hopping in back while dripping with salt water from the beach?
- Exposed to road salt during the winter?
- Kids spilled soda or lemonade on the floor?
- Driving on dirt roads near Ouray during the Summit, right after they were sprayed with magnesium chloride solution to hold dust down? I was horrified to see that some of the dirt roads around the B&B we stayed at in Ridgeway were HEAVILY sprayed with mag chloride every morning for several days in a row. Couldn't help but drive through the corrosive slush to get to the Summit meeting points, and they didn't put up the orange MAG CHLORIDE signs until later in the day.

I'd take the latches off, clean them thoroughly with hot water and detergent, coat them with some renewable corrosion inhibitor (LPS-3, Boeshield T9, etc.) and then try to find out how they are getting wet.
 

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I'd take the latches off, clean them thoroughly with hot water and detergent, coat them with some renewable corrosion inhibitor (LPS-3, Boeshield T9, etc.) and then try to find out how they are getting wet.
No mystery here in Minnesota, it's road salt.
 

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x2 Just take them off, sand blast and paint (silver if you like, or black, or whatever). Use some anti-seize on the threads during re-assembly to avoid them rusting and use a torque wrench to avoid over-torquing them. When I use anti-seize I reduce torque -40% to compensate for the lubrication to avoid over torquing.

Those floor mounted strikers get wet every time you get in/out in the winter, and as Serenity pointed out, road salt makes anything that is zinc chromate plated rust in short order, if it is exposed to it often enough.

That rust is only cosmetic unless it is left untreated for a very, very long time.
 

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Only problem I have with the windshield so far away is it's hard to hit the mute switch on my Escort Radar Detector I solve that with an install of the remote mute switch on the center console - just glued on one of the blank buttons.
 

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He gave it a 5 out of 10 for STYLING?

He lost me there!!!!
Meh, stying is subjective, and let's face it the FJ is a love it or hate it design stylistically.

Where he lost me is 5 for "quality". What is his criteria for that??
 
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