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The FJ comes back from the shop today - no more torn fenders!! :clap::clap:
And just in time because I am REALLY sick of driving the Jeep! For anyone that saw my other post where I was thinking about going back to a jeep after being frustrated with the fender issue................YOU WERE RIGHT, I can't go back to a small, cramped, loud, rough, uncomfortable jeep anymore. The FJ has spoiled me and I can't wait to get her back. :cheers:
 

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I have not seen the inner fenders yet, and many on here are probably well aware of the changes, but it sounds like a much beefier boxed construction this time. I will post pics.
 

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LOL My son in law talked all kinds of trash about Jeep being better than the Fj, Untill he test drove a new XJ.
Please post pics! Mine havent self distructed yet but I would like to see the new ones installed and the over all finished work done
 

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I agree with the other about wanting to see these new inner fenders AND I was wondering if you could share the chain of events that led up to this? I just remember you were frutrated with Toyota's lack of action before. Did they handle it? Did the dealership take it upon themselves to fix your FJ? Did you go to a 3rd party? Just curious... :cheers:
 

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Don't worry, pics will come. Yeah, I am pretty curious about the whole deal and how different the new inner fenders are. The body shop that is doing the repair offers a lifetime warranty on their work. This makes me change my original idea a little. I was originally going to leave the body shop and head straight to a fab guy I know to add some bracing to the frame and minimize the flex. Now I think I will just go with these new fenders and see what happens. If they rip again, I will have the body shop fix them and THEN have the frame beefed up.
That is my current thinking anyway.
 

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SWITAWI - no Toyota help. Turned into my insurance company and off to the body shop for repairs.
 

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The FJ comes back from the shop today - no more torn fenders!! :clap::clap:
And just in time because I am REALLY sick of driving the Jeep! For anyone that saw my other post where I was thinking about going back to a jeep after being frustrated with the fender issue................YOU WERE RIGHT, I can't go back to a small, cramped, loud, rough, uncomfortable jeep anymore. The FJ has spoiled me and I can't wait to get her back. :cheers:
Told ya so. My tranny is already going on my Wrangler with 33K on the clock.
 

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LOL My son in law talked all kinds of trash about Jeep being better than the Fj, Untill he test drove a new XJ.
Please post pics! Mine havent self distructed yet but I would like to see the new ones installed and the over all finished work done
XJ = Jeep Cherokee which stopped production almost 10 years ago.
 

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XJ = Jeep Cherokee which stopped production almost 10 years ago.
LOL I dont track Jeeps!! XJ, CJ BJ... ITS ALL JUNK TO ME!! I Just went Off wht he and the Daughter Said they Drove.. gavem the down $ for a 2011 Dodge truck with a Hemi.. Still a chrysler but atleast not a Jeep!:lol:
 

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LOL I dont track Jeeps!! XJ, CJ BJ... ITS ALL JUNK TO ME!! I Just went Off wht he and the Daughter Said they Drove.. gavem the down $ for a 2011 Dodge truck with a Hemi.. Still a chrysler but atleast not a Jeep!:lol:
And a BJ is a diesel powered 40 series Land Cruiser (ala BJ40) ;) (some time later Toyota changed the diesel designation from a B to an H, for a different design of engine)

Starting with the mid70s for Jeep, there was
CJ-5 (and extended wheel base CJ-6)
CJ-7 (and extended wheelbase CJ-8 aka the Scrambler)
The YJ came out in 87-95 (And name changed to Wrangler and had a roll bar change in 93)
Model year 96 was skipped
97 introduced the TJ (long wheel base version came out circa 2004-2005)
2007 introduced the newest model, the JK and the JK unlimited (4-door)
 

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TO be Honest I havent even seen a jeep Up close in Like 6 years... I drive a 2.8D Hilux 90% of the TIme and My FJ 3 weeks out of the Year when on R&R....I work on vehicles most have never even heard of...I didnt know I was being tested on Jeep KNowledge or I might have Studied...:lol:
 

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TO be Honest I havent even seen a jeep Up close in Like 6 years... I drive a 2.8D Hilux 90% of the TIme and My FJ 3 weeks out of the Year when on R&R....I work on vehicles most have never even heard of...I didnt know I was being tested on Jeep KNowledge or I might have Studied...:lol:
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So Lenny, did you get an idea of the cost for the inner fender replacement? I am personally of the belief that the frame needs stiffening.

Anyone tried feeding the FJ Viagra?
 

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Is it a frame Issue? Or the design of the Inner fender itself+ body Mount design Location
I know the Inners are redisgned But did they add Frame Support to make it more riggid?
After Looking at pics and then looking at the design of the inners when I installed my snorkle... I think it lies it the waffer thin, un-supported Metal of the inner fender!
COuld Be wrong....Just saying
 

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You guys are making me crazy with these fenders, I check the wifeys like 3x a week! :lol:
 

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I’ve posted on this inner fender issue so many times that I lost count. Bottom line, I’ve owned two FJ’s. My first FJ was 2007 and the inner fenders started to fail within 5,000 miles. This happened twice with 2007. Toyota fixed it both times. The 2007 was replaced (lemon law) on September 2, 2008. I have had zero problems with the inner fenders on the 2008!

There was only one redesign done between the release of the FJ in March 2006 and summer 2008. The redesigned inner fender was put into production FJ’s in the summer of 2008. June or July is the most likely months when the new inner apron design was implemented.

The following is a reprint from a thread I started 9/15/2008

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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My hope is that this post will be helpful. I know that some will say that the inner fender apron redesign is inadequate. The proof is in the pudding as they say, and so far the 2008 FJ is pretty darn sweet!
 

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Is it a frame Issue? Or the design of the Inner fender itself+ body Mount design Location
I know the Inners are redisgned But did they add Frame Support to make it more riggid?
After Looking at pics and then looking at the design of the inners when I installed my snorkle... I think it lies it the waffer thin, un-supported Metal of the inner fender!
COuld Be wrong....Just saying
I think personally it is both, but more the frame.

Without having done any actual testing, this is some of the proof i have.

I had an ARB bumper on my FJC. You can clearly see the top tube of the bumper over the front of the hood from the driver seat. When you hit any kind of bumps in the road you can see a pretty good bit of movement with the bumper relative to the hood. This is just showing you the amount of frame movement relative to the body as well.

On my Land Cruiser, there isn't even 1/100th of that. I cannot see the bumper move relative to the hood at all. The Land Cruiser also has a much beefier frame on it. There also isn't an 80 series with cracking front fenders that i have ever heard of or seen.
 
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