I am on the fence about 1/4 panel armor. I am cutting out and re-welding my wheel wells anyways so I might do it. My plan was to run a bead of caulk or something on the upper inner edge before putting it on to keep crap out but my rig sees very little road use so it isnt a huge issue. I used to not be all about saving weight but after my cage is done, it will be a significant amount so I might just skip it. Trails up here get a little close for comfort but I have bashes in my drip rails more than doors/quarter panels. I will also be running synthetic line and after lifting up winches with steel cable and others with synthetic, it kind of shocked me too how much the cable actually adds to weight.
1996 XJ on 36" TSLs, 4", locked F/R, stretched