I bought a whole replacement rocker panel and was originally going to just try to replace the whole thing, but after reading a bit, I'm not quite sure... attached is the pic... what do you all think? give some advice/opinions?
Generally, I try to replace as small an area as I can... especially, if the replacement panel has alot of complicated attachment points. However, some panels are easier to replace than others so I guess you'd just have to weigh the pros/cons.
How complete is the replacement panel? Where does it attach? How hard to remove the existing panel? Is that all the rust? These are the types of questions that will determine the point at which a panel replacement outweighs the patch panel... or vice-versa.
If the rust doesn't get up into the "Jeep" lettering, I'd really try to save the lettering... leaning toward a patch panel.
'80 CJ5 w/AMC360, T176, D44 w/Detroit 4.56, RE 4" YJ lift and 35s..
What is bad about that spot is what is behind it and under the plastic that can not be seen in that picture. That one spot seems to be the spot that just about all the YJ's rust out from the inside out. You should fix he reason moisture is retained in the area before you seal it up.
A 89 yj with a 4.0 aw4 sye out of an 92xj. Now the hard part is done time to get it up in the air just a bit. Working on 8.8 with 3.73 and lsd for the rear. and new D30 hp with 3.73 .
For those who have not figured this out I'm old school but can handle the new too.
Since itís a flat piece that needs replacing I say to cut out the rusted part and replace it with new metal.
That's what I would do also.I understand you will loose the jeep lettering after you get to cutting but its way easier and cheaper.if you get a fiberglass tub they dont have the letters and I have seen a few of the raised letter stickers places that are really close to being the same as what the metal is raised.