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post #1 of 11 Old 02-05-2011, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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opinions- patch or new panel?

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?

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-06-2011, 05:04 PM
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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.

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Since it’s a flat piece that needs replacing I say to cut out the rusted part and replace it with new metal.
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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.

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-11-2011, 06:18 AM
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i vote for a patch but i think you are going to loose the p eather way. and the price of replacement pannels with jeep stamped in it are crazy high in my opinion.
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Since it’s 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.
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ah, in that case then, should I just cut the whole "Jeep" emblem so it doesn't look like an illiterate "Jee" that I drive? probably be a little easier to get it to look better with the weld too..
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-11-2011, 02:25 PM
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I think you might get your feelings hurt when you start grinding. You're going to find a lot more rust than you might think is there.

I agree with saving the Jeep lettering. If it's rusted into your lettering, I'd go to a U-pick salvage yard and cut some out of a junk Jeep.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-11-2011, 08:53 PM
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Someone on here a while back did that and then welded the "Jeep" part back in upside down. It looked pretty cool IMO.

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Once you have a hole that big... I'd find a rust free tub and start over. It ain't the only place it's a rust bucket.

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