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Unread 02-19-2012, 02:26 AM   #1
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Fender Tear

'81 CJ-8 Frame-Off in progress.

Looking at my untouched fenders, it appears that the results of a design flaw have cropped up - and I expect some of you have seen the same issue.

The ripple and light tearing of sheet metal at the fold seam just a few inches away from the mount.







What did you do about it?



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Unread 02-19-2012, 04:36 AM   #2
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What I did was very labor intensive. I drilled out all the spot welds and fabbed up a new one. But mine had some rust issues and yours look pretty good.

What you could do is pound it back down flat and weld the tear.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 07:33 AM   #3
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tube fenders, thats my plan lol
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Unread 02-19-2012, 08:25 AM   #4
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You could drill the ends of the crack with a small drill bit. What this does is it disperses the stress in a radial patern and stops the craki from spreading.

Then weld it with a MIG unit with .024 wire weld with short pulses so you dont burn through, Grind and put a little body filler on and your good to go.
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Unread 02-19-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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This is what we've done so far ..

Straitened out the metal, welded the tear and added upper & lower support using 16ga galvanized steel.



I'll post a couple more pics of the finished process tonight.



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