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post #1 of 16 Old 02-28-2008, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Are fiberglass tubs any good?

Just looking for some experienced thoughts on this. Respectfully, Billy

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post #2 of 16 Old 02-28-2008, 05:25 PM
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I say no if you offroad your vehicle. fiberglass would not hold up to rocks,trees ect.
if its a pavment pounder then go for it

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I say no if you offroad your vehicle. fiberglass would not hold up to rocks,trees ect. if its a pavment pounder then go for it
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Just looking for some experienced thoughts on this. Respectfully, Billy
The quick answer is yes, glass tubs are good.

There are many on this board that run glass tubs and wheel the crap out of them with no complaints.

Like most things, generally speaking, the more you spend the better the tub.

You can buy glass tubs with plywood reinforcement and you can buy tubs with steel and kevlar reinforcement.

I didn't at first, but I have grown to love my glass tub. Easy to mod, easy to repair and NO RUST.
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I had my glass body on for 18 years now, it has out lasted the stock body. I have always run good bumpers to protect both bodies.
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in my experience, i have never liked fiber glass tubs, i have a buddy that did a half flop on the street it had a roll cage in it (to the frame) and the tub cracked in half they also tend to rip and tear when rubbed up against something i know a steel tub with dent but you can hammer that out. if i was to vote for a tub 4th would be fiberglass 3rd aftermarket steel 2nd factory steel 1st aluminum. we put an aluminum tub on a cj7 it really made the jeep. no rust, ridgid as hell you know when you take a tub off a frame the thing is like a noddle these tubs dont flex well worth the money
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As always, a very loaded question.

Repairing fiberglass is easier, faster and takes less in the way of tools than repairing steel, nevermind aluminum. That said, if you don't mind driving around in a Jeep that looks like a beer can someone crunched into their forehead than simply hammering out dents in the steel/ aluminum may be enough for you. I have had both steel and fiberglass and have to say in my experience ,which is not rolling my junk down some rock pile- a good heavy duty fiberglass tub is far superior to the factory or aftermarket CJ steel in longevity. It just requires more thought as to grounding the electrical system and tieing the rollbar/cage and seats to the frame for more serious offroad use. All of this, of course, is my opinionnnnnn.
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I've got a glass body that is solid mounted to the frame, that I use as a daily driver and it has held up great. Grounding takes a little thought, but overall the glass tub is far superior in my opinion........
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I love my fiberglass tub.
I've smacked into things that bent my frame and never hurt the tub. And that was at -5*F.
Great to work under because ther is no rust falling in your eye's I've had mine for about 10 years.
I've had tire carriers and soft top hardware rust out when mounted to the tub.

You get what you pay for, I've seen a lot of single layer tubs that I'd be afraid to bolt my seat into but mine has held up a lot better than me.

Aluminum tubs don't rust, they corrode. Trust me, I've worked on Land Rovers.


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I love my 'glass tub and have off roaded it very hard in the past. It has had the rubber side up which cracked the glued seam where the firewall meets the floor. A losing argument with a tree or two cracked the door post just at the bottom of the windshield hinge, both easy enough repairs.

I have had mine for 8 years now and currently am putting a new frame under it. The old one rusted out finally.

The best part... No More Rust!

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Mike, John, Jim... Which glass body to u have? Same question to anyone else who likes the quality of their glass tub...
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Mine is made in Kingston Ontario Canada by a gent named Brian Quinn with a shop in his garage. It has diamond plate sandwiched in the firewall for the pedal mounts and 1" weatherproof plywood cores in the floors. All the Jeep parts fit on perfectly including my chrome Laredo grill insert. The doors and tops, hard and soft, everything fits perfect. I opted for the solid back instead of a tailgate for strength. I love my one piece front flip clip, it makes working on anything up front so easy. I sit on the tire to change the plugs or do the carb. I used the stock hinges so it opens 'up' to clear my warn HS 9000i and Hella Black Magic lights. Both pieces and a steel windshield frame ran me about $2000.00 back in 1999. I am not sure of his current prices but could find out.

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Mine is a 4WD tub. They just had free shipping a little while ago. Don't know if they are still offering it.
http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=9090

or complete kit with fenders and hood.
http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.aspx?partID=9092


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My tub is also from 4wd hardware. It has the aluminum sandwiched on the firewall and the wood sandwiched at the mounting points. Overall very strong and NO RUST.......
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Mine is also a 4wdh glass body
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post #15 of 16 Old 03-03-2008, 01:25 PM
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I have read, many places, that the wood sandwiched in the floor can cause issues if not installed properly. I was told to overdrill the mounting holes and fill with resin. Then re-drill the mounting hole (this will prevent water from ever contacting the wood). Just passing along information I was given...
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