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Unread 10-22-2009, 10:33 PM   #1
TophCasey
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removing diamond plating - rivets

So I bought a CJ7 and it is red with silver diamond plating...
... that's ok but i want to repair some body pieces but there is diamond plating in the way. I dont think i really need it on there cause its mainly going to be used to drive around to climbing spots and just kick around in on a few trails to do research (ecology student). So i had a few questions:
1. Wont the diamond plating help cause more rust?
2. What's the best way to get them off, they are riveted on there.
3. Is it worth it to take them off to repair rust or are the enough support?
Here's pictures:
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2...J/IMG_0155.jpg
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2...J/IMG_0154.jpg



This is it now:
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2...J/P8080001.jpg

This is how i would like it to look:
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h2...91vZWU74az.jpg

Thanks

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Unread 10-22-2009, 10:44 PM   #2
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The rivets are easy to remove, just drill the heads off the rivets by using a bit smaller than the head. Hold the back side of the rivet with a pair of vise grips, to keep them from spinning. Don't plunge through if you plan on using the same holes again for reattaching later.
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Unread 10-22-2009, 10:50 PM   #3
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they'll only cause more rust if water and dirt and what not can get behind them and get trapped there. If they are tight against the side you shouldn't have any problems. also i've noticed that people try to cover rust up with those pieces instead of fixing it..

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Unread 10-23-2009, 09:18 AM   #4
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It doesn't matter how tight they are against the body panels or what sealant you use, dirt and water will get behind them and get trapped.
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Unread 10-23-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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TophCasey,
I would LOVE to have those pieces and would certainly pay for shipping and may be a little more for your time, when you get them off.
Let me know what you think. email or PM me with your thoughts.
If you have any more pics/links you could send me, that would be great!

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Unread 10-23-2009, 10:41 AM   #6
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So I bought a CJ7 and it is red with silver diamond plating...
... that's ok but i want to repair some body pieces but there is diamond plating in the way. I dont think i really need it on there cause its mainly going to be used to drive around to climbing spots and just kick around in on a few trails to do research (ecology student). So i had a few questions:
1. Wont the diamond plating help cause more rust?
2. What's the best way to get them off, they are riveted on there.
3. Is it worth it to take them off to repair rust or are the enough support?
Here's pictures:





If anyone around in this area wants them (sides and rear corner plates) you can come get them for free if you take them off yourself.

This is it now:


This is how i would like it to look:


Thanks


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