Originally Posted by Jeaux
Is it as strong as the metal? And you paid what for these kits? $5 to 7,000 total?
I think the one I got is as strong as a steel tub and maybe even more forgiving. Check out the photo albums in my sig line link, mine is the white CJ7. It has been rubber side up a couple times and has had/lost several fights with trees and only cracked the door post just below the windshield mount and a slight seamsealer crack at the floor to firewall seam with a headlight bezel cracked. I would consider it has had 'hard' use for 10 years. Just put a new frame, wires and plumbing in it and hope to get another 10+ out of it.
I got mine up here in Canada made locally. It has 1" waterproof plywood in the floors and diamond plate sandwiched in the firewall for the brake and steering reinforcement. I have lost track of the gent who made them though due to a harddrive letting the magic smoke out with all my email contacts gone.
His prices were great. I paid $2000.00 Canadian for the tub, a one piece front clip and a new steel windshield frame. The best part was 'everything' original Jeep fit right on, from my chrome Laredo grill insert to the hard and soft doors and tops.
86/00 CJ7 Laredo, 33x9.5 BFG AT's, 'glass nose to tail in '00, 'New' frame,wires and plumbing in '09. Carter BBD Carbed 4.0 HO in '10.
89 YJ Renegade. BBD Carbed 4.0 HO. Locked front and rear with 33x9.5 BFG AT's
Some Canadian Bush Jeep Runs and Build Photos: http://mikeromainjeeptrips.shutterfly.com
(10 new albums added Sept 16/10)