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Unread 02-16-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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WD vs Kentrol tub

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I have a bit of money saved up. I am debating between finding a decent tub on a non running jeep and gutting it, or going fiberglass.

I am leaning towards fiberglass. The Kentrol tubs are high, but the 4wd tubs sure sound like they are well built.

Is Kentrol really worth the extra money?

This will be a daily driver for me, and the off roading I will be doing will be limited to old fire roads through the smokeys. They can get pretty washed out with rocky ledges and DEEP ruts, but I won't be doing any crazy stuff like rock crawling.

Just to give you an idea of where I'm gonna end up, I will be doing and OME suspension, lockers, winch and a tummy tuck(for the armor and the look). Max tire size will be 33's.

I just want to overbuild for what I do, and have a really nice DD.

Thanks for any advice guys.


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Unread 02-16-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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my vote is for fiberglass.

it is a lot of work but the final product is very very worth it in my opinion.

i have a 4wd tub, no experience with any other brands though.
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Unread 02-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #3
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Are you happy with the 4WD tub?
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Unread 02-16-2010, 01:31 PM   #4
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Look at Shell Valley tubs while you are at it. They have a Kevlar reinforced tub option and they offer colors other than white.

I have Shell Valley fenders, the rest of mine (hood & tub) is 4WD.com (I think).

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Unread 02-16-2010, 05:02 PM   #5
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very happy with the 4wd tub.

some issues that i had:

1. there are no real instructions, although there is a dvd available from 4WD it still leaves out quite a bit

2. you have to cut every hole yourself, which means you need your old tub to make templates

3. everything electrical needs its own dedicated ground

4. new hardware was an unforseen cost (it adds up fast)

5. there are no instructions with the installation kits either which have to be purchased seperately

all that being said, the quality of the tub i thought was very good and although it required lots of work the end result is very nice
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very happy with the 4wd tub.

some issues that i had:

1. there are no real instructions, although there is a dvd available from 4WD it still leaves out quite a bit

2. you have to cut every hole yourself, which means you need your old tub to make templates

3. everything electrical needs its own dedicated ground

4. new hardware was an unforseen cost (it adds up fast)

5. there are no instructions with the installation kits either which have to be purchased seperately

all that being said, the quality of the tub i thought was very good and although it required lots of work the end result is very nice
X2. I really like mine.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 06:23 PM   #7
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But just think - you do the 'glass tub, you should only be doing it once - it won't rust away and have to be redone again..

As for #3 in the list above, you should really do a dedicated ground to everything anyways - they all have so many grounding issues even with the metal tubs..
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