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Best stainless steel brand for accessories?

I just finally got back into the Jeep family and I'm already anxiously outfitting my 'new' 84 CJ7 with parts from the Jeep I once loved. There appears to be a handful of brands out there and I was hoping to get input into which are the best.

Kentrol
Rugged Ridge
Smittybuilt
Crown
etc

I hear that some are cheap and really thin steel so any personal recommendations would be insanely appreciated!

Thank you and so happy to be back in the mix!!!

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Kentrol stainless steel products by far and they will be the most expensive out of the bunch too. But, you get what you pay for.


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Kentrol stainless steel products by far and they will be the most expensive out of the bunch too. But, you get what you pay for.

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Awesome! I had a few of that brand loaded up and there was a feeling that the 'get what you pay for' was going to come into play. Time to stock up and I really appreciate your view, and everyone else's.

So happy to be buying parts!!

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I got some Kentrol windshield frame hinges that outlasted the jeep they were mounted on. Too bad they are not as thick as the original ones.


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I have Kentrol mirrors, hinges, and tub protectors for the bottom of the door openings and rear quarter panels. Very high quality, and still look brand new after many years.

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This is what I was most curious about since that is the review that is typically left.

I imagine this is to go with most stainless windshield frame hinges? I'd like to match stock, but highly doubt that can be accomplished in polished stainless.

Is it also true that the screws are different in how they seat with the hinge?

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This is what I was most curious about since that is the review that is typically left.

I imagine this is to go with most stainless windshield frame hinges? I'd like to match stock, but highly doubt that can be accomplished in polished stainless.

Is it also true that the screws are different in how they seat with the hinge?
Yes, the holes are not countersunk like they are on the OEM hinge to help center the hinge. The metal is to thin for a countersink.
So you would have to use a hex head not a flat or round countersunk screw.

I'm not even sure a flat or round undercut bolt would be thin enough.


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I did the SS acces thing for awhile....

One of the issues, even with quality stuff, they tend to be thinner and not as strong as the stock hinges. And to be honest, some of the stuff looks dorky. Or, as I like to call it, "BOB", Bolt On Bling...best left for Mall Crawlers.

SS needs to be items that see 'wear and tear'....like the SS strip you put on the bottom of the door entry...

I had SS hood latches...and they were good ones....but they still rusted.

I took all of my door, hood and windshield hinges and had them powder coated. It's been over 20 years and they still look good. Black hinges on a red body....


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I'm really torn on the door hinges here.... I am upgrading the front bumper with a 54" (with holes) kentrol and a stainless grill guard, but am stuck on the hinges. The garnet/red, black and silver (decal) has me torn.

I don't want to be too blingy, but having a nice clean look is what I'm aiming for.

Another thing; Quadratec the best site to get this stuff? Any discounts out there or referrals to benefit this site?

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For comparison... this is the one that I let go and regretted for over 20 years. (black and stainless was easy to pull off)

Having the red/silver decal and black parts has me mixed.

PS: If you own my old Jeep and live in Snohomish Co, which I think you do from where I saw it last... hit me up. :-D
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Personally, I like the stainless, especially for hinges and such, as winters are rough on steel. So far *knock on wood* all of my stainless is holding up well. No idea on brand, as the PO put them all on, but my guess would be Kentrol.



For the windshield hinges, I bought stainless button head bolts (use allen key to install) and they look nice. Use plenty of antisieze, as the steel they are going into will rust and cause issues if you ever want to remove them.

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I think the stainless looks good on any solid color. It's the cheesy '80 decals that throw it into the "bling" territory when you do both.

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This is what black on red looks like
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