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Old 05-12-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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JK Aftermarket Add-Ons = RUST

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that aftermarket parts seem to rust up rather quickly? I am a 1st time Jeep owner & would love to customize my new Rubicon, but it seems to me that when I spot other Jeeps with the aftermarket stubby bumpers or rock rails or other add-ons that after closer inspection rust is visible on these parts to some degree. Are any of you folks with the add-ons noticing this? I'm sure that geographical location might have a lot to do with this also. If rusting parts are going to be a constant ongoing battle then I would be satisfied leaving my Jeep mostly the way it came from the factory. Thoughts pease.

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Kind of a general statement about rust ??? but here is the thing: the aftermarket-market is HUGE for Jeeps. You have a billion companies out there with a big disparity in quality and price between them. There are bumpers that are $250 and bumpers that are $1250 for instance. Combine that with Jeepers who don't care what it LOOKS like as long as it functions. Or the guys who love nothing better than picking up a rattle can or are part of plastic-dippers anonymous. It's up to you what your focus is but there are plenty of good companies out there for everything on a Jeep.
I do agree that rust is an issue that many companies ignore. Heck- Jeep ignores it- look at your drive shaft. The other option is find a good powder coater. I've had some components powder coated because they came bare metal. Pretty cheap.

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Unfortunately without a multi-stage basecoat-clearcoat paint process it's just not going to be adequately protected no matter what part is being bolted on...and even that's not a guarantee it won't rust. Salt + water + exposed metal = rust. Even on powder coated items. But the problem also comes down to the thickness of the metal being used as obviously it takes less time for rust to eat through a thin piece versus a thick piece. That's why the cheap side steps always looked like crap in a short time but then that's also why they cost less too!

The bottom line is you have to be vigilant and make sure there isn't any exposed metal showing on your parts which is why I always inspect my Ace rails every time I wash my Jeep.
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