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Old 03-21-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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anyone with the fab tech rear corners? couple install questions.

Hey guys I just purchased some fabtech steel rear corners. The reason is, my jeeps right rear corner under the taillight has that typical rust spot. I was trying to fix it today and found out the rust hole went all the way through. This hole is about the size of a golf ball and it's going to be a big pain to replace because I cannot get sheet metal behind to weld in place. So what I did was grind out all of the loose, rusted spots and primed/painted all of the bare metal. I plan on using these body armor rear corners for structural strength and to cover up this nasty hole.

Now onto my questions..

Anyone that has these or similar rear corners that require drilling into the body, how difficult was the install? Are there any tips or tricks you used to make sure they corners were cleanly installed?

I'm REALLY hesitant about drilling into my jeep's body.

I realize I could have gone with the plastic or similar rear corners that use the 3M adhesive, but I really would like to have something stronger that will last a long time.

Thanks for the advice!

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Old 03-21-2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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I recently installed the black steel Warrior body armor (to include rear corners) Warrior Products 918AX - Warrior Products Rear Corners with Holes for 04-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ Unlimited with Bushwacker Flares - Quadratec and found drilling into the side of the Jeep pretty easy. Use the right drill bit size (mine was 3/16) and try to have a steady hand so that when you go through the corners and the Jeep's metal you don't have too much momentum that it carriers you too deep.

To be honest I did drill through the evac canister which is directly behind the rear passenger tire so be a little careful. It was an easy fix though. :

I also suggest that you use the aluminum rivets that they provide and don't mess with the self tapping screws.

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Old 03-21-2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions. Question for you, did you apply any silicone or rubber gasket type material around the corner guards? I've seen on some other forums of people doing that. I really dont know the function of doing this.
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