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Old 12-23-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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Early TJ Rust on top of fenders?

I dont own a TJ yet but have seen several on CL that show rusted through holes on top of the fenders right next to the hood.

I have not looked under the fenders yet but what causes this. Is there a spot under the fender that collects mud or what?

Strange place to rust I thought. My 1964 CJ5 isnt rusted there yet?!

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Old 12-23-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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My 2000 wasn't washed from 2000 up until a few weeks ago and there's no body rust. Where are you located? Is it somewhere that uses a lot of salt in the winter?

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Old 12-23-2010, 05:08 PM   #3

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I've seen this as well even on newer jeeps than mine, I have a '98. I can only figure that maybe salt added to never washing it and maybe being parked for a long period of time might contribute to it? Or maybe salt water from being close to the ocean over time? I've also noticed the tubs on these jeeps are also having rust issues and the rear gate hinges are usually badly corroded as well.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:14 PM   #4
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I am in the Kansas City area. We do get salt here. I like to keep things clean under the body but I guess lots of folks never give that a thought. I was just curious. I have not found that problem near so common on the older YJ's
I will have to find TJ and have a look see sometime. Thinking of buying one in fact.
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:18 PM   #5
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I saw a slew of that myself before I bought Bonnie. It can happen from the hood rubbing the top of the fender or not cleaning under the wheel wells enough. That area gets hit from everything that rolls off the tires. If the rest of the jeep is in great condition use it to talk em down 400-1000 then just put the saved money towards tubes
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Old 12-23-2010, 05:40 PM   #6
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I have a 2000 tj and mine were rusted there, I live in Canada so everything rusts here
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:01 PM   #7
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Mine came out of Hawaii and the tops of the fenders where the hood meet them are rusty. I don't care much, I will have new tube fenders in a month.

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