Originally Posted by BLK00TJ
He's not a pro by any stretch. He fabs up bumpers, sliders, and skid plates for the members of our club in his spare time out of his garage. He doesn't have the equipment to work aluminum. So if I bought an aluminum skid for 1k, and it cracked, I'd be out 1k. If I bought a steel skid and it bent or cracked, I could rebend or repair with welding for free from my club members. Well free other than a 6-pack and I'll get to help out and learn something.
I think if you look closer at your motives, you've adopted a position and are coming up with justifications for being there.
Realistically you wouldn't be out 1K because there are plenty of folks around that perhaps you just haven't run into that can repair, weld, bolt, drill, and fabricate aluminum. At worst, you'd be out a few bucks and some inconvenience while you had it fixed.
I simply do not base any of my Jeep accessories, mods, fixes, or builds around what I can get repaired for free or repair myself. Now where did I put that hammer forge?