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Old 05-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Rear corner guards-advice?

I want to get rear corner guards and have been looking around at them. I notice that some are steel and some are plastic. I know that with metal or steel comes the chance of rust and most the steel corner guards I have seen say they might require trimming...
I kind or like the Rugged Ridge plastic ones with the dimond plate texture.
Does anyone recommend steel or plastic over the other? I want something that is going to last.

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:11 AM   #2
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Are these corner guards purely decorative? Plastic isn't going to fair well on rocks. If you buy corner guards from a reputable manufacturer then trimming won't be necessary

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #3
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I have the Rugged Ridge and they look good and fit perfect. I got them to cover up some rust starting on the seams. I don't think they would provide much in the way of protection from rocks.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:23 AM   #4
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I believe the plastic ones are mis-labeled. They should be called corner covers.

If you like the diamond plate, and want corner guards, there are lots of options out there that are better than plastic.
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I have steel ones on my 89 and 97. They have been on 3 and 2 years respectively. They are made by Warrior. They fit fine from the start, no trimming or cutting and there has been no sign of rust. The 89 had some corner body damage, the 97 had some bad rust patches that I cut out and welded new steel in, but the corner guards cover my imperfect body work. They are strong and will definitly protect the body in ways I would never expect the plastic ones to. I am very happy with them.
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just did plastic ones love em and cheap!
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Plastic guards may protect against scratches from bushes but that's it, they won't protect against sliding into a rock or tree.

There is metal alternative to steel and that is rust-free aluminum. If you can afford it, aluminum is the way to go. All the heavy steel armor that tends to collect on our Jeeps adds up very quickly. I am now going aluminum wherever I can. So far, the following armor on my Jeep is aluminum... Savvy rear gas tank skid, Savvy front bumper, Savvy rear corners, Savvy rocker guards (aluminum & steel), and Poison Spyder front fenders.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #8
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Off topic question... Do you still have to drill for the plastic ones?
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Off topic question... Do you still have to drill for the plastic ones?
There are some that have built-in magnets and are intended for temporary use. But those can be knocked off by brush and provide little protection.

It is worth noting that once you have fitted metal corner guards, the manufacturers recommend removing them annually to touch up the paint and repair rust underneath.

NONE of these corner guards are intended to substitute for repairing a damaged tub. You should straighten the tub out, weld in steel patches, apply primer and paint before fitting corner armor.
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Off topic question... Do you still have to drill for the plastic ones?
My friend has some plastic ones that are held on with 3M adhesive tape.

That should tell you something right there about the plastic corner durability.
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no, and it seems by the op's post that plastic is the way he wants to go, easy install, looks kickars, and saved 100bux, 75% of the people on this forum wont actually "need" rock protection in that area of the jeep..
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My friend has some plastic ones that are held on with 3M adhesive tape.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #13
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well how else would you put plasitc parts on?
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no, and it seems by the op's post that plastic is the way he wants to go, .
Are you sure? Read it again.

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I want to get rear corner guards and have been looking around at them. I notice that some are steel and some are plastic. I know that with metal or steel comes the chance of rust and most the steel corner guards I have seen say they might require trimming...
I kind or like the Rugged Ridge plastic ones with the dimond plate texture.
Does anyone recommend steel or plastic over the other? I want something that is going to last.
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well how else would you put plasitc parts on?
Lol I thought they have magnets on them
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:52 PM   #16
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I have the PSC crusher corners and love them. For sure mine are not just for looks. 3/16" solid steel. I needed to fix some damage and I wanted them to be functional.

Here is the details of my install: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/my-2...ml#post3114189

I choose steel over aluminum just because of the price but for sure would have liked the lighter ones.
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I bought the plastic guards when I first bought my jeep, they did the job of covering up a pretty good size dent in my drivers side rear corner, BUT I did get tired of being called out and made fun of for having "plastic armor" lol so as soon as I found a pair of poison spyder crushers on Craigslist I jumped on them and have loved them since, as stated above you dont need to drill for the plastic ones but that being said the 3M tape they supply you with is not the geatest I bought the whole plastic armor kit (fenders, hood, rockers, and corners) and my hood and fender ones all flew off on the highway lol, the crusher corners on the other hand are held on with countersunk 3/8 (if I remember correct) bolts and I am pretty certain they will never fly off lol!

Also I had some trouble even getting the plastic ones to fit, I had to trim around the fuel filler and on the bottom of both of them, big PITA actually.

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Old 05-29-2013, 10:19 AM   #18
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I am wanting to get them to cover up some areas that are rusting, once I clean up the rust and repaint. I am not sure I need them for the protection right now, due to the fact that I am mostly just out in the mud and not around trees or rocks, but I want something that will last and is worth the money. I also don't like the idea of drilling into the side because I am not sure I will keep them on forever...still debating, maybe I will go with the plastic to see if I like them first then go aluminum later. But all the responses helped out a bunch.
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