|01-03-2013 07:58 PM|
|Jeep_88||Awesome, thanks guys, I was actually thinking about using semi mud flaps and cutting them up, just don't know where to get material like that?? I guess I will have to do some digging around! I'm also going to add a screen under my grill to protect the rad, it took a couple hits too.|
|01-01-2013 08:54 PM|
Or you can swap with a Euro bumper
|01-01-2013 07:11 PM|
|AllshoNogo||I plasti dipped my rocker panels yesterday to protect against stuff chipping the paint there. Might do the hood strip where a wind deflector thingy would usually go tomorrow. Did my grille and keyholes and trail rated badge and inside my hardtop as well. This stuff works great but is highly addictive. Only costs about 6 bucks a can too. Just a suggestion|
|01-01-2013 06:59 PM|
All together about 240 bucks, you can go with avery nano fusion or ventureshield for a few bucks more. That is the price for hood, fenders and grill. You can get the grill by itself if that is all you want to protect.
It helps a lot driving in snow, as the sand they use in Kalifornia sprays back from the cars in front sandbllasting the front end or on gravel with stones flying at you. The film takes the hit, not the paint. Plus, unless you look real close you can't see it is even there.
|01-01-2013 06:15 PM|
|MikeK46||There was a guy who recently posted photos of his solution for the front, which was to cut a piece of rubber mud flap and put it between the bumper and the front of the fender.|
|01-01-2013 11:27 AM|
The stock Sahara running boards are doing a marvelous job in keeping gravel-road-itis under control....which is great, as they are near worthless as a step-up device.
re: " I've read about some guys basically having rocks flown off their own tires in front of the Jeep which have hit their own jeep causing chips. "
I actually had this happen last week: in town going through a road-repair graveled section, coming to stop at light, when I saw something about the size of a filbert fling forward from my front end, and as I rolled forward a few feet coming to stop, heard a solid *clack* of a rock hitting the lower windshield.
Surprise, never had that happen before. Close inspection shows just a tiny glitch in the windshield frame, no glass damage.
Pretty odd combination of events though.
|01-01-2013 12:04 AM|
The 'bug deflector' does well to keep the leading edge of the hood from getting too chewed up. For the grill... it's plastic so won't rust... mine actually looks pretty good for all the rocks that have hit it. You might want to grab some cans of undercoating and do your underbody before it gets too dirtied up. The rubberized stuff works the best, and quiets things down.
I'm a little further north in BC... and winter is harsh on the brick-like Jeep...
|12-31-2012 11:59 PM|
MOPAR Front Deluxe Molded Splash Guards in Black with Jeep Logo
|12-31-2012 11:11 PM|
|Dj Captain||I have a black JK, and will be going with a carbon fiber wrap on the hood and grill. It runs $300 for both parts. I know there is also a clear wrap you can get done, but that is in the $1200-$1500 range.|
|12-31-2012 10:56 PM|
There was a guy who posted in the for sale section about a fender extension or something of the sorts that filled the open space between the fender and bumper which he claimed to have stopped alot of the forward sling that comes back onto the windshield or front of the Jeep. Last I read he presented the idea to one of the floor mat companies I believe it was husky liners and they were going to begin manufacturing these.
I believe he used a set of old mud flaps from a GMC IIRC and he trimmed them to fit.
Maybe you can find the thread as it had pictures in there. I'll look but my searching almost always comes up empty...
|12-31-2012 10:02 PM|
|Dalmatians||How about a flat, rubber type material kind of like an 18 wheeler mud flap, cut and riveted/screwed into place inside the wheel well to fill in the gaps? Maybe an aftermarket front full width bumper that angles up on the ends to better fill the space to the front fenders than the factory bumper. LaminX also make a film I believe that you can use to protect paint.|
|12-31-2012 09:36 PM|
|SilverSport||These may help protect your rocker panels: Bushwacker 14012 - Bushwacker TrailArmor Rocker Panels for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited JK 4 Door - Quadratec|
|12-31-2012 09:34 PM|
Body Protection from Daily Driving
Just got my 2013 Wrangler Unlimited a few weeks ago, I work in the rockies as a paramedic one weekend a month and this was my first weekend up there, before I drove up I put on my Rockhard 4x4 rock rail/side steps on to protect the side of the Jeep from stuff flying off the tires which worked great. The other issues I'm having are:
Stone chips on the front end, I can add the 3m stuff on the front to protect the hood and grill I guess, a bra would let the silt in underneath and cause it to scratch, any other suggestions?
Is there anything that you guys use to stop stuff from flying out between the bumper and fender flares in the front and rear? I've read about some guys basically having rocks flown off their own tires in front of the Jeep which have hit their own jeep causing chips.
The other things I was wanting to do is extend the plastic wheel well surround, does anyone make anything for the front and rear wheel wells? or does anyone know a good product to use to fab up your own?
Any ideas/suggestions would be great, it looks like these things are made to rust with all of the exposed metal in areas that are unprotected from road debris, also there was such a fine coat of paint underneath mine that I could see the primer so before I put on my side step/rock rails I put on a couple coats of tremclad