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Diamond Plate corners

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Mudweiserjeep, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Jun 10, 2008
    Mudweiserjeep

    Mudweiserjeep JEEP: Bouncy and Fun

    tipp city, ohio
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    What is the right way to install coners. Do you just bolt them on? Should you use a gasket type material to seal out moisture and dirt so rust don't form behind it?

    Guess I would have same question about rocker panels or anytime you bolt a panel to another panel. Do you seal panels?
     
  2. Jun 10, 2008
    Fnord5

    Fnord5 El Jeepo Gigantico!

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    I read somewhere on here that no matter what you do, moisture will get inside, and all your sealing efforts just make it harder for it to get out again.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2008
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I have mine installed currently with no sealant - but plan to add some on the top. The bottom I'll leave open for drainage.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2008
    panzer

    panzer Super Mod Staff Member

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    X2. I ran a bead of silicone caulk on the sides/top of my rocker guards.
    Left the bottoms clear for drainage.
     
  5. Jun 10, 2008
    Mudweiserjeep

    Mudweiserjeep JEEP: Bouncy and Fun

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    Thanks guys. I will leave the bottom open for drainage.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2008
    panzer

    panzer Super Mod Staff Member

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    I should say I ran a bead on the inside face. Just short of the edge.
    So it would not be visible when bolted in place. (Squeezed)
     
  7. Jun 10, 2008
    97XJ_95YJ

    97XJ_95YJ I hate torx bolts

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    I didn't do anything with mine, but that's mainly because mine are covering up body damage, so there was no real way to seal it anyway.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2008
    Vanguard

    Vanguard Chief Cook and Bottlewasher Staff Member

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    I didn't do anything either, but my tub is fiberglass.
     
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    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I didn't seal mine, but I do flush them out best I can when I wash, especially in the winter...
     
  10. Jun 11, 2008
    fheadcj6

    fheadcj6 Member

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    i would leave mine in the box, and seal them with tape ;)
     
  11. Jun 11, 2008
    duke54

    duke54 Member

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    ;)
     
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    scott milliner

    scott milliner Master Fabricator

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    I bolted mine on with some nice crome bolts... No sealant. Not to worried about stuff getting behind it. Most of the small stuff should wash out the bottom. The only thing to worry about is not to use steel bolts. Galvanic Corrosion will a cure. Unless you are using steel diamond plate corners.
     
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    Patrick

    Patrick Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I did use stainless socket head bolts, stainless washers, and stainless nylocks...
     
  14. Jun 11, 2008
    w3srl

    w3srl Semi-retired in Florida Staff Member

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    I can offer this little bit of insight:

    Our fire truck manufacturers use polished diamond plate like it is chrome, they bolt the stuff on just about every flat surface that doesn't get finish-painted, and on a 34-foot-long vehicle that is a LOT of places! Whenever we have to have some battle-damage repaired, there is always an accumulation of moisture and crud behind there, and on a Jeep that means rust.

    No matter how well you seal the back, edges, or whatever, it's going to leak and leave moisture and grit behind it.

    Good thing for us most of the truck bodies we buy now are stainle$$ steel! :D
     
  15. Jun 12, 2008
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    I would think about using a flat washer as a spacer between the plating and the tub. Leave an airspace the width of the washer so you can keep it clean and dry.
     
  16. Jun 12, 2008
    1960willyscj5

    1960willyscj5 Well-Known Member

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    I put them on mine, 'cause there is a BIG hole on the passenger side rear where the spare tire carrier used to be before it got ripped off.:hurrican::)
     

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