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Fiberglass front clip

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by 72CJ5er, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. Sep 9, 2007
    72CJ5er

    72CJ5er Renegade Member

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    anyone know where to find one for the Intermediates? I have the rest all in 'glass and thinking while I'm at it I may as well go all the way.
     
  2. Sep 10, 2007
    DanStew

    DanStew Incorrigible. Staff Member

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    Quadratec may have one, might give them a cal they may not have it in the catalog. Also google search for fiberglass body panels, a few places make them they are not all that rare.
     
  3. Sep 10, 2007
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Are you thinking a one-piece?
     
  4. Sep 10, 2007
    grannyscj

    grannyscj Headed to the Yukon

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    They do. http://www.quadratec.com/products/32871_001_T.htm
     
  5. Sep 10, 2007
    rixcj

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    I have a one-piece nose on my jeep. They have advantages and disadvantages. The biggest advantage is that, when you lift the front clip, you have clear access to the engine compartment. This feature is pretty nice.

    Some disadvantages are:
    -radiator has to be mounted to the frame, close to the engine(fan). Fabrication is involved.
    -nothing can be mounted to the fenderwells( overflow, window washer bottles, horn, etc.).
    -if tires are too tall, you cannot lift the nose, the fender, at the rear of the wheel cutout will hit the tire. I had this problem, and had to cut my fenders, and permanently attach part of the fender to the firewall.
    -fabrication of something to mount the spring loaded hood clips and rubber bumpers for the nose to compress against, while closed, must be addressed.
     
  6. Sep 10, 2007
    72CJ5er

    72CJ5er Renegade Member

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    Yes I was thinking about the one peice, sounds like great info rixcj thank for the heads up. Ill check into the Qtec one.
     
  7. Sep 10, 2007
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a 1pc front clip on my CJ5, and I'd second all the issues rixcj brings up. All in all I'm happy to be back to the standard arrangement. I have my OBA mounted on one fendertop, and all my relays on the other.

    If you go one-pc, make sure to ground your headlights and turn signals. Oh - and put connections in the wires at the firewall. This will allow you to unplug the wiring and pull the clip off completely.
     
  8. Sep 10, 2007
    72CJ5er

    72CJ5er Renegade Member

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    Actually I think I may go in pieces. I found the fenders for 135 each and really that is the parts that are still rusting. I wouldnt have to do all the fab work I think if I go that way and my main reason isnt access, just keeping the parts I have from rusting
     
  9. Sep 11, 2007
    wally

    wally SSSSTER

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    good choice on staying "multi-piece" front. i didn't like the one-piece, for many of the reasons stated above.

    my arrangement now is 'glas fenders and tub, with steel hood, grille and windshield. works great, and fenders have proven to be durable.
     
  10. Sep 11, 2007
    Fat Va. Boy

    Fat Va. Boy New Member

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