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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-30-2002, 08:43 AM
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Hi all, I'm new to this forum, glad to see so many people into jeep'n.
Anyway, here's my question, I have a "76" cj5 and NEED to change the tub, it is shot. I have a 4" suspension lift, 2" body lift, and 35" swampers, I definately use it for wheel'n and I also want it for looks, What is better, a fiberglass or a steel tub? What are some of the pros and cons of each, I do not have any experience in replacing a body, just the mechanics.
Any help would be most appreciated.

OOOOP's also any suggestions on what brand of each type to checkout if you can.

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You didn't read that "Read Before Posting For The FIRST Time!" post did you? Do the search, asked and answered numerous times.
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Glass is cheaper and rust resistant but you can't pound the dents out like steel. Go over your frame real good. It's a rare find to have a body shot and no frame repair required.
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What are dents?
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Exactly why I like my 'glass tub, no dents, it pushes in and springs back out, hasn't cracked either.
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You considered the new aluminum body's offered? I'd check into those.
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Who makes aluminum and do they make a windshield frame? I have been unsuccessful in getting a stainless steel one.

There may be more people that can do aluminum body work now. Years ago there were only three elves in the Black Forest that had the skills.
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Re: Glass or Steel

http://www.quadratec.com/cgi-bin/sgi...;x=66&amp;y=22

I forget who actually manufactures them, but they appear to be top notch from the pics I've seen of them. Supposedly 30% stronger than steel. And it only weighs in at 275lbs. The make them for '5s and 8's too.
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Alum would be another choice and won't rust..... it just corrodes into a white powder.
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Re: Glass or Steel

By the time the aluminum body starts to corrode, the rest of the Jeep will be toast. Aluminum takes a while to start corroding. The downside as previously stated though is that its hard to find people who can do aluminum body work. Fiberglass is the way to go, no rust, no dents, and who cares if you scratch the paint.
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