Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: 13 gauage cj-5 tub
Stock Jeep bodies are 16 gauge and 18 gauge - mostly 18. 13 gauge weighs 3.9625 pounds per square foot, 1.875 times as much as 18 gauge at 2.0600 pounds per square foor. If a stock body weighs 500 pounds, a 13-gauge body could weigh over 900 pounds.
That's a pretty severe penalty. If I were going to add 400 pounds to a Jeep, I'd do it in the frame, axels, roll cage, side bars . . . Although thicker steel is stronger, it can still be dented. When it is, who will be able to dolly the dents out?