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Rocker panel repair?

I will be rebuilding a tub for my CJ-7 and I picked one up in a local yard that needs some rocker panel repair. The floor pans have already been replaced but the rockers were full of body filler that I have removed and is now full of holes. I have been debating whether to buy repair panels and have them welded in (can't weld myself so I'd have to pay a shop) or try and do a better fill job than the last owner. I would post some pics if I had a digital camera (maybe for xmas). Any suggestions on the best way to repair rockers? I thought about diamond plate but I'm not super fond of the stuff. Thanks. Oh and this is being done on a very small budget (read, free or at least cheap repair suggestions would be best).

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Re: Rocker panel repair?

I'm gonna get my before jeep pictures scanned sometime this week so you can see what they looked like... Well I was gonna do the weld-on rocker panels, but I decided to use Fiberglass... I dont like the bondo putty junk for the rocker panels because usally these holes are so big and fiberglass if done right will hold up and look alot better... Its really easy and the strips can be cut perfectly to cover the holes.... Do a few layers and make sure its strong... I did both sides of the hole... I'd go with this its easy,fast and strong.. But dont use it for floor panels and such.. I used the weld-in panels on the interior... Goodluck

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Re: Rocker panel repair?

another option would be angle iron rocker guards and to find some that big enough to cover the holes 5x5? or you could make rocker skids out of angle iron and add a upper peice to cover the holes. Also Get some dimond pate that would be a good idea, you could even paint it the color of your jeep.
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Re: Rocker panel repair?

The only repair that's going to really last is to weld in new panels. Body fillers only provide a place for moisture to hide. Fiberglass does the same thing although it may last longer. Unfortunately body work is very expensive and not many people know how to do it right (that's why my tub has holes in the rockers). If it's a replacement tub can you put off the swap until you have saved enough for the repairs? I have done repairs like you are wanting to do in my early auto fix-up days and every time I wished I had just waited and done it right.

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