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Old November 4th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Question I want body armor for my jeep!

I do not want aluminum/steel diamond plate.

Looking to get full tub armored along with front fenders and likely a spare tire stinger.

What do you have? Like it or hate it? Why?
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Old November 4th, 2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Shitty built seen I have descent prices on their stuff. Shipping is what kills the prices. Take a look at them
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Old November 4th, 2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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I got mine thru jeep add ons. Talk to to Chris Holland. For my yj, I got rocker knockers and full rear quarters for $330 shipped. But took forever to get here
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I think that I'll be going with MoabFab. Price with shipping seems really decent.
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I have smittybilt rears and have no issue. My fronts are Genright and my rocker guards are Tab.
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I have smittybilt rears and have no issue. My fronts are Genright and my rocker guards are Tab.
Don't recall if yours have rear flares, do they add any form of protection? If not I may omit that.
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My smittybilt stuff rusted, the powder coating flaked off after one Michigan winter and it was only a tire carrier. Quality is not there IMO.
What is your budget will help everyone make recommendations. Aluminum is the way to go if you can afford it.
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Don't recall if yours have rear flares, do they add any form of protection? If not I may omit that.
Mine did not. However, I added the Genright weld on flares. Not cheap but nice. Look at my build thread.
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My smittybilt stuff rusted, the powder coating flaked off after one Michigan winter and it was only a tire carrier. Quality is not there IMO.
What is your budget will help everyone make recommendations. Aluminum is the way to go if you can afford it.
I disagree on both counts. I can't speak for a tire carrier but my corner guards lasted several years with no peeling. $20 worth of sand blasting & they were ready for a nice coat of paint.

Aluminum works great for rubbing up against a tree but have you ever seen what happens to aluminum in the rocks?
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I made all my stuff. Its alot easier then you would think. I have highlined tube fenders rocker gaurds and crusher corners and i have about 200 bucks in it.
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Mine did not. However, I added the Genright weld on flares. Not cheap but nice. Look at my build thread.
Why did you add the flare? Tell me why.
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My smittybilt stuff rusted, the powder coating flaked off after one Michigan winter and it was only a tire carrier. Quality is not there IMO.
The finish on my Smittybilt tire carrier is the only positive quality - several years of dragging my arse end through rocks, mud and sand has scraped the finish off of parts, but the finish on the rest of it has held up well.

Just don't rely on the welds....
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The actual bumper part of the smittybilt bumper and tire carrier combo has held up well and is extremely strong and the powder coating on the bumper has held up great with all of the scraping and pounding I've put it through. I'm not sure why the powdercoating is crap on the tire carrier, but I included a pic of it just to show you what can happen.
I had poison spyder rear corners that also flaked and rusted but not as bad as the smittybilt carrier. I now have full poison spyder crusher corners that I painted and can be touched up anytime I need to.
Here's my buddy's Jeep that he rolled in Sept at the badlands with very little damage to his aluminum armor. Aluminum is pricey but it's light.
Building your own protection is not that difficult if you have the tools and the know how. I built my rockers/sliders for my old YJ and my LJ along with bumpers for YJ's, TJ's and a JK. Can you weld and if you can do you trust your welds?
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I can fabricate. I don't have the time. I will just buy it. I wheel over rocks and I-94
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Why did you add the flare? Tell me why.
I never wanted the flares when I was pushing it hard. I liked the clearance where my tires were out in the open. I started out planning to buy new Genright front fenders and discovered they had discontinued the non flared fenders so I bought the 4" flared fenders. Figured I should match the rear, so that's what I did. My body off resto was intended to fix what needed to be fixed in addition to making it more streetable again. So, the flares are a nice addition to keeping splatter contained (a little bit )

I've done a lot of rock wheeling and wheeled with people with high end aluminum armor. IMO, the aluminum doesn't hold up to the gouges that rocks cause. I also don't think the difference in weight means very much. Sure for a race rig but not for casual wheeling. The difference in weight is about the weight of a fat ass passenger. I've never seen a person make or not make an obstacle based on their passenger. (other than a nagging girlfriend. )

I'm with you Dave, putting a dollar value on your time, sometimes it's easier to buy a nice product versus doing it yourself.
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Thanks. So a flare is functional, but marginally.
I will likely omit the flares.
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