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Old 02-13-2012, 03:17 AM   #91 (permalink)
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I love the early 90s renegades with the fiberglass fender flares. I saw a silver one and was smitten. I think they look so clean.
Yeah... Except they're polyurethane fender flares instead, which crack. I'll be on my third repair to the front fenders this year... That said, it's a valuable jeep, and if you can get one for cheap, do so. I watched a couple of them go for 9-15k on ebay, in poor to good condition.
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Yeah... Except they're polyurethane fender flares instead, which crack. I'll be on my third repair to the front fenders this year... That said, it's a valuable jeep, and if you can get one for cheap, do so. I watched a couple of them go for 9-15k on ebay, in poor to good condition.
Sorry got confused. I knew they werent metal. So how does on repair them?
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Yeah... Except they're polyurethane fender flares instead, which crack. I'll be on my third repair to the front fenders this year... That said, it's a valuable jeep, and if you can get one for cheap, do so. I watched a couple of them go for 9-15k on ebay, in poor to good condition.
While I can't say I'm a fan of the YJ Renegade, they certainly are...unique. (Now, the Renegade package on the Liberty KJ, THAT'S not a bad trim package), I believe Quadratec carries replica fiberglass ones. I'd need to check their print catalogue (Has a whole restoration section that the website doesn't), they're a bit tougher but probably not exactly cheap.
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Sorry got confused. I knew they werent metal. So how does on repair them?
Lol! No confusion... They're plastic either way... Doesn't matter. I really wouldn't care at all, but I wish they were f/g instead.

The problem with the cast urethane is that it weathers kinda poorly. So everywhere there's a flange to hold the bumper cover on, it cracks. Or the high-stress spot right in front of the fender mounted turn signals repeatedly generate little cracks.

To repair it, I grind out the crack and then fill it with a 3m brand plastic urethane repair paste. Then file and sand it into shape after hardening. The repair is an almost-exact match to the characteristics of the urethane... Which means it will crack again in a few years.

Most jeep "enthusiasts" don't like the way the YJ Renegades look. They've been called the ugliest jeeps ever made. (Note Maruader Pilot's comment. )





I don't know/care. The collectable value of the Renegade is 3-6 times the other YJs. And if you look at my other vehicles, almost all of them were called "The ugliest" by some authority on the matter. I would much rather have a Jeep with a beachcomber body kit, than the same sheep-jeeps with flat fenders and lift kits that other jeople drive.

PS... My jeep has custom bench seats. Lololololol.

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The objection is less about the looks and more about the damage potential-Jeep fender flares were always designed to be totally minimal and easy and cheap to replace, because they're the parts that always get rubbed on a tree or rock in a tight corner or a lateral slide and get broken off or scraped.

That, and the fact that they seem to have made it into the ultimate tailgater vehicle by adding a porch large enough for 5 friends and a BBQ where the front bumper was.
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The objection is less about the looks and more about the damage potential-Jeep fender flares were always designed to be totally minimal and easy and cheap to replace, because they're the parts that always get rubbed on a tree or rock in a tight corner or a lateral slide and get broken off or scraped.

That, and the fact that they seem to have made it into the ultimate tailgater vehicle by adding a porch large enough for 5 friends and a BBQ where the front bumper was.
I hope the first part of your comment is a joke... Do you know what percentage of Jeep owners rock crawl their jeep? It's rare to even see jeep owners, who are INTO offroading, rock crawling.

Now let's follow the percentages... If only 5% of jeeps get rock crawled, then why do 99% of jeep owners need to drive pseudo-military vehicles?

To be fair, the Renegade fenders were designed to be cheap and easy to replace (why cast urethane). Chrysler didn't count on Jeep owners to be so close minded, and expected these puppies to sell like hot cakes. They didn't. So now I can't buy replacement fenders for it... Same story with that VW Thing, actually. More capable off road vehicle than most Jeeps, too... Will ford a river.

The bumper seats two, comfortably. Perfect for having a beer in the parking lot at the shop.

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