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Old November 20th, 2003, 13:22
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cutting rear quater panel, no really cutting.

I'm thinking about cutting my XJ's rear quater off somewhere close to the top of the rear flare back/under the filler lid. Can this be doen from those that have been inside this area? I wanna cut off whats in red of this pic.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...03#post2167303


can't post the pic so I'll link it.
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Old November 20th, 2003, 13:33
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It is relatively easy to trim the lower quarter panel off (fold up the sheet metal and close everything back up and off you go.

If you trim farther up that quarter panel you have to rework the filler lines, add sheet metal to protect the inner fender, and add massive mud flaps so that it is still street legal. All this work and you now make the tail lights more vulnerable, gas filler more vulnerable, and make is much much much more difficult to keep the inside of the truck insulated from the fender (basically creating a whole new wheel well inside).

Plus that area is not that vulnerable anyway for a normal DD/trail rig.

If you are going to go to that much work, I would move the tail lights inboard and create a whole new wheel well and hack the body work up to the crease in the body (just below the rear windows and continue it around and remove the tail light structure also.

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Old November 20th, 2003, 13:42
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Cutting that section of bdy structure is the worst thing you could do to an XJ.

Unless you're going to cage the whole thing tied in everywhere.

That back lower section tied to the rear crossmember is real important to keeping the rear of the rig together.

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Old November 20th, 2003, 14:21
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Cutting that section of bdy structure is the worst thing you could do to an XJ.

Unless you're going to cage the whole thing tied in everywhere.

That back lower section tied to the rear crossmember is real important to keeping the rear of the rig together.

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Where were you when I asked this question 6 months ago Now I'm having to deal with a wrinled body
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Old November 20th, 2003, 17:31
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Re: cutting rear quater panel, no really cutting.

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I'm thinking about cutting my XJ's rear quater off somewhere close to the top of the rear flare back/under the filler lid. Can this be doen from those that have been inside this area? I wanna cut off whats in red of this pic.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...03#post2167303


can't post the pic so I'll link it.
Hey who has been tagging my 1/4 panel
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Old November 20th, 2003, 17:43
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Richard, your rig looks like it works VERY well. I noticed that you made some panels that either bolt or rivit to the body that cover the gaps. Instead of welding the gaps shut on my rig, I'm thinking about making some cover panels made from say, 3/16" steel and bent using a break and then bolting them to the body. Have you had any problems out of your solution, ie: random dents in the body and wrinkling? To date, I don't have any dents or wrinklage that resulted from cutting the quarters.

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Old November 20th, 2003, 17:43
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sorry for hacking your quarter panel fullsizexj,

You have all seen Bart Jacobson XYJ right. I want to the same thing but not using a YJ rear tub but the XJ body. I'm going to get rid of the stock tailights and run LEDs instead with that rear sectioned filled in. I realize that you would have to make a new rear fender to cover the fill lines and make it look decent. I don't want a wrinkled body though. How did that happen?

I'm not worried about being street legal all that much. MT and SD cops don't really hasle wheelers much. Heck people run tube buggies up and down the roads with no problems.

This is the first step in my twisted plan. Next is an Exo cage tied in the frame/uni body. Possible interior cage may follow.
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Old November 20th, 2003, 17:46
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They seem to work fine so far but they will be coming off soon as I have a few more sick ideas I am planning
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Old November 20th, 2003, 17:55
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Where were you when I asked this question 6 months ago Now I'm having to deal with a wrinled body
wrinkled body for just cutting off the part below the tail light, or did you cut all the way up to the bottom of the gas filler door flap? ive cut to the bottom of the light as have a bunch of others with only gains and no drawback. gotta pic?

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Old November 20th, 2003, 22:46
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any more comments?
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Old November 21st, 2003, 12:58
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Once the rear quarters are moved upto the filler level, it becomes difficult to brace the weakened structure and still use the stock filler location. However, the filler hose can easily be relocated.

I have a few pics if you want another option for raised quarters.


http://f1.pg.photos.yahoo.com/kaczman98


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Old November 21st, 2003, 13:04
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You got that thing running yet Jon? You didn't make BOTWII and I don't think you made the recent Moab get together, did you? Jeff
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Old November 21st, 2003, 13:13
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Nope. I'm afraid of getting blisters on my baby soft hands, so I only work on it an hour a month. I finally finished the subframe and flat skid. Now I need to finish to front 44, suspension, and steering.






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Old November 21st, 2003, 14:51
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Kaczman,

That exactly what I want to do. Would an exo stiffen it up enough? more pics would be great.
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Old November 21st, 2003, 16:18
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I prefer interior cages due to the fact they are easier to triangulate/cross brace. But, a well designed exo-cage will definately help stiffen the rear.

You could also run an exo in the front, and an interior C-pillar hoop with down bars to the D-pillar (similar to Beezil's version 1.0).

What else would you like to see? I'll snap a few more pics and add 'em to the folder.

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