Jeep owners can attest to the fact that Jeeps do not live pampered lives, and that’s part of what we love about them. There’s nothing like driving on very difficult trails that most other vehicles simply could not handle.
Jeep Body Parts: What You Need to Know
Jeep owners can attest to the fact that Jeeps do not live pampered lives, and that’s part of what we love about them. There’s nothing like driving on very difficult trails that most other vehicles simply could not handle. Jeeps can take a beating, but even the most rugged Jeep is going to experience wear and tear from repeated driving, especially on particularly rough trails. How much a Jeep can endure largely depends on what parts your Jeep has. The better the parts, the more the Jeep can endure.
It is ultimately up to you to decide how you want to invest in your vehicle. Drivers that use their Jeep as a primary vehicle, or who just want to go on long stretches without any replacements will want to invest in higher quality body parts.
Replacing Body Panels vs. Replacing the Whole Body
One of the difficult decisions you may have to make is whether you should replace the whole body of the Jeep, or just replace panels along the body. Replacing panels on your Jeep means that you can easily replace a section where there may be damage due to rust or deep dents. You may also want to change them out for purely aesthetic reasons, or because you want to upgrade the strength of your ride for off-roading capabilities. Replacing body panels is typically cheaper if you don’t mind doing the replacements yourself. Replacing body panels is initially intimidating, but not overly difficult. The most complicated part of replacing body panels is welding pieces of steel in place. Welding itself is not very difficult, but welding Jeep panels is not recommended for first timers. Many body shops can easily complete this job, and for the added protection it offers, it’s worth it.
In comparison, replacing the whole body of a Jeep is much more expensive, and it is not something that is easy to do. However, replacing the whole body is essentially a makeover for the Jeep. Barring any unfortunate accidents, the Jeep should only need minimal maintenance to keep it in good condition for many years. However, this time can be if you take their Jeep through rough terrain without the proper upgrades in place.
Investing in Body Tubs
If your Jeep has seen better days and all of the abuse and fun that its endured has left it looking like a refuge from a war, then you may opt for a Jeep body tub. Jeep body tubs include a number of parts, including rear wheel housings, front cowl and dash panels, glove box and rear fenders. Additionally, most body tubs come with the option of ordering front fenders, tailgate and grille panels and a hood. They come in several types, depending on what type of restomod you are after. Most often offered in rust-proof aluminum or fiberglass, they can really bring back the original mojo of your vehicle. All of these parts are easy to install because you just match up the parts to the factory mounting spots on the Jeep. If you are going to go off-road, and if you own a Jeep, it’s almost a given, then you will need to make sure that the important areas are able to handle the task at hand. Check your suspension, lift, tires, engine, and safety features. Consider adding sliders and rails to keep you off the rocks.