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    Fiberglass body? Good/Bad?

    I'm looking at a 78' cj7 with a fiberglass body. What are advantages or disadvantages of this, is the jeep worth less now because of it? What should i look for to see if it was done right? Thanks

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    I think the only real advantages is that it won't rust and costs less money then a steel tub. Some people also think it's easier to fix fiberglass over steel. I know there is a lot of different fiberglass tubs out there of different quality. Some things to look for is thickness of the tub, one piece front end that I really don't like and no rear tail gate.

    For me it would not be a deal breaker but it also depends on how you are going to use the jeep.

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    You ever considered an aluminum tub? Aquala Industries sells one for $3700.00. They look to be well made. Not sure how they compare to the price of a glass one though.

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    I personally do not like them at all. They do not offer the ability to ground things easily in the vehicle and they are easily damaged offroad. If you plan to use this jeep for anything other than cruising on the street I would stay away from them. Hit a rock and they are toast, no ability to put rock gaurds on them, and just driving off road where the frame is flexing will eventually cause the fiberglass to crack. I would highly suggest metal was it me.

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    I love them, would never go back to steel. I've beaten mine up quite bad and where I probably been spending all my time fixing bent rusted steel tubs. I've hit the tub hard enough to bend the rear frame cross member and crush the tail light and do nothing to the tub other than a little touch up paint. I've bounced off things that ripped the mirrors off that would leave a steel tub looking like an old pop can. Rock rails? You can put them on if you need them. Most problems from frame stress usually happens because of improper mounting of the tub. They really don't like 4" body lifts. I push snow all winter long and never have a problem with temperature making it brittle or see any stress forming from pushing snow around. The only stress crack I have is on a fender were I hit a buck at 60 MPH and left my 'steel' grill a crumpled mess and the fender I lust had to pull out and throw a couple layers of glass mat to make it work.

    Rusted tubs aren't great for grounds either. Many, many post on poor grounds screwing up the electrical system and the smart owners run separate grounds even on steel tubs.

    CJ7 Fiberglass tubs do have tail gates. SO that will not be an issue.

    If you're planning on using your CJ as a Daily Drive anywhere north of the Mason Dixon line, I would go fiberglass or you'll just watch your investment rot away. But since you live in Texas, I bet you'll never see salt unless your on the beach so either way would be great but the steel tub would be easier to attach.

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    I am headed out to pick up a CJ5 fiberglass tub, fenders, hood, winshield and dash this weekend from Shell Valley. After doing lots of research, I agree with John, I think the glass will be much better than the 28 year old steel tub I have now. Also, I would never rely on the body for grounds, alway run a common back to the battery. I think most car manufactures got away from using body ground years ago (lots of plastic nowdays anyway). In Texas (Gulf Coast area) you have lots of moisture and body is not good for grounds.... I realize this is my opinion and they all differ but my 2 cents....

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    Ive always liked a solid sturdy steel body

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    Who is the manufacture of your tub and where'd you get it?

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    I've beaten mine up quite bad.
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