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Well - I finally decided to tear apart my FJ40 and re-do the cosmetics (i.e. paint, diamond plate, rear bumper,interior lining, etc).

First comes the rear corners. Who makes the best fitting and strongest diamond plate for my Cruiser? I currently have some aluminum corners in a "5-bar" design, but am looking at the steel corners from Cool Cruisers. Anyone else have any experience with these?
 

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IMO, the rear tub panels create the perfect place for future rust problems. If your corners are of questionable status now, give them 1-2 years with the plate over the top and you'll have nothing left.

You'll be happier in the long run with sliders to keep the body off the obstacles rather than just diamond panels.
 

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...or if your body is shot like mine and you want to cover it up with Diamond Plate, CCOT makes a great fitting set of Diamond Plate.

Just POR 15 the 1/4 panel and slap on the plate!

Cover up your problems..... <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I've had steel diamond plate corners on mine for over 10 years. Just make sure you coat them really good with paint (both the diamond plate and the body tub).

If you are really concerned about cosmetics then maybe stainless (if it is made in diamond plate) or really thick aluminum would be best. I think that 3/8" aluminum would work out pretty good.
You will probably have to make your own though <IMG SRC="smilies/frown.gif" border="0">


BTW, the steel is much much harder to dent than the aluminum ones.

The dents I have are small but were caused by large things (one was a rock the size of a vw bug that I was pushing around trying to maneuver on a trail at funny rocks, another was the bumper of a 74 dodge that was trying to spray me with a mud rooster tail while doing a donut...(we collided), and the last dent was from leaning the whole cruiser on the quarter panel on a stump.
 

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Who other than CCoT makes steel diamond plate corners for a FJ40? I just got a reply (very prompt, I might add) from CCoT stating they no longer make the steel diamond plate corners.

This adds an interesting twist...maybe I am destined to start bending more steel tubing for custom rear protection.
 

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okay this was a lot of work but on my shorty 1981 model, (same procedure for older rigs) i removed the standard rear 'bumper' its all riveted on, need grinder, and patience, i then got me some 14mm 'C' channel, which is 150mm high, the standard one was 100mm so 2 inch body lift, you could use a 100mm bar but i wanted higher, it sticks out 25mm, further than the stock one and protects the ass REAL good, home tow point in the middle at the with hayman reece proper tongue to go in it! i also have moved teh rear tail lights up into the tailgate (trailer lights) wanted LEDs but couldnt find any that looked pretty, and where the lights normally are in the rear bumper, i have put a chassis hook on either side (off a century class freightliner) bolted to the chassis, and teh new bumper hold on mounts.
benefits are kickass rear protection, 3 tow points on the rear (i hang with nissans and jeeps a fair bit, and they require a lot of assistance) lights are all the way up high, no mud, and water in them, it looks sexxy, and im trying to figure out a way to mount my spare tyre to that instead of the tub!
it has improved the departure angle also! but likely increased teh wieght a fair bit!!!

i have photos if you want to email me
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Diamond plate is <IMG SRC="smilies/rainbow.gif" border="0"> .
As soon as you hit something hard the gaps start opening up then comes ugly quarter panels and rust.
 

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the only way to do diamond plate right is to do it yourself...usually involves ratchet straps and a big man, but can be made really tough. just be sure to clean all the rust and coat the rear panel with undercoating,silicone or something like that before applying the diamond plate.
 

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A buddy of mine in the Northeast welded really thick steel diamond plate to the rear corners of his FJ40 tub as reinforcement. Looks great (he painted them body colored) and I've seen them take hits on rocks that would have mangled the stock steel.

As for the aluminum d-plate, I think it's a personal thing, mostly for looks.
 

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A buddy of mine in the Northeast welded really thick steel diamond plate to the rear corners of his FJ40 tub as reinforcement. Looks great (he painted them body colored) and I've seen them take hits on rocks that would have mangled the stock steel.

As for the aluminum d-plate, I think it's a personal thing, mostly for looks.
 

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Originally posted by FJ4ZROX:
[QB]Who other than CCoT makes steel diamond plate corners for a FJ40? I just got a reply (very prompt, I might add) from CCoT stating they no longer make the steel diamond plate corners.
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Bruce -

This may be because the CCot corners did not fit. I bought a set, and they took them back.

BTW - My corners were perfect, and I know that the AL strengthened them, and that helped a lot in a recent triple roll...

I sealed them well before I put them on, so I doubt that I will have any rust problems.

Jim
 

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Thanx for the reply - Jim.

Been a while since I last chatted with you. I remembered you had the CCoT corners, but could not find your e-mail. Maybe I'll just order up a new set of AL corners. I had planned on removing the existing ones for body repair prior to painting and wanted some new ones to complete the cosmetic portion of the rebuild. Paint, corners, interior lining and my rear bumper with tire carrier/cooler rack (currently running Danny Warden's rack/carrier that bolt onto the tub). The list grows shorter <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">

Actually CCoT stated the reason to discontinue the corners was their "Bumper man" retired and he also did the diamond plate bending.

Anyway - thanx to all....
 
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