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Old 08-28-2015, 07:14 PM
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Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Left work few hours early today to get some mid-day fishing in, while off-road going to spot saw neat muddy puddle and decided to give it a try with new tires....

Bad idea, hole was steep and deep, and ripped off my from fascia....



Here's my Southern hillbilly quick repair to get home....notice red duct tape



I bought new push type rivets at NAPA so should be no problem putting back on, but I did break off the following tab on lower facia.......






what is best way to repair, is their an Epoxy that could hold, it broke off right at factory crease... I am holding it an inch away where it should be.

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Old 08-28-2015, 10:32 PM
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Ouch! Like a bandaid - quick but not necessarily painless. I've "fixed" other plastic breaks and tears by sort of welding the plastic using a older soldering iron and some similar filler plastic to melt the pieces together and reinforcing with more filler plastic. Won't have to be pretty but has worked for me in the past.


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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Thanks, before I start to heat plastic I thought I'd try an Epoxy. Just picked up JB Weld Plastic Epoxy. If its anything like regular JB Weld it should work well. I basically put epoxy on broken piece and fascia, top and bottom, put it in place, made about a 2" overlap on each side of tear, and we'll see how it goes.

I am not too terribly worried as all the other connections areas are in tack. The bright side of this fiasco is I now know how to remove lower fascia and take all apart. This will help with decision on lower protection options.

Although fascia got ripped off the Jeep had absolutely no problem in mud puddle. Even stopped in middle of it and backed up to get facia off ground.
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Oh my I got nothing in the help department, just sympathy. We all have done things like that. Next time go wheeling with a friend and make him go through first. I'm never first in line with our Jeep club in unfamiliar terrain, usually snug between some wranglers....just in case
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Let's just say I learned my lesson......kinda dumb heading into puddle you had no idea of depth....
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Sorry to see that. You need to know the type of plastic used in the facia and then find the appropriate epoxy. 3M is a good source.
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Put all back together, the worst was sump protector which had really bad cracks, a couple yards of duct tape and some plastic epoxy should make it hold until I get Chief Products sump Protector.

Bought new push-rivets with some spares to keep in Jeep.

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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Ouch!

Primarily the reason why that lower fascia needs to come off when going off road. Glad your fixed.
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

Most body plastics on domestic vehicles is ABS. I second what BigCat said. You can get a plastic welding kit and spare plastic types at Harbor Freight. Take your time and when done, sand the edges to feather the surface. If you want extra reinforcing, I recommend spreading some "kitty hair" on the inside surface about one inch past the three adjacent edges of the break.

Kitty hair is used to make custom door panels, speaker boxes and all manner of custom formed stuff. It is a combination of resin, fiberglass fibers (the hair) and a catalyst. It can be shaped, sanded and finished like Bondo but is much stronger as it is self-reinforcing. It also dries FAST.


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Most body plastics on domestic vehicles is ABS. I second what BigCat said. You can get a plastic welding kit and spare plastic types at Harbor Freight. Take your time and when done, sand the edges to feather the surface. If you want extra reinforcing, I recommend spreading some "kitty hair" on the inside surface about one inch past the three adjacent edges of the break.

Kitty hair is used to make custom door panels, speaker boxes and all manner of custom formed stuff. It is a combination of resin, fiberglass fibers (the hair) and a catalyst. It can be shaped, sanded and finished like Bondo but is much stronger as it is self-reinforcing. It also dries FAST.


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Excellent info - thanks. So far my JB plastic epoxy is holding up well but this info is good to know if I need a more robust solution.
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Re: Ripped Lower front Fascia off WK2

I keep my lower front fascia on with only 2 out of the 7 factory quarter turn fasteners. They are the hard to get to ones, that pin the fascia to the bumper. I have some custom bash plates blocking the other holes. Fascia seems fine with just the 2 fasteners holding it on.
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