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Old 08-29-2011, 09:35 PM
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Replacing passenger side fender

Currently my 01 Jeep Grand Cherokee WJ Laredo 4x2, has a nasty rust problem on the passenger side back fender, I've been researching methods on repairing rust, but the rust has ate the metal, and there is no metal behind it.

I've been told to go to a repair shop.. but that's a $800(this is an assumption because I think all body shops overprice for repairs of any magnitude, but I totally understand their prices.. fixing cars is hard work) fix.. and I love my Jeep, but it's not worth that much to me to repair it. I've thought about getting some fiberglass and molding it to exact the shape and then fill the area with bondo, and prime, and spray it to match.. not sure how it would hold up though. I've got no welding supplies, so I wouldn't be able to get some sheet metal to fix it that way.

I've been looking around at junkyards online and looking if I could pickup a passenger side fender and install it myself or something like that.. I found this: http://www.usedpartslive.com/catalog...3742+1557+9206

But, I don't think the Jeep's sides are divided that way, I looked at it and it looks more like it's a whole side thing..

Anyone with experiences in rust repair, or car repair on WJ's that can provide some insight?

*I'll upload some pictures tomorrow when it's light outside!*
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

Replacing the entire fender should be easy. Have it painted and bolt in on carefully (so you don't scratch it). Since your Jeep is 11 years old, the old paint is most likely faded and the new fender won't be the same shade.
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

If your statement is true that is is the REAR passenger side, then it is part of the unibody and not a removable part (without using a torch or plasma cutter).

Maybe you could post a picture to clarify.
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If your statement is true that is is the REAR passenger side, then it is part of the unibody and not a removable part (without using a torch or plasma cutter).

Maybe you could post a picture to clarify.
I didn't even notice that. I saw "fender" from the OP and the link showed front fenders. Yeah, the rear fender is more difficult than the front.
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

Here are some pictures of the rust damage;







Ideas? >.<
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

Based on the pictures, that's part of your quarter panel (not fender) and that particular section is refered to as the "dog leg."
The front fenders are bolt on and easy to replace, however the rear quarter panels are structural parts and are welded. To repair this spot properly is a job for the pros. Given how much rust is shown in that section, I'm willing to bet you have rust in other places and it's just a matter of time before it becomes a cosmetic issue.
If it were my car I would either live with it or do a quick fix and save the $800 towards a rust free replacement GC.
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

If that was my Jeep, I would cut it out, get bigger tires, and put on fender flairs. To replace it properly is going to cost some money. Like Fredoin said, I'm sure there's a bunch of rust hiding under tha paint.
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

Heh, you guys are right.. I've got some rust here and there :-P

Should I just get some Color matching spray paint and paint over it?
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Heh, you guys are right.. I've got some rust here and there :-P

Should I just get some Color matching spray paint and paint over it?
Rust is cancer for cars. You can not paint it and make it stop or go away. The only way to stop the rust from spreading is to cut it out.
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Re: Replacing passenger side fender

Hey, get an estimate at a body shop...can't hurt...estimates are free.

If you grind down to bare metal, bondo holes, prime, and paint, it would be a lot less obvious and may hold up for a little while. Cutting it out and welding in new metal is the only REAL solution though.
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Hey, get an estimate at a body shop...can't hurt...estimates are free.

If you grind down to bare metal, bondo holes, prime, and paint, it would be a lot less obvious and may hold up for a little while. Cutting it out and welding in new metal is the only REAL solution though.
The whole section is rust, there is no metal behind it :-P, I would love to be able to cut it and do all the fancy work, but that's out of my spectrum.. I was wondering if I should buy some matching vinyl, or something and cover it up(yes I know it's cancer, and my jeep's got plenty of cancer but for covering it up) if I did that and color matched it I think it might look good.. I'll take it to the shop in the coming week and see what an actual estimate might look like..

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The whole section is rust, there is no metal behind it :-P, I would love to be able to cut it and do all the fancy work, but that's out of my spectrum.. I was wondering if I should buy some matching vinyl, or something and cover it up(yes I know it's cancer, and my jeep's got plenty of cancer but for covering it up) if I did that and color matched it I think it might look good.. I'll take it to the shop in the coming week and see what an actual estimate might look like..

Good luck man! Another idea might be to coat the entire "bulged" area in bedliner and then paint over that with a color coat...that way the whole area is "textured" and the rust will blend in. Regardless, covering it up is just that....covering it up. Won't last very long, especially with winter around the corner, but it might buy you some time.
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