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Old 05-18-2015, 04:00 PM
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I like chrome. I'm thinking about putting a swan on my hood.

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You are, as well...but some of us do take offense to what we prefer being called "tacky".

Stripes mixed with polka dots is tacky. Fake stick on wood trim is tacky (unlike the real stuff, which is classy). Chrome is just a preference, and one I happen to have.

I grew up in an era where cars were intended to to sparkle and shine. I still love chrome on a truck or a large luxury vehicle. I like it on darker colors because it adds a nice amount of contrast, the way white with black trim does. It also gives it an assertive appearance that says, "that's right, I'm driving here..."

Little cars look like they're trying to hard when they have chrome, though. Sports cars look silly with it since it implies you've added something heavy (real chrome is heavy - though very little is real anymore) to a fast vehicle.
Well said. When i was younger (only 29 now) i use to think the same as others have commented on the chrome. I guess it's more when i was into sportier things. Now as i grow older and have a family and bills to worry about, i enjoy other things more. I think it's something that eventually grows on people as well. Do i think chrome works on all things? Probably not, but in my case i think the chrome looks just fine. Along with the other parts of the car that are in chrome. Mine's the black on black so maybe that has something to do with it but either way everyone has their personal tastes and i think just give it time it will either grow on you or not.

Looking back when i was a kid, i use to spend time with friends modding cars and what not, and now when i see them driving around i laugh at some of the things i see. But i do think back to when i was their age once and just realize its all part of life what you do during those phases. The great thing is it's your toy and do what you like
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:40 PM
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So, your mirrors and window trim are going to look great in a few years and they'll be cool to the touch, but the rest of your Jeep will, as you say, fade quite a bit and be on fire...
Mine won't.... Yours will. Black = BAD in the desert. White = GOOD in the desert. Here is my 1991 F-150 after 24 years. Note the chrome mirrors. If it was black it would look like a Kingsford briquette. Besides, the whole blacked out look has been done to death. A bit like paneling in living rooms in the 60's. That, and the fact black cars stay clean for about 12 minutes after they're washed. That is providing you don't drive them.

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I installed some stainless steel sill guards to protect the paint from short people getting in and out.

They aren't OEM, but half the price (around $40). The result is, the type faces don't match the vehicle lettering perfectly, but it's close enough and they won't appear in direct view of each other.

They stick on with the same 3M tape that some of the Jeep decorations attach with.

I had to very slightly bend the rear door covers in order to place them exactly where I wanted them due to the curve of the sill. They're kind of small, but should still serve their purpose. Some of the reviewers actually mention the size as a negative, but overall people seem happy with them. It would be nice if they had been built to fit the curve so they could be longer.

The fronts went on without any modification.

I ordered them delivered directly from the factory in China, so they took about 3 weeks to arrive. The packing looked a bit sketchy, but it held up well and protected the guards. The were individually bagged and packed inside a block of foam that was then wrapped completely with tape for shipping. I did have to buff out a few marks from the plastic bags rubbing on them, though. The marks came out with little effort.

So far, I'm happy with them. We'll see how they hold up long term:


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Network, those are beautiful! Have you got a link to where you got them?
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Mine won't.... Yours will. Black = BAD in the desert. White = GOOD in the desert. Here is my 1991 F-150 after 24 years. Note the chrome mirrors. If it was black it would look like a Kingsford briquette. Besides, the whole blacked out look has been done to death. A bit like paneling in living rooms in the 60's. That, and the fact black cars stay clean for about 12 minutes after they're washed. That is providing you don't drive them.


I'm jealous of you guys in Arizona. No road salt. Nice truck billt.


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Old 05-18-2015, 07:51 PM
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You are, as well...but some of us do take offense to what we prefer being called "tacky".
I wasn't trying to upset anyone or say anyone's specific Jeep was tacky. That person asked why we didn't like them and I replied. Simple as that and just my opinion on why I wouldn't want them on mine.

I think age is irrelevant honestly and don't consider myself a chrome hater either or one for the all "blacked out" look and I actually can't stand that tired phrase people love to throw out. I'm all about having a nice contrast too and have left some of the chrome/silver accents on mine to help break up the dark colors here-and-there. Overall, I think Jeeps use of chrome on these WK2s was grossly overdone and only added to the appearance of a few colors, while the rest were brought down by reflected coated plastic that was meant to appear as real chrome...

And I completely agree. Do what you wiil to your own ride. I only commented because someone asked.
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I'm jealous of you guys in Arizona. No road salt. Nice truck billt.
Thanks. It really is nice out here. Coming from Illinois where I was born and raised, and lived for 38 years, Arizona was a welcome relief. My new Jeep is coming up on 45 days old, and it has yet to get it's tires wet.... Except when I washed it.

The absence of rain / snow / salt really keeps a vehicle nice. It's only enemy out here is UV light. In Illinois, I remember seeing cars with cancer, (rust through) in as little as 4 years. My mother used to go through a complete exhaust system every year, manifolds to tailpipe. She only drove short trips. She never burned the condensation out of the inside, and the rain, snow, and salt destroyed it from the outside. The rust met in the middle.

About every 12 months she would wind up hitting a deep pothole, and her muffler and tailpipe went sliding down the street. I'm guessing now with Stainless Steel exhaust systems it's somewhat better. But you can never pull into a muffler shop there without hearing air chisels at work. You don't unscrew anything there. You either chisel or torch it off.
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Thanks. It really is nice out here. Coming from Illinois where I was born and raised, and lived for 38 years, Arizona was a welcome relief. My new Jeep is coming up on 45 days old, and it has yet to get it's tires wet.... Except when I washed it.

The absence of rain / snow / salt really keeps a vehicle nice. It's only enemy out here is UV light. In Illinois, I remember seeing cars with cancer, (rust through) in as little as 4 years. My mother used to go through a complete exhaust system every year, manifolds to tailpipe. She only drove short trips. She never burned the condensation out of the inside, and the rain, snow, and salt destroyed it from the outside. The rust met in the middle.

About every 12 months she would wind up hitting a deep pothole, and her muffler and tailpipe went sliding down the street. I'm guessing now with Stainless Steel exhaust systems it's somewhat better. But you can never pull into a muffler shop there without hearing air chisels at work. You don't unscrew anything there. You either chisel or torch it off.

Ah yes, the lovely rust belt. I hose my vehicles off every night after use during the winter. I'm fortunate enough to have a heated garage and I run a dehumidifier to take the moisture out of the air. It slows the rust down, but it's still a losing battle.

You just don't see very many well kept older trucks around here like yours. 👍🏻


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Ah yes, the lovely rust belt. I hose my vehicles off every night after use during the winter. I'm fortunate enough to have a heated garage and I run a dehumidifier to take the moisture out of the air. It slows the rust down, but it's still a losing battle.

You just don't see very many well kept older trucks around here like yours. ����
I know exactly where you're coming from. This is from back in 1978 in Illinois, when I was going through my, "I had to have a Vette", phase. It ended my love affair with Vette's and black cars. Between the 90 day Summers, (June, July, and August), of which half the time it's either raining, or else threatening to, I could never drive it without having to wash the damn thing the next day. I'm 6' 2", 220 and I never could get used to sitting on the floor with my legs stretched out in front of me.

Forget driving it on snow. It was a total joke. A wreck waiting to happen. The thing sat 9 months out of the year. I sold it after 3 years with only 6K miles on it. Like everything else, I'm sure the newer ones are much better.... And YES, the mirrored glass T-Tops leaked like a sieve.

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LOL... God, how I remember those leaky GM T-tops.
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LOL... God, how I remember those leaky GM T-tops.
2 guys I worked with back then both bought "Smokey & The Bandit" 6.6 Liter, black and gold Trans Am's. They came with the Hurst glass T-Tops that were very similar to mine. Both leaked so bad they had to cover them with plastic when it rained while they were at work. They both took them back to the dealer over and over, having the weather stripping replaced countless times. They finally just gave up. Mine weren't quite that bad. But they leaked no matter what I did.

As Lee Iacocca once said about the auto industry in the 70's.... "We put out a lot of crap."
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I know exactly where you're coming from. This is from back in 1978 in Illinois, when I was going through my, "I had to have a Vette", phase. It ended my love affair with Vette's and black cars. Between the 90 day Summers, (June, July, and August), of which half the time it's either raining, or else threatening to, I could never drive it without having to wash the damn thing the next day. I'm 6' 2", 220 and I never could get used to sitting on the floor with my legs stretched out in front of me.

Forget driving it on snow. It was a total joke. A wreck waiting to happen. The thing sat 9 months out of the year. I sold it after 3 years with only 6K miles on it. Like everything else, I'm sure the newer ones are much better.... And YES, the mirrored glass T-Tops leaked like a sieve.


Sure was a beautiful design though. My dad had a 79' white with red interior. It only had 20k miles on it when he sold it in 1996. I only got to drive it one time. It definitely looked faster than it was. He also had a 84', 86' and 88' Monte Carlo SS's that were his daily drivers. The body's would only last a couple years before they started rusting so he'd turn them over every couple years. I still have a thing for those SS's today, squeaky, leaky T-tops and all. The build quality also left something to be desired, but I always remember working on those cars with my Dad while listening to the Bruce Williams show in the garage. Great memories of my Dad. Anyway back to the topic.


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