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Old 05-12-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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Anybody have an idea what to use for gap guards? I'm going to design new ones to cover the space between frame and body in the front wheel wells. The OE units don't fit w/ the 2" body lift. There is a real good writeup on the national board, which is very helpful.
Everybody says to use pond liner...BUT; I've been to Big-R, Murdoch's, Ace Hardware, and Lowes and haven't found anything that will work. The first 3 stops don't even carry pond liner. The pond liner material is incredibly expensive, and far too rigid to use for this application anyway. Basic construction film is available at Lowes in black 2, 4 or 6mil but it isn't sturdy enough. I'm out of ideas.
The material needs to be similar to the OE Material. This means it's got to be somewhat thick, flexible, and durable, and available in sizes at least a few square feet. I'm open to suggestions! Be creative!
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Old 05-12-2006, 02:39 PM   #2
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in response to my own question; I found some shower liner at Home Depot, 20mil, PVC. It's perfect. Except that it's gray. I'm gonna use it anyway.
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Old 05-12-2006, 05:30 PM   #3
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take that stuff back, check for pond lining at home depot, someone on yotatech has a write up, I also want to do this, but i keep putting it off.
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haha or try some rv dealers and order some rubber roof material.... alot thinner and it streches. only downfall is one side is white other side is black
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I like the material I got. It's perfect except for the color. I'm gonna experiment though, and try some rubberized undercoating. If it adheres to the PVC material, I'm good to go.
The dude on TTORA national board used some little self tapping screws, but I'm just gonna get some new plastic retainer tabs from CARQUEST and secure the new gap guards using the old holes in the body and frame.
If this little project doesn't work, I've at least got a good template to use in the future.
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can u get a handful of those plastic retainer tabs? i could use a few
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Lol! I'll get some for everybody (sell 'em at the Swap Meet, lol!)
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check out northwest offroad, they make those for toys
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Toyota wants a buck and a half each for those retainers! So I told 'em to forget it, and got a free cup of coffee out of the deal, probably the only free thing I'll ever get from the dealership again. There are better retaining clips at CARQUEST that I'm getting for 10 cents a piece!
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