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wayoflife
08-28-2018, 11:54 PM
As much as Cindy and I love the way the all new Jeep JL Wrangler Rubicon Fenders look, we're completely dumbfounded by the fact that they have these huge gravel catching gaps between them and the body. I mean, of all the models made, the Rubicon is the one thatíll most likely see playtime off road and someone at Jeep had to of known that this was going to be a problem. Of course, what's even more frustrating is that it doesnít take much to fix this problem and automotive manufacturers have been doing it for almost a century now. What these fenders need, is some welting.

After being annoyed to no end having to phish out small rocks, gravel and coarse sand every time we went off-roading, I did some research and found a rubber seal that should work well as a welt. made out of the same material that you find along the edges of your doors, it's weather proof, durable, won't effect your paint and most importantly, it's cheap. In this episode of the JL JOURNAL, Iíll show you just how easy it is to install and how you can fix this annoying rocks in the fender problem, once and for all.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT7qth6Dh34&feature=youtu.be

What You'll Need25 Feet - Trim-Lok Rubber Tubing Seal .276Ē Outside Diameter
https://amzn.to/2PFIIHt

Plastic Trim Tool Set
https://amzn.to/2BP1WHP

Please let me know if you have any questions. :cool:

TrainWreck618
08-29-2018, 12:02 AM
That works well[emoji106] nice fix. Should have come from the factory with something similar


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wayoflife
08-29-2018, 12:04 AM
That works well[emoji106] nice fix. Should have come from the factory with something similar


Thanks and I couldn't agree more.

TrailHunter
08-29-2018, 12:10 AM
The beginning of the video was funny... (was I the only one laughing?).... Perfect Fix! I thought for sure you would have to get a welt with a "leg" that got sandwiched between the fender & body.... this is much simpler.

wayoflife
08-29-2018, 12:15 AM
The beginning of the video was funny... (was I the only one laughing?).... Perfect Fix! I thought for sure you would have to get a welt with a "leg" that got sandwiched between the fender & body.... this is much simpler.

LOL!! Glad you found the video humorous. :D

I had looked far and near for a welt that would work best and had considered using one with a leg but found that most were a bit big for my needs. This stuff fit the gap just right. :yup:

jeeeep
08-29-2018, 01:31 AM
I hate it when rocks get caught in the crack...usually have to pull over and walk it off :cheesy:

Great idea and didn't have to remove the fenders :thumb:

Sudz
08-29-2018, 01:44 AM
What You'll Need25 Feet - Trim-Lok Rubber Tubing Seal .276Ē Outside Diameter
https://amzn.to/2PFIIHtEddie, you must have bought the last 25' roll.

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock

98XJ06LJ
08-29-2018, 02:06 AM
Great job on resolving what is a ridiculous oversight on Jeeps part. Still can't believe that after the two years or so that they spent on development of the JL that someone didn't notice that. Must have been the top secret covers they had on them when they drove them off-road that kept the rocks out. Maybe Jeep should offer a free set of padded covers with every new JL sold. 😂🤣

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wayoflife
08-29-2018, 02:13 AM
I hate it when rocks get caught in the crack...usually have to pull over and walk it off :cheesy:

Great idea and didn't have to remove the fenders :thumb:

:cheesy:

I always try to find easy solutions :cool:


Eddie, you must have bought the last 25' roll.

Currently unavailable.
We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock

LOL!! There have been a few thousand people who've watched the video in just the first hour of releasing it. I think everyone tried to buy it all at once. :crazyeyes:

wayoflife
08-29-2018, 02:14 AM
Great job on resolving what is a ridiculous oversight on Jeeps part. Still can't believe that after the two years or so that they spent on development of the JL that someone didn't notice that. Must have been the top secret covers they had on them when they drove them off-road that kept the rocks out. Maybe Jeep should offer a free set of padded covers with every new JL sold. 😂🤣

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LOL!! It really is such a dumb thing that got overlooked for sure.

tomines
08-29-2018, 03:06 AM
Thanks for providing such a simple solution. Amazon is out of stock but I found more on grainger.com. See the following link

Chris1015
08-29-2018, 03:40 AM
Wow nice work..I thought I was resigned to my fate of those damn little pebbles forever to ride free wherever I roam. 🤡

benatc1
08-29-2018, 03:40 AM
Very nice, simple easy fix. Can hardly notice it either


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wayoflife
08-29-2018, 03:55 AM
Thanks for providing such a simple solution. Amazon is out of stock but I found more on grainger.com. See the following link

Welcome to WAYALIFE. While I'm glad that you found a different source, I hope you don't mind that I removed your link and can be understanding of the fact that purchases made though the Amazon link I provided helps support this forum.


Wow nice work..I thought I was resigned to my fate of those damn little pebbles forever to ride free wherever I roam. 🤡

Glad that I could be of help :cool:


Very nice, simple easy fix. Can hardly notice it either

Thanks :)

longarmwj
08-29-2018, 03:02 PM
Dammit Eddie, don't ya know those areas were specifically designed to collect rocks and vegetation to later replant in the environment!? How do you think Jeep is meeting current environmental guidelines?

Now thanks to your easy, smart, cheap, and resourceful technique you have undone years and millions of dollars of FCAs hard work :naw::doh::cheesy:

Slimebones
08-30-2018, 12:51 AM
Good call Eddie. Those pebbles would eventually wear through the paint from vibration and rust would follow. And I hate rust!

jesse3638
08-30-2018, 01:46 AM
Glad you found a pretty simple solution.

Side note, I can't wait to hear the comments on the music. Was the "anti-rock" music coincidental or on purpose considering this fix was anti-rock?...haha

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wayoflife
08-30-2018, 03:58 AM
Dammit Eddie, don't ya know those areas were specifically designed to collect rocks and vegetation to later replant in the environment!? How do you think Jeep is meeting current environmental guidelines?

Now thanks to your easy, smart, cheap, and resourceful technique you have undone years and millions of dollars of FCAs hard work :naw::doh::cheesy:

:cheesy: Too funny :D


Good call Eddie. Those pebbles would eventually wear through the paint from vibration and rust would follow. And I hate rust!

That's what I was afraid of and what I wanted to prevent.


Glad you found a pretty simple solution.

Side note, I can't wait to hear the comments on the music. Was the "anti-rock" music coincidental or on purpose considering this fix was anti-rock?...haha


:cheesy: OMG, you're killing me :cheesy:

Mozarkid
08-30-2018, 11:30 PM
LOL, everything you linked is sold out!
You broke Amazon!
But there are other options...
there's a decent 11 piece nylon tool set (holds up better than the other plastics) & there is a solid core version of the rubber tube. Ordered that and it's here now - have to wait for the weekend to see how well it stays in place.
Enjoying your ideas, Eddie!

hinrichs
08-31-2018, 05:44 PM
Surprised that they would let that go from factory. Looks better to me with the welting installed in there than a large gap like it had.

Trail JK
08-31-2018, 08:41 PM
Nice fix! [emoji1303][emoji95]


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wwood
08-31-2018, 10:25 PM
LOL, everything you linked is sold out!
You broke Amazon!
But there are other options...
there's a decent 11 piece nylon tool set (holds up better than the other plastics) & there is a solid core version of the rubber tube. Ordered that and it's here now - have to wait for the weekend to see how well it stays in place.
Enjoying your ideas, Eddie!

Thanks to Eddie and you for the tips! Let us know how the .25" round solid core version of the TrimLoc rubber seal works, I am ready to order the solid if it fits the crack as well as the tubing version.

jdofmemi
09-01-2018, 04:36 AM
Last time I had a welt, it hurt.

This however is a painless solution to a problem that shouldn't be a problem to begin with.

aggrex
09-01-2018, 04:17 PM
Great solution for a simple problem that will only get worse if the rock pebbles are ignored. Sort of reminds me of my OCD with not ignoring big pebbles or glass or nails in the tires discovered during tire rotations.

Mozarkid
09-01-2018, 05:04 PM
Just installed the solid core welt. It works, probably better long term, than the hollow core. Both will fail over the years anyway. Use what you can get.

My notes:
Wow, I had no idea of the amount of leaf, dirt, bug and pine needle debris I would have to clean out...
The solid core material requires more of a crush, so it will elongate more. So, start at one end and cut the other end off after it's installed.
The rear fender flare has a deep gap. Don't push the welting all the way to the bottom/back - the goal is not to create a "seal" - it's simply for trash rejection.
I had about 5-1/2 feet left over. I cut it in half and put a second layer at the top of the rear fender flares.

Hope that helps.
Great idea Eddie, thank you.

notnalc68
09-01-2018, 07:59 PM
Thatís a great idea, and it looks good. Once again, nice job on the video!


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wwood
09-01-2018, 10:21 PM
Mozar, thanks for the update, just ordered the solid core, Amazon has it in stock, $15 for 25 feet.

Allenn
09-05-2018, 01:48 AM
Thanks for the tip! Small rocks are scratching my paint up some kind of bad trying to get them out.