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Unread 11-01-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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Unhappy Damaged 470 ------> Please Help Me!!

I was involved in an accident at a time that I had inadvertently let my insurance lapse

I have had the vehicle for about 1 year. I bought it from a friend for a smoking deal that I could not pass up.

As you can see from the pictures, the damage is significant. I have put about $2700 into it now to get the mechanical stuff underneath fixed.

My delimma; given I have no insurance I am going to have to foot the entire bill. I love my 470, but honestly I am not a huge fan of the exterior. The thought of spending thousands of dollars to return the exterior back to the original state is nauseating. I am not mechanically inclined and really have no clue about aftermarket customization etc... Which brings me to this online community in search for help and independent feedback.

If I am going to spend this money I would much rather do so to outfit it for offroading.
I am hoping you guys can give me some options and ideas Maybe point me to places I can find good aftermarket parts that will be compatible. I would love to lift it and put some 35"s on. Cool bumpers ???

What would you do in my situation?

Any help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
Year: 2006 / 9700A
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Unread 11-01-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Good luck. That rear panel looks creased. That will be a pretty pricey fix no matter what (at least I think, I have no body work experience).

You can go for an aftermarket bumper but it depends if you are wheeling it and are willing to add the extra weight.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 10:37 AM   #3
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Throw new lights in it, aftermarket bumpers F&R and rhino liner it. Call it your wheeling rig and it has some damage...

Fixing that rear quarter wont be cheap.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Replace headlight and tail light/get front and rear bumpers from Southern Style Speed, take off all the side trim, fill the holes and bedline it
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Unread 11-03-2014, 05:47 PM   #5
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Throw new lights in it, aftermarket bumpers F&R and rhino liner it. Call it your wheeling rig and it has some damage...

Fixing that rear quarter wont be cheap.
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Replace headlight and tail light/get front and rear bumpers from Southern Style Speed, take off all the side trim, fill the holes and bedline it


What they said!!! And.....Get Insurance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:36 PM   #6
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Thanks so much for the replies gentlemen

These are great suggestions. I love the idea of the rhino liner!! I will have to research that. Any other suggestions on a particular front/rear bumper?

And yes.....insurance
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:44 PM   #7
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Also, can anyone suggest front/rear lights? Something you have personal or know someone that has and likes the lights they are using?
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Unread 11-03-2014, 08:17 PM   #8
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Are you guys familiar with PlastiDip? An alternative to rhino liner
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Unread 11-04-2014, 09:34 AM   #9
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Are you guys familiar with PlastiDip? An alternative to rhino liner
will not work. It peels very easily. I did a diy bedliner kit from ebay, they will color it whatever color you want. Worked out ok, but its really in the prep.

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Also, can anyone suggest front/rear lights? Something you have personal or know someone that has and likes the lights they are using?
OEM or Depot are pretty decent quality if you seal them yourself.
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In case you haven't looked too much, I think there's a few GX guys with their build threads here and in this forum, so there should be a few ideas here for you.......just have to look.
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My .02, if you are going to build it up and wheel it then you need to do the work yourself. You need to know how to fix things when they pop up, and they will. You don't have to know everything, but the basics are mandatory. Also, offroading isn't cheap! Be prepared. Line-x is virtually bulletproof. I plan on putting it on my truck when I can afford it.
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My .02, if you are going to build it up and wheel it then you need to do the work yourself. You need to know how to fix things when they pop up, and they will. You don't have to know everything, but the basics are mandatory. Also, offroading isn't cheap! Be prepared. Line-x is virtually bulletproof. I plan on putting it on my truck when I can afford it.
Thanks for the input T-man! I am planning on using it as my hunting rig....nothing crazy.
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Unread 11-15-2014, 03:59 PM   #13
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Thanks for the input T-man! I am planning on using it as my hunting rig....nothing crazy.
Anytime! I'd say that if it's a hunting rig don't worry about it too much. Don't be scared to trim excess things, get rid of flares and then Line-x it like you were saying. I trimmed my front bumper to make it more approach angle friendly since I can't afford an off-road bumper right now. I also trimmed inside the front fender to fit my tires, ditched the running boards, trimmed the lower grill to fit off-road lights and put cbi ditch light brackets for 2 more lights. Don't be scared to make it fit your needs and style. Everyone else's opinions be damned! Have fun with it.
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Unread 11-18-2014, 10:37 AM   #14
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Take a look at the Four Wheeler GX470 build.

Strip off the plastic and just pull the rear quarter steel. No need to make it perfect.
It's kind of freeing in a way, to have some damage to get the mods kicked off

good luck
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Unread 11-24-2014, 06:54 AM   #15
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The quarter panel is going to be very hard to repair properly given the amount of damage. You could find a shop that could replace the sheet metal for you and just put a base cost primer on, tell them you don't want the plastic trim replaced and that you plan to install bumper and lights yourself to save cost.

The 3 stage paint is also more expensive than standard paint.

Rather than rhino liner or linex another option to consider after the body repairs are done is a complete vehicle wrap. Done correctly these can look really nice as well. Some shops in Dallas are going to these in matte black etc vs painting matte clear coats as it's cheaper and still looks good.

Personally if it was mine I would pay to have the body work done properly, install some ARB,bud built, CBI, type aftermarket rear bumper, aftermarket, used lights, or surplus OEM lifhts. Search internet for surplus OEM lights too. You may find these cheaper than aftermarket. And then do a complete body wrap vs. repainting.




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