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Old September 18th, 2008, 10:38 AM
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Boy, Do I Hate Plastic!

Does anyone know if someone makes metal grills to replace the plastic grills that are on the top of a D90's front fenders. By the way what is the proper name for those grills?
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Old September 18th, 2008, 10:51 AM
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Those are wing intake covers and everyone has them in stainless steel. I have them on mine. Check with RN, DAP, AB, etc.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 11:34 AM
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See if the ones that a guy made on this web page are still for sale.........there is a whole link about it if you search. They look awesome on my truck......

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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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I just took the stainless off my truck, replaced them with the RDS ones. Mine are available if you want them.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:23 PM
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The Rovers Down South (RDS) ones look cool. But they look to be plastic. Will they hold-up? Do not want to be replacing them every two or three years.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 02:01 PM
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Buckon37's had some made, but I think they're all gone. Too bad, because they're bad ass.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 02:26 PM
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If anyone is interested (more than ten of us), Buckon37 would do another run of them. I can take names if anyone wants to do that and of course I would take a set.

See here : http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=11932

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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:16 PM
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Retrofit PMed you.
I would be interested in getting a set if a new run is made.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:18 PM
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I have a set of Buck's on both of my trucks... I really like them.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:33 PM
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OK then ...

We are on and counting !

I am officially taking names.

PM me if you want a set.

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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:04 PM
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Bucks were an excellent alternative, however i couldnt tell if they are flush with the top of the wing so I was hesitant to buy them.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:06 PM
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No, they are raised up just a little bit...
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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:09 PM
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But Phillip, aren't you the guy that orders British air from RN to fill your tires? If buck is a roll-cage snob, then you are a stock-parts snob.

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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:13 PM
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nah I figure American mud grips needs American air. I'm thinking of getting some of Lens (?) raised intakes for the wing vents, my truck isnt totally stock .
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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:36 PM
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Old September 18th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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I'm interested, wonder if he'd take into account some of the feedback from the 1st batch, i.e, flush mounted and discoloration? Maybe we can suggest this? Maybe Black powder coating would be a better alternative than anodizing them?

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Old September 18th, 2008, 10:15 PM
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Hi guys,

I am willing to do this again but there are some things that everybody who is interested need to keep in mind. If I do ten, I can't keep the price at $100. Lower quantities means more $$$ for a host of reasons. I won't know how much untill I can talk to my shop. This time around I insist on powder coating them, I got 2 complaints that the black anodize color faded in the sun. I was pi**ed about it because it is a sure sign the company I used didn't do a good job cleaning out the ano tank. I have a good powder coat guy, but this may raise the price a little also. I never heard from anyone that the vents were too tall. They were only .040 taller than stock. I can make them thinner, without much change at all, but I like the more robust feel and look.

Just so everyone is aware, there are drawbacks to pc as well. In fact, I felt the drawbacks were enough to go with anodizing the first ones. Last negative is, I am very busy right now so this may take a while. If you are all okay with that, rock on. I just want to be very honest up front. I will post this in the other thread as well.
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Mine did fade in less than a year to an almost light purple with a whitish center. I simply purchased some good quality rattle can self etching primer and a rattle can of good satin black paint and they are holding up great. The great thing about these aluminum vents is that they look like they could have been stock. You can also know that they will hold your weight when stepping on the wing with protector.

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Old September 19th, 2008, 08:02 AM
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The Alum. colored ones look pure and clean after a year!!!!

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