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Old October 7th, 2007, 10:30 PM
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Galvanized body capping

Has anyone changed the rear capping on their defender to be galvanized like on a series vehicle. If so, do you have any pictures? Curious to what it looks like.
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Old October 7th, 2007, 11:50 PM
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Lifted from ECR site, I understand that if you but new the holes never line up, so its best to have yours dipped.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 01:57 AM
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mine is blue also. Are there any clearer photos of this truck?
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can anyone comment on the the work involved to replace the body cappings on a NAS ST?

It's the only place on my truck where I see anything close to rust.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 03:35 PM
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Old July 8th, 2015, 03:39 PM
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As I understand the process I'll need to remove the cage (obviously), then drill out some but not all of the existing rivnuts. From there it sounds fairly straightforward to remove the cappings.

I guess my question is, what exactly do I have to drill out?

I would imagine rusting cappings are a fairly common issue especially with the ST 90's... seems strange that there is relatively little information on this topic here and on the internet as a whole.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 03:41 PM
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Is it just surface or real cancerous rust? If not that bad, then just sand the rust down, primer, mask, and paint accordingly.
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Is it just surface or real cancerous rust? If not that bad, then just sand the rust down, primer, mask, and paint accordingly.
just surface rust.

What you suggest seems reasonable... considering my tub is line-x'd all the way up to the cappings, maybe I could just top them off.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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Nothing special, honestly if your going to galvanize your capping just drill out all rivets and rivnuts. They are tricky to remove so just play with them and they will pop off. Then reinstall all new rivets and rivnuts on install.
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Yes. On NAS 110s they are glued on which makes it harder to get off, but I have done it on a few trucks and it is totally doable and highly worth it.
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