Because there is no satisfactory protection offered for their vulnerable quarter panels I have produced guards suitable for 110s. The guards are constructed with the same material, workmanship and finish as the receiver hitches
. They are compatible with all 110s both NAS and ROW with modification to exhaust on some vehicles. The guards can be used in conjunction with the factory NAS rear step/hitch.
shipped in the lower 48.
Those who own 110s know just how easily damaged the quarter panels are. These soft aluminum body panels protrude conspicuously over the departure angle of the trucks. Furthermore, damage to the quarter panels is difficult to repair in a manner consistent with factory construction because of the presence of unpainted pop rivets.
It is not uncommon to see an otherwise fairly clean 110 with damaged quarter panels.
The guards have been designed to minimize the potential for damage to the quarter panels without altering the vehicle in any unnecessary fashion and to be consistent with factory styling.
To this end the guards have a channel surrounding the quarter panel, which terminates in a squared-off bumperette at the rear corners and are supported by an angled brace at the junction and an outrigger to the frame.
The passenger and driver side outriggers are symmetrical for strength and aesthetic purposes and therefore some exhaust/resonators may interfere. Many do not. If your vehicle exhaust conflicts with the outrigger simply reroute your exhaust. The factory hanger may still be utilized.
The guards bolt to the rear crossmember and the JATE ring mounting points on the frame.
The channel is notched to accommodate the braces for the body panels and the driverside mounting bracket is cut out for the exhaust hanger.
The channel is radiused to match the eyebrow.
The upper edge of the channel is not parallel to the perfectly horizontal edges of the bodywork. To make the channels so would require that the guards be unnecessarily large and conspicuous. Instead the upper edge slopes subtly downward from the crossmember to the wheel arch giving the illusion of conformity while reducing the area of the guard.
The guards are produced with attention to detail.
Because of the handbuilt construction of 90s and 110s, vehicle dimensions are often inconsistent.
To allow for this, clearances on the guards for body and chassis are generous.
All necessary hardware for mounting is provided.
Two strips of adhesive felt are also provided should the user choose to install them on the outer edge of the guard channel to minimize any possible abrasion to the painted bodywork during installation or flex during offroad use.
The guards are sufficiently strong to lift the vehicle and should minimize damage to the quarter panels during offroad use.
No guarantee is furnished that you will not be able to damage your vehicle with the guards installed. If you are determined to damage your vehicle and make every effort to do so I have the utmost confidence in your abilities.
If this describes your style you will be better served by a more drastic approach to the problem.
For those who wish to add quarter panel protection without dramatically altering their vehicle, or even for those who wish to fit protection only during offroad use, these guards are an excellent solution.
------ Follow up post added April 10th, 2011 12:29 AM ------
Two sets of guards are available for immediate shipment.
One set has already been furnished with adhesive felt lining the entire side of the inner channel along the body to minimize any possible abrasion to the painted bodywork during test fitment. It's a nice touch.
The first person to buy will get this set.