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Hmm, sounds interesting. I plan on trying my hand at '97+ flares on the rear of my shortbed, prob going to get the parts flares tomorrow...but I think I am going to use JB weld for the inital adhesion of the two and I'm going to apply a nice thick coat on the backside, then bondo glaze the outside...sand the whole thing and flat black the flares. I have had incredible luck using JB weld on plastic so far. It'll be purely experimental, but I'll let you know how they turn out. If it is a success, I got all the '97+ side moulding too, but that is going to take a bit longer and much more patience...so I figure I'l try the flares first :D

 

-James

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There was a 97plus-erized MJ on Ebay a while back (the one that had 97+ tail lights & tailgate),

and the guy had used a plastic welder to stretch the XJ bumper ends & rear flares to fit the MJ bed.

 

It looked great in the pics (would like to have seen it up close tho).

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The ones I used almost 20 years ago, were more like a soldering iron that had a place you could stick your plastic rod into and melt the two surfaces together. You needed to identify the original plastic and use the correct rod when doing the job as well. My recent foray into this was on the electric cooling fan I mounted in my 2.5. I used a high temp 2 part epoxy I bought from Lowes, scuffed the surfaces with a little grinder, and it seems to be holding real well so far. I didnt do anything to pretty up the joints though, just painted it satin black with plastic paint. Though to think about it, some fiberglass mat going over all the joints would help with strength along with the 2 part epoxy. Good luck, and send us some pics of how you do it!

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