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Aftermarket body parts fit OK?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Skigirl, Nov 23, 2001.

  1. Skigirl

    Skigirl 1/2 ton status

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    Do aftermarket body parts fit OK or will they have weird gaps after install?

    Are aftermarket body parts really flimsy and if so, does it matter?

    I'm ordering front fenders and hood Monday and if aftermarket doesn't suck then it'll save some money. But if OEM is the only way to go, then I'll happily do that.

    I primarily use the truck as a ski truck, so don't intend to trash the body in the course of having fun... only saving my a$$ if need be [​IMG]

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  2. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    When I had my truck redone, I went with aftermaket body panels......I replaced the hood as well as the fenders and fenderwells on both sides. Basically, the entire front end of the truck was replaced. Other than a wierd little curve on the front right corner of the hood, everything looks great(and I'm REALLY picky[​IMG]). The panels seem well built and solid, too.

    To give you an idea, GM wanted $380 for the hood, and a local panel manufacturer only charged around $195- that's almost 1/2 price.

    Unless you plan on using your K5 as a show truck, I wouldn't really bother going OEM. Quality may differ a lot from manufacturer to manufacturer, but if you buy US made stuff, you should be ok........



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  3. Mudfreak

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    I got alot of my stuff through the local junk yards , they order new aftermarket stuff, seems to fit and look good! also saves alot of $$. Replaced and cut the front fenders and inners.



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  4. Skigirl

    Skigirl 1/2 ton status

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    Paul, I'm doing the same thing, fenders inner and outer and hood.

    No intention of having a show truck. Just not a dork truck [​IMG]

    Cheaper's better, everything else being equal....

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    I think its a personal preference, with anything you buy for your truck- all of my replacements panels came from GM- The cost me more, but were VERY easy to install, and had all of the holes predrilled, etc.. plus, they were guaranteed. most mail order places, have it stated that they are not OEM, and they do NOT guarantee an exact fit, to top it all of, most are made overseas- where they probably have never even seen a K5!

    Just my opinion

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    I just replaced my old tailgate with an el cheapo, made in Taiwan special and it doesnt come anywhere close to fitting. I would have been better off trying to fix the holes in the old one.
     
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    I agree w/ Mudnurl. I like the GM panels... nice and thick... not paper thin like some of the crap out there. Also very good fit, unlike the made in afghanastan crap.

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  8. Can Can

    Can Can Pusher Man Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Just so you guys know, the panels I used are made in Canada and are top notch quality.......

    I agree that some of the stuff out there is badly made, but if you look around you can find decent aftermarket panels.....



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  9. 84_Chevy_K10

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    I personally would rather have to replace my $50 fenders every year than pay $600 for a GM one.

    Tim
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    I replaced my front fenders with non-OEM fenders. I made sure the product I was getting was made in the USA. My fenders were made by "Gordon" (that's what it says on the sticker...[​IMG]) and are 500 hour salt tested. They fit like a glove, all the holes matched up and the body lines are great! I got a great deal on these...$45 each new because they had some minor shipping damage. The one fender had a small dimple at the very bottom and the other had no damage at all.

    I've never used the off-shore body parts but I've never heard good things about them either...

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  11. GONZO2

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    i replaced one of my front fenders with non oem fender after a minor run in with an ford ltd. the fender came with all the holes needed for install and was good quality.
    now the non oem bumper that i got you can tell is not quite the same qulaity as a gm unit. actually the only real differance is the quality of the chrome job done to it. l

    like everyone else said if it ain't a show truck then i would go with a quality aftermarket peice.

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    I personally would rather have to replace my $50 fenders every year than pay $600 for a GM one

    I wouldn't go that far Tim...most people that are replacing fenders are also painting the truck shortly there after. I have yet to see $50 new fenders come color matched...[​IMG]

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    I agree-- I didn't pay $600.00 for my fenders, actually my two outters, two inners, and two COMPLETE door's were $600.00, and I shouldn't have to replace them again- that was the purpose of spending more on them in the beginning, I had them seam sealed, the inners were painted in that "tar stuff" ( i dunno what it's called) and the rest were primered. that plus the panels was about $750.00 total. I for one would spend more to begin with then end up with a poor fitting fender, that seems to "break my stones" the entire installation. Another plus, if there were any problems once I got them- the GM dealer is down the road- not across the country. Our local dealer goes out of his way for us, that's more than I can say for ANY mail order company I have ever dealt with. If you buy enough from them, you will get them even cheaper.

    --Brandy

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    My GM tailgate didn't line up worth a rats ass either. I put in a new floor, tailgate, and hinges (all GM). I think the hinges were outta wack (I dunno, I need a scapegoat) but with a little drilling and some washer for shiming it now fits better than many original K5s. Im sure the welder and the come-along helped a little in getting just the right gap (did that when I replaced the bottom half of the tailgate posts, which are the same as a pick-up). I have aftermarket doors and fenders (came with them when I bought it) and they are actually heavier than the late model stuff. Buyer beware when it comes to aftermarket, there are some good buys out there.

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    Yeah, but my friend has a spraygun and a compressor and enjoys bodywork, [​IMG]

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    I just have to be a ba$tard and say that we have a<a target="_blank" href=http://www.siouxplating.com>Sioux Plating</a> right here in town. Really friendly people, they even let me go right in the warehouse and check out all the goodies. Heck, we even have Northen Autoparts here.

    I almost always buy GM parts, but I think some of the stuff has gotten cheaper made. The doors just seem lighter than the ones on the old rust buckets. The best argument I can make for GM (and its a good one) is that they have a lifetime warranty.

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    <blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr>

    enjoys bodywork

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    Sounds like he paints without a respirator...[​IMG]

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