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Chrome, when did become bad?

Serious question. I see many YJ's and TJ's with chome accents, bumpers and grilles. Anybody adds some chrome these days and the ribbing begins.

Personally I've never cared for it. Just curious, what are your thoughts on this?

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chrome is like flames it comes and goes they will always be cool you just have to wait for the fad to comeback around

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I never thought chrome belonged on a Jeep.....On the other hand it does belong on those GM Hummmmers......look I can't even say the word.

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The old saying "Chrome won't get you home" as been around a long time, although I do feel it is often taken out of context.

The original meaning was that chrome accessories, bling, etc, does little for you on the trail, and spending the money on axle shafts, armor, winches, etc, was a better use of the money.

In simple terms functionality beats appearance. Which is hard to argue with as far as the trail goes, and the same applies to CJ's and other Wrangler models.

I'm not a chrome fan on vehicles personally, as it requires more maintenance than something that is painted black, especially if you wheel your rig. That said if someone wants to have a good looking rig, I don't see anything wrong with it.

There is also a difference in types of bling. Again just my view, but I think the stick on chrome stuff looks cheap and tacky, but some chromed billet door handles would be nice bits of bling furniture that may accent the look of a vehicle.

In reality there is little difference between chrome and someone going for the "murdered" look of everything blacked out, smoked lenses, etc, they are both done for appearance.

Choose your own poison and enjoy it, don't worry about what others say.
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In reality there is little difference between chrome and someone going for the "murdered" look of everything blacked out, smoked lenses, etc, they are both done for appearance.

Choose your own poison and enjoy it, don't worry about what others say.
I used to make fun of the chrome but you pointed out that my obsession with painting anything shiny, black, was no different.

I still think the blacked out look > chrome look and I can almost use the wheeling and easier maintenance excuse
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I still think the blacked out look > chrome look and I can almost use the wheeling and easier maintenance excuse
I don't disagree, I much prefer to see a 4x4 rig without chrome, but there is a difference, albeit a subtle one, between painting something black because it is practical and painting it black because it looks good.

Either way, as long as someone is happy with the way their vehicle looks that's all that matters.
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… Your taste, your rig, your enjoyment; it matters not what other people think. I still think its fun that we ask each others opinions, and do enjoy when people share there varying tastes. It is obvious in the Jeep community, as it is in all enthusiasts communities; we are an eclectic group of enthusiasts. This is what makes sites like this fun; how bland would life if we all had the same taste…
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I did the whole chrome thing when I had a harley, I enjoy not having anything to shine up on the Jeep.

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I hate chrome because i am LAZY and hate cleaning my vehicles now...

Had a GMC slammed on the ground with chrome 20's in the late 90's, And a chromed out Honda VTX1800 in 2004.

Too much WORK!

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No chrome here. I guess that makes us "Black Bumper" Mennonites LOL

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What about polished stainless steel?

Looks like chrome, but it's longer lasting than painted steel.

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No chrome here. I guess that makes us "Black Bumper" Mennonites LOL
Yep that's us

Great responses so far. Thanks everybody.

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I did the whole chrome thing when I had a harley, I enjoy not having anything to shine up on the Jeep.

"but that's just me"
Me too. My Harley is all chromed out and is a b!tch to keep shiny. Jeeps and chrome don't mix!!
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I've never liked the chrome look on any vehicle.
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I liked it on one. . . . coz it looked like the ship from Flight of the Navigator!!


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I've got a few chrome items on mine. Note that it I bought it used, and it had a factory chrome package... meh... looks fine to me.
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I think that the JK don't have the style to sport chrome, I don't hate it but can live without it. CJ's & TJ's is a different story. Ive seen many that look awesome with chrome. Theres a fine line that takes it from perfect to tacky. But then like said before, is your ride, is your money, build it like you want it.

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I think that the JK don't have the style to sport chrome, I don't hate it but can live without it. CJ's & TJ's is a different story. Ive seen many that look awesome with chrome. Theres a fine line that takes it from perfect to tacky. But then like said before, is your ride, is your money, build it like you want it.
I have to agree, the older jeeps do look better with the chrome accessories. The jk's probably need to be olive drab,desert tan,or some camo pattern.

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Chrome belongs on CARS, not JEEPS...But I would do a Tiger Stripe on mine....
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I'm not a fan of chrome myself. Unless it's under the hood...... and that's if it's a show vehicle or hot rod. But to each his own.
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I think if you got the chrome grill cover and a nice set of handles and maybe a small piece here and there it would look ok but theres a line where it goes ffrom looking like a clean add on to just retarded.
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I'm not a fan of chrome myself. Unless it's under the hood...... and that's if it's a show vehicle or hot rod. But to each his own.
X2. When I had my '71 ElCamino, I could not wait to put on the chrome diff cover, valve covers, timing gear cover, air cleaner, etc... Now, I just want all that stuff off my JK. Except the Trail Rated badge, but that is a brushed look.

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as some one told me "Chrome won't get you home". I believe he meant you should spend your money on worthy trail accessories not on mall crawling accessories...
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Chrome on a trail vehicle will get pitted and wrecked, and require replacement, or at least, re-coating. Absolutely unnecessary, more expensive than click-clack, and as the saying goes, chrome won't get you home. On an on-road only vehicle, go wild. None for me, though- real armor, please Mark W.

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