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Unread 03-30-2009, 09:45 PM   #1
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inner fender: cut & fold pinch seam?

Ok, so i trimmed front and rear fenders last week..In the front, there is the pinch seam that runs down the center right above the tire..like a big ole razor blade mohawk!
My question is: Can i make slits between spot welds, fold it over, prime it, some seam sealer, paint it and call it a day?...or do i just hammer the he11 out of it to get it to fold over?..
In the rear, i did the cut and fold method, just want to make sure the front can work the same way without any structural problems...

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Unread 03-30-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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I've pics of people doing that on here, I plan on doing the same thing. And yeah that pinch seam just looks mean, its sharp.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 01:01 AM   #3
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I just beat mine into submission and then put some black silicone calk up in it to keep the water out. I think I made maybe 2 or 3 slits in to to help the cause.
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I just bashed mine with a hammer too, then just sprayed some paint over it and I've had no problems with it.
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Unread 03-31-2009, 12:46 PM   #5
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I cut mine between the pinch seams just like the rear fender before I hammered it flat. I figured it would get flatter and out of the way more if I cut it. Cuts are probably around 1.5-2" apart. I then painted the entire front fenderwells with 3M undercoating.

This is a must if you are trimming the fenders and taking out the fender liner. With my setup, I've flexed enough to actually rub all the undercoating off of a 6-8" section of the folded down pinch seam. That would have easily been a flat tire on the trail.
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I did mine just like dcorn did.
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I cut mine between the pinch seams just like the rear fender before I hammered it flat. I figured it would get flatter and out of the way more if I cut it. Cuts are probably around 1.5-2" apart. I then painted the entire front fenderwells with 3M undercoating.

This is a must if you are trimming the fenders and taking out the fender liner. With my setup, I've flexed enough to actually rub all the undercoating off of a 6-8" section of the folded down pinch seam. That would have easily been a flat tire on the trail.
Cool...thanx, im aware of the major tire eating issue the seam will cause, just wasnt sure of the better way to deal with it...I ended up using a BFH while i had my jeep on the lift and just hammered it over..was ALOT easier with the correct hammer for the job ..just got done with coat of primer..gonna undercoat later tonite....Thanx again for ur guys feedback
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was ALOT easier with the correct hammer for the job
It sure is. I used a small 2-3 lb sledge for that pinch seam and for the rear fender. It's a good feeling to just beat the hell out of a vehicle with a hammer when I'm used to being so careful with my Mustangs.
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