I'm in the middle of my cage project and planning out how I want to make my front fenders. I realized that before I do that there was one issue I needed to take care of. That was my 35's rubbing parts of the inner fender. Here is a pic of the rubbing (not my jeep but the same place.) Photo courtesy Robert aka: DrvOvrIt on NAXJA.
That was his rubbing with just 33's. Of course my 35's rubbed more and I have plans to go up in tire size to at least 37's, so obviously the rubbing will be that much worse if nothing is done. I realize I can extend my bumpstops further but I'd rather not. I like having uptravel in the suspension.
I searched around and found some photos of the trimming already done but was unable to find any write-ups or in-progress shots. So I thought I would take pics and do a small write-up on it.
I'm starting on the driver side and because this involves cutting and welding, the first thing to do is unbolt the PCM (Power Control Module, aka:computer) and move it along with any wires away from the fender wall. I normally don't worry about disconnecting the battery for welding but since I'll need to to remove the battery to do the passenger side, I disconnected it now, which is probably a good idea anyway since I will be welding close to the PCM.
Then it was time to measure and cut. (The reason the top cut is not straight across is because that is where I had my snorkel tube enter and there was a 3" hole there to begin with.)
How much to cut away is determined by the way the PCM mounts to the inside of the fender wall. Or if you are relocating the PCM to another location you don't have to worry about it. With the PCM in the stock location there is enough room to create adequate clearance.
I used 18-guage sheet to make my patch and welded it in.
Then I added some bondo to smooth it out between the tack welds, and make it look nice.
The passenger side is the same process only you can't go quite as high up due to where the battery tray sits. Again you can relocate it but I'm leaving mine in the stock location.