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Unread 03-31-2014, 10:46 AM   #1
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cutting my fenders?

Ok so ive been thinking about it for a while and I think im pretty much decided on cutting my fenders so stop a tiny bit of rubbing I have and to fit my 33s into my wheel wells. Only issue is im not exactly sure how to go at it. Ive seen lots of pictures of people cutting them up to that first line on the flare. But some people just chop it and others cut and fold it. Has anyone here done this? And maybe tell me the best way to do this without making it look like a total hackjob?

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Unread 03-31-2014, 01:49 PM   #2
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I've done both methods. When I first put my 31s on I cut and rolled the inner lip of the fenders. This proved to be a bad method, as it left warp marks all down the side of the fender from where I bent it. I later on cut up to the first line on the fender, it looks way better imo.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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I've done both methods. When I first put my 31s on I cut and rolled the inner lip of the fenders. This proved to be a bad method, as it left warp marks all down the side of the fender from where I bent it. I later on cut up to the first line on the fender, it looks way better imo.
Yea think im gonna just cut. What did you use to cut em?
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Unread 03-31-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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I am looking to do this as well, I to would like to know what you used to cut em?
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Unread 03-31-2014, 03:19 PM   #5
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Look at my build. Last few pages has my trimming. It came out clean
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Unread 03-31-2014, 09:06 PM   #6
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Yea think im gonna just cut. What did you use to cut em?
I used a dremmel, but you can use just about any metal cutting saw

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Unread 04-01-2014, 02:39 PM   #7
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i'm doing mine friday I'll let you know how it goes and take some pictures on the way
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Unread 04-01-2014, 03:04 PM   #8
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I am looking to do this as well, I to would like to know what you used to cut em?
Some use Dremel, but it is VERY slow. Tried that once on an XJ, got bored after advancing two inches in five minutes, grinding with a diamond- plated cutting disc meant for sheetmetal, and took out the 4.5" angle grinder. Cut both sides in under 10 minutes
edit: Pneumatic (or electric) sheetmetal nibbler would be the best since it doesn't heat the metal, nor does it make sparks fly. But most of us don't have one.

Use plenty of masking tape and carton board to cover the fenders when using a 4.5" angle grinder, unless you want spark damage on the paint. On the bends don't cut exactly along the line, leave about 1/8" of space so you can use a flapdisc to grind the edges smooth. Paint the edge immediately after you've cut, and finish with rubber trim molding glued in if you feel like doing so.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 04:11 PM   #9
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i second it all. If/when I go to cut mine out down the road, I'll be taking a cutoff wheel and tracing along the fender line, just to keep contours flowing a little naturally. Never use a cutoff wheel, dremel, what ever right up to the edge of the cut on curves. Leave some excess and come back to it later to finish it up(at least if you are trying to keep it somewhat professional looking). Always immediately paint/coat cut metal asap to avoid rusting issues. Use painters tape or something, both to help avoid extra scratches in the paint and to help prevent scorching or burning marks from sparks.
Every time I see that rubber/plastic trim stuff put on the cut fenders, i think it makes it look more factory and finished.
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Unread 04-01-2014, 04:36 PM   #10
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I just used some painters tape and drew the line on the tape and cut it with a saws all. Everyone that see's it for the first time cant even tell my fender is cut
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Unread 04-01-2014, 06:04 PM   #11
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Just did this to my buddy's a couple weeks ago. Used a pneumatic cut off wheel and left about 1/8" below the line so we could go back and clean up the edges. Painted it and stuck some door trim around them. I think it turned out pretty good for it being a spur of the moment thing


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Unread 04-01-2014, 06:38 PM   #12
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Nice, I used some edging trim on mine that helped take the sharp edge off and helped clean it up as well
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Unread 04-02-2014, 03:13 PM   #13
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This thread has been a lot of help, thanks guys!!
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Unread 04-02-2014, 05:50 PM   #14
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I used a combination of a dremel and jigsaw with a hacksaw blade. Did it probably 80% dremel, and it is very slow... but its much more controlable than the jigsaw.
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Unread 04-02-2014, 07:12 PM   #15
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I used an airsaw... I don't have the steadiest of hands so the line isn't perfect but came out pretty good.... I jused the cut and bend method on part of it... I kinda wish I hadn't cause when bending it back for rolled edge It shatters the paint.

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