Fender trimming.... alittle advice needed
I've read alot lately about fender trimming to make room for larger tires. However, people do alot of different trimming on different parts of the fender lip/inner fender/bumper cladding. I have finally collected all the parts (I think) to do my suspension and I need to know from those with experience as to what and where I'll need to trim, if at all. I am installing OME HD springs and ProComp ES9000 shocks with new isolators at all 4 corners (thanks Kolak!), should net 1" to 2" of lift. I have a new set of 31" A/T's on stock Wrangler/XJ wheels with a 1.5" spacer for a total of 3.75" backspacing. I'm thinking I'll hammer down that inner fender pinch seam and maybe trim about .75" to 1" off of the fender lip front and rear, the part that curves under and looks like it could cut the crap outta the tire if it hits. I'd really rather not cut out any of the fender beyond the lip-- or in other words, I don't want to enlarge the factory fender well-- and I don't think I'll need to with this mild set-up.
Any advice? I know this is a common "lift" set-up, and I'm not real excited about having to trim too much. Please give me an idea what to expect without the obvious "put the tires on there and see" remarks. Lots of people have put 2" and 31's under their ZJ, theres gotta be a pretty wide consensus on the amont of trimming needed. This is a mild-to-intermediate off-road trail rig, not a Rubicon monster. I'd like to get all this done in the next few days and it'll be easier to do the trimming, if necessary, while everything is apart. Thanks for any help!