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Unread 08-17-2008, 09:10 AM   #1
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ZJ fender trimming how to

I know this has been done before, I just thought it turned out well. If you take your time, it can turn out looking just as good as the factory lines. I ended up cutting off 1.5 - 2 inches of metal, and even more plastic than before. All I bought was a roll of blue painters tape, one 6 foot roll of door edge molding, a couple new cutoff wheels, and a small thing of red paint and a brush. I tried to follow the original lines of the very front and back of the wheel well, while just going farther forward in the front and higher on the fender overall. A lot of folks remove the small piece of cladding in the rear of the wheel well, but I didn't since its not in the way for me.

I started by taping up the line I wanted, using lots of short pieces in the curves. At first I made some cuts below the line to get a feel for the tool. The main problem I had was a small compressor, I had to wait a lot for it to catch up since it provides half of the cfm I need. The curves worked best pressing very lightly, and going over it again and again. I used a sanding disc on the rotary tool to smooth off the edge of the fender. After the cut, I brushed on some paint, but am waiting for some test flex before I put on the molding. I think I might need to take more off, and the molding has a gel type glue in it, that might stick once if I'm lucky. I'm think the molding will help hide some of the small mess ups. Since I broke the side supports for the front plastic a long time ago, I just ran one self tapping screw through each side up into the metal, works great.

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Unread 08-17-2008, 12:46 PM   #2
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Sir,

with the addition of another inch of bumpstop, you could have fixed that issue and not cut your fender.

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Here's some fender trimming.

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then he would have lost that amout of flex....


looks good. great looking ZJ.
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This pic is closer. You can tell where I took the front siding off and how I used a 5lb sledge to massage the front pinch seam flat and where I cut the ARB forward another 2 inches.

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No, the bumpstops stop you from damaging the fenders and wheelwell liners. I'm running over 6 inches of bumpstop front and rear.

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Unread 08-17-2008, 01:09 PM   #7
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More trimming front and rear.



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Unread 08-17-2008, 01:42 PM   #8
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More trimming front and rear.
mine are trimmed just like yours. http://s159.photobucket.com/albums/t...med%20fenders/
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Unread 08-17-2008, 01:51 PM   #9
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A little more off the front and then do the rear


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It just goes to show you can't always tell the depth of the well by the length of the handle on the pump.
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Thanks for the pictures guys, gives me some good ideas for trimming if I go bigger with my next set of tires. I was really thinking about taking the lines that hunter and Locked98 took, but I figure I can always cut more. Putting it back is the hard part. Locked98 your jeep looks awesome.

For bumpstops, I'm already running extended ones on top, and 3 inches on the bottom. I bet I have almost 6 inches of extra bumpstop, and I like the amount of flex it has now, it used to rub only under hard flex.
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So you guys know if there is a way to get a more smoother lines on the fender and what tools did you use? What works best so I can try to attempt this too!
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A little more off the front and then do the rear
Is that a bullet hole in your back door?
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I'm Locked98GC with a name change. I taped the lines I liked and used a die grinder and 3 1/2"x 1/16" cut off wheel. If you want it smoother you can put some door guard trim ( http://www.brandsport.com/trimgard1.html )like this around the cut out area or go with a lip roller like this http://www.eastwood.com/fender-finisher-1.html .

Bend the pinch seams flush with the body inside the fender wells with a BFH. That brand new 35 on the driver side got sliced pretty bad the first time out, not sure why it didn't with 31's. (rhetorical jest) Just one big slice around the tire.
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Is that a bullet hole in your back door?
It sure does look like one... Who shot your poor zj?
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