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Unread 03-29-2014, 09:50 PM   #1
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Front fender trimming

So I need to trim my fenders, but I'm not sure how much. I've got a 4.5" lift with quick discos and 33in tires. I've got stock icon wheels with 1.5" wheel spacers. I popped a flare off already without even disconnecting the discos so I know I'm going to have to trim. I've heard on measuring with bump stops or something along those lines but can't figure it out! I'm running the day star extended bump stops right now.

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The only way to know for sure will be to disconnect and flex it. Mark where it's hitting, then trim. You may have to change bumpstops to get the tire contact completely under control, depends on your setup.

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Unread 03-29-2014, 11:00 PM   #3
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The only way to know for sure will be to disconnect and flex it. Mark where it's hitting, then trim. You may have to change bumpstops to get the tire contact completely under control, depends on your setup. - Justin
Don't really have a way to flex it out. I'm going to TRY and get something set up tomorrow but I don't think It will be enough to flex it out fully.
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Unread 03-30-2014, 12:08 AM   #4
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Don't really have a way to flex it out. I'm going to TRY and get something set up tomorrow but I don't think It will be enough to flex it out fully.
Based off my current tire size (31x10), lift height (3.25"), and bumpstops (2" coil seat pucks, 2" ext rear). If you trace your factory flare like I did (removes about 3" of fender), you'll only need to add a 3" coil seat spacer to stop rubbing at full stuff, and gain a small gap between your tire and fender.
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Based off my current tire size (31x10), lift height (3.25"), and bumpstops (2" coil seat pucks, 2" ext rear). If you trace your factory flare like I did (removes about 3" of fender), you'll only need to add a 3" coil seat spacer to stop rubbing at full stuff, and gain a small gap between your tire and fender.
I thought about tracing that line but wasn't sure if that was overkill. I've got the daystar extended bum stops so I do t need the seat pucks. Guess I'm going to be tracing the line from where the flares rubbed.
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I thought about tracing that line but wasn't sure if that was overkill. I've got the daystar extended bum stops so I do t need the seat pucks. Guess I'm going to be tracing the line from where the flares rubbed.
IMO, overkill is when the washer fluid tank is showing. Using the stock flare as a template leaves the fender lip sitting right below the tank.

You still may need coil seat bumpstops. Even with 3.25" of lift, I was still rubbing my fenders. I'm now using 2" coil seat stops with my stock stops, and I have just enough clearance to turn the tires with zero to slight rubbing.
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with that set up and 2" bumpstops i trimmed to where the fender is stamped for the flare.
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Bumpstops save! But if you have to, trace the stock flare. It's the best way to do it IMO. Either cut along that line or cut and fold it up to it. The rear has to be cut and folded unless you want to be able to see ground from the inside.
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I have 3" bump stop added up front and 33x12.50s.

My first trim I cut around the bevel to keep the lip because I thought it looked good, definitely not enough. The tires got into the metal when wheeling .

So now I just trimmed around where the top of the flares met the body.. I'll be testing it out April 19th and really hope it's enough.
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I have 3" bump stop added up front and 33x12.50s. My first trim I cut around the bevel to keep the lip because I thought it looked good, definitely not enough. The tires got into the metal when wheeling . So now I just trimmed around where the top of the flares met the body.. I'll be testing it out April 19th and really hope it's enough.
Well that's the first place I thought about cutting but I guess not ha. I'll be going to where the top of the flares were at. Got a trip on the 5th and 6th so I'll let you know if I rub!
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Well that's the first place I thought about cutting but I guess not ha. I'll be going to where the top of the flares were at. Got a trip on the 5th and 6th so I'll let you know if I rub!
Good choice, and it looks pretty badass when you follow the factory opening lines.


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Well that's the first place I thought about cutting but I guess not ha. I'll be going to where the top of the flares were at. Got a trip on the 5th and 6th so I'll let you know if I rub!
Absolutely, keep us(me) posted. It's not that I'm scared to cut more it's that when you want it to look good it takes effort.
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Absolutely, keep us(me) posted. It's not that I'm scared to cut more it's that when you want it to look good it takes effort.
The easiest way to achieve that is to cut within 1/8th or so of your line (doesn't have to be perfect), then use a flap disc to remove the remaining metal. It takes longer, but the payoff is worth the extra effort.
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Absolutely, keep us(me) posted. It's not that I'm scared to cut more it's that when you want it to look good it takes effort.
Well I got one side cut today before I ran outta day light. The angle grinder did a pretty good job, just had to keep letting the compresser build back up! I feel as though I should have made my own line closer to where the door hinges. I personally think I cut back to far but it doesn't look to bad ha. Once I spray some spray on bed liner it will clean it up. I'll get a picture for you tomorrow!
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Here's a picture of the side I did. You can see the inner well sticks out past where I cut so I know I didn't have to cut back as far. But even before I cleaned it up I think it looks good!
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