Started cutting my fenders yesterday. Those rear fenders are such a pain to cut all the way through because the double thick metal. It was the first sheet metal cutting I have done like this so I took my time. It took me 2.5 hours to do just one rear fender, pinch weld, and plastic on rear bumper, about 1 hour was spent just cleaning up the sharp edges and gorilla gluing the two pieces of metal back together. Now that I know what to expect I think I can get the other rear done in less than 2 hours. The gorilla glue is holding the two pieces of metal together like a champ so far. Need to sand the gorilla glue down, then calk any holes that are left and need to pickup some spray in bedliner in a can to finish up. Doing the other rear fender this weekend as it is dark by the time I get home this time of year.
Front fenders are not double thick so it should be easier than the rear except right at the rocker, the pinch weld, and the front part of the fender right where the bumper bolts up. I will post pics when I am finished. Gained 1.75" of clearance height in the rear (3.5" of width across so wheel well now measures 38.5" across as opposed to ~35" stock), would have liked to be able to cut another 1.0" higher but the rear wheel wheel height is only 1.75-2.0" max height inside and I wanted the fender line to be smooth not hacked up looking. The wheel wheel opening flows very nicely with the rear door now.
Front fenders are getting opened up about 3.25" up top and at least another 2.0-3.0" down the plastic bumper and door line (I will likely taper it because I already cut about 1.0-2.0" off the bumper), front pinch welds will be gone which makes 1.0" of extra room when turning and I will take a BFH to the inner wheel well near the pinch weld to smooth it out some. I should have enough room when I am done to run 35s with only 4" of lift or 37s with 6" of lift (my goal is to run 37 x 12.50 15 pitpull rocker radials). Should have waited before I bought my 31s because 33s will easily fit once I am done cutting with just the BB. Oh well I will be able to disconnect without any worry of rubbing no matter what.
pics please? this has been plaguing my mind on how to tackle the job lately
Bronson = 21 yrs. old
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