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Unread 02-12-2011, 07:03 AM   #1141
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I just spent 3 days going through this entire thread and all I can say is Wow. I want it.I'm going to go tomorrow and buy a78 cj 7 the factory 304 in it tomorrow. great job.
Coiz! You just MADE a new JEEPer!

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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:03 PM   #1142
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Rear Fender Flares

Thanks for the comments guys. Reading those replies is what makes this all worth it. I really like it when they are someone's first post.

I figured I could go ahead and install the rear fender flares. If you remember I had cut the rear fender wells to help with clearance for the 35's I intend to get. I had welded the holes shut since I was going to be moving the flare up 3" at the front.


Since the shape of the opening has been modified the new flares needed to be trimmed on the ends so they would sit flush against the body. What used to follow the curve at the back is now a straight shot so I had to trim the new flare to match so it would sit flush. Here is the new flare unmodified.


I used my angle grinder to cut the relief needed to let the flare sit flush on the body. You can see how I slipped and almost cut into the face of the flare which would have been visible from the outside. Thankfully I didn't ruin this side. The other side came out perfect.


The same thing with the front lip, I needed to trim it just enough to where it would sit flat.


This was an easy trim to make it flat.


I had originally installed the original flares and marked and drilled the holes to match but my original flares were a much softer type of plastic and much more flexible. The new flares are fairly hard plastic so when trying to make them conform to my new cut fender well, not all of the holes lined up exactly with the original flares. So I attached the flare and the furthest rear hole to where it lined up at the correct height and used vice grips to hold it in the correct position. From there I used a 90* drill to get into the tight spot to drill a new hole in the flare to match the one already drilled into the Jeep.


Once it was secured, I moved the vice grips up to the next hole and repeated the process for any that were not already in the correct spots. Most either lined up or were about 1/8" off, no big deal.


Here is the passengers side fully mounted.


A shot of the driver's side installed. You can pick out that the fender has been cut but I think the 35's are going to fill that in nicely.


The 3" gap left at the front is where I will add my pin striping to follow along the body line of the tub up to the front fenders. I just ordered and paid for my custom pin striping so I should get it in the next couple of weeks. I think I want to wait until the weather gets a little warmer before I try to apply the decals. I think the adhesion during initial installation would be better at 60* instead of the ~35* my garage is currently at.

I just found my thermostat housing has a small leak so I am going to pull that off and reseal it. Once that is done I will install the front flares. Back out to the garage.
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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:26 PM   #1143
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Good job Mike
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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:32 PM   #1144
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Glad to see you making progress with the cold temps
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Unread 02-13-2011, 02:56 PM   #1145
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Flares look real good
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Unread 02-13-2011, 03:30 PM   #1146
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Thanks Mike, I was needing a lesson on the flare install..
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Unread 02-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #1147
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The flares look good Mike. Timely install too as I've been thinking about trimming that part of my tub too. The flares look well made too, what brand are they?
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Unread 02-13-2011, 05:36 PM   #1148
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Mike,

You're correct on the striping. Don't try to install at less than 60 degrees. They'll stick, but they won't cure properly at a lower temp. They'll be in the mail early this week.

Great looking flares!
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Unread 02-13-2011, 07:17 PM   #1149
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Damn, your Jeep has come a long way. Great job.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 07:34 PM   #1150
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Jeep looks AWESOME. I believe this is my first post and you are the lucky winner. I have been reading your post for months now, so between you and 243 it keeps my online time busy. Thanks for all the awesome ideas and the picture's on how to do it. I will be working on my mostly stock 79 CJ7 a little at a time.
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Unread 02-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #1151
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Looks great... I think I've said that a few times in this thread...
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Unread 02-15-2011, 07:17 PM   #1152
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Thanks guys. The Jeep really is coming along and should go together pretty quickly once the weather warms up and I get motivated to work on the last of the pieces that require fabrication.

The parts sticker on the flares have all three Omix/Rugged Ridge/Outland on the label and the part number is 11601.10. They look good but are considerably stiffer plastic than the originals. It just seems like they would be much more likely to crack on an impact than the stock ones would.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 07:40 PM   #1153
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Thanks guys. The Jeep really is coming along and should go together pretty quickly once the weather warms up and I get motivated to work on the last of the pieces that require fabrication.

The parts sticker on the flares have all three Omix/Rugged Ridge/Outland on the label and the part number is 11601.10. They look good but are considerably stiffer plastic than the originals. It just seems like they would be much more likely to crack on an impact than the stock ones would.
Congrats for sticking with your project as long as you have. I give you a lot of credit. I have enjoyed watching the several builds that have lasted multiple years, such as yours, Dave's and Keith's, etc. Very cool. It's one thing to finance the project and yet another to spend the countless hours. But what is most impressive is the consistent motivation to complete it. Great work and I can't wait to see a picture or video of that rig outside in the sun with you behind the wheel smiling from ear to ear!
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Unread 02-15-2011, 07:44 PM   #1154
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Front Flares

I decided to see how the front flares were going to look. Here is the driver's side in place.


I've been considering getting some 1.25" spacers to give me some stance and turning radius back. I'm going to wait and see if I can correct that with wheel backspacing if I end up buying new wheels. I don't think another 1.25" on each side would look too bad. I personally don't like it when they stick out too far from the body but I think the stance and turning radius benefits would be worth it.


It keeps getting closer.
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Unread 02-15-2011, 08:06 PM   #1155
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That looks beautiful! Good job Mike!
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