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post #16 of 26 Old 09-05-2012, 01:55 PM
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Could you use a roto-zip with a metal wheel? That's what I plan to attempt.


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post #17 of 26 Old 09-05-2012, 04:27 PM
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Why are you cutting your pinch seam?
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Why are you cutting your pinch seam?
Probably for larger tires to fit in the wheel wells. When I put 37's on mine, I couldn't slide a finger between the rock rails and the tires. So I trimmed the rock rails about 3" and the rear pinch seam about 2.5". Tires stuff into the wheel wells just fine now.

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Why are you cutting your pinch seam?
Sticks out too far. Don't want to be hitting a bump in the road and slammin' that metal triangle into my nice new Duratracs. Used an angle grinder and it came off pretty easy.

Interestingly, my 35 X 12.5" tires fit real nice under my jeep with stock suspension, stock fenders, stock everything. No rubbing, no bump stops needed, lift, no nothin'.

The 4.75" BS on my wheels helped I'm sure, but still, I figured it'd rub at least a LITTLE bit from all the panicky posts I see on here all the time. Grow a pair and throw 'em under there! They fit fine. Obviously I'm not dumb enough to try articulating offroad or anything until I get my lift finished obviously.

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Plasma cutter. If you're going to be cutting much metal (and if you're jeeping, you will) it is a worthy investment. I got mine from a company in NH that makes them in house, only $389. It'll blow through 1/2" steel like it's not even there.

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Chop saki kung-fu chop....
Stare at it threateningly and see if it will just fall off?
One swing of Grabthars Hammer...
Cut a notch in your tires so that it won't touch them.

Just a few more options...

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Didn't I read where some people simply use a BFH and bend the pinch seam over?
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Plasma cutter. If you're going to be cutting much metal (and if you're jeeping, you will) it is a worthy investment. I got mine from a company in NH that makes them in house, only $389. It'll blow through 1/2" steel like it's not even there.

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Although I love me some plasma cutter - I would not reach for that tool on the pinch seam. using a cutoff wheel on the die grinder darkened the paint about 1/16" - an easy hit with primer and spray touch up fixed it. The sawsall would probably have done even less - but the reciprocating part is a pain in my thinking.

A plasma cutter would have fried it back at least an inch AND on the backside where you CANT stop rust with spray!!

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Didn't I read where some people simply use a BFH and bend the pinch seam over?
I initially tried that, and said, "Aw, **** that!", took too much effort to barely bend it and isn't very precise. What if you miss and hit the broadside of the Jeep?

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Although I love me some plasma cutter - I would not reach for that tool on the pinch seam. using a cutoff wheel on the die grinder darkened the paint about 1/16" - an easy hit with primer and spray touch up fixed it. The sawsall would probably have done even less - but the reciprocating part is a pain in my thinking.

A plasma cutter would have fried it back at least an inch AND on the backside where you CANT stop rust with spray!!
Really, the sawzall even with a standard demo blade, went right through. Clean cut, no problem at all. If you used a finer tooth blade it would have been even smoother.
I put tape on to minimize side effects, but I really don't think even that was necessary.

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