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Unread 06-04-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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trimming the pinch seam

I just finished installing my metalcloak overlines and preparing everything for my 37's. At the moment, I'm not running a lift. I haven't mounted my tires yet, so I am just eyeballing and using a measuring tape right now, but...

A couple of questions:

1) the front seems to have a lot of clearance to the seam. I'm guessing that I probably won't have to trim the front at all, but if so, maybe very minimal. Those of you that have run MC's, no lift, and 37s, is this true?

2) the rear looks like I am going to have to trim the seam a decent amount. I hate the way folding over the seam looks. Has anyone trimmed and ground it flat to the tub and welded a flat plate to make is nice and smooth? Any issues you can think of that would make me regret doing it this way? My biggest concern is that I read that the expandable foam inside the tub is flammable and I am a little concerned about welding to that area.

At the very least, I need to make sure it is roadworthy before I mount my tires because I am taking the TPMS out of my stock wheels, so there is no going back once I mount the tires. I'll worry about offroad clearance once I get my tires mounted and am able to flex it out a little with all 4 37s on.

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Unread 06-04-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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37"s gearing and the d30 will be the main issue. off road better have a lite foot. 37" are pushing a d44
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We have cut a ton in the rear of our JK. Pictures to fallow soon in our build thread.

You can cut way back. Yes, be carefull of the foam. Best thing to do is cut and test flex. Then, cut some more. For now, we just painted ours black so the rust would not set in until we get everything dialed in.

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Unread 06-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #4
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We have cut a ton in the rear of our JK. Pictures to fallow soon in our build thread.

You can cut way back. Yes, be carefull of the foam. Best thing to do is cut and test flex. Then, cut some more. For now, we just painted ours black so the rust would not set in until we get everything dialed in.

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I'll stay tuned. BTW, I'll be in contact again soon about those 5.38's to take care of the gearing!
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Awesome! Just let me know and we will make it happen!

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Unread 06-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #6
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Like Jason said, there is highly flammable foam behind the seam. Be careful cutting into the seam. You would definitely want to clear it out before any attempt to weld there.
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