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post #1 of 9 Old 02-26-2020, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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Sheet Metal Screws for Inner Fender?

I've done the pinch weld mod, but I Haven't done anything to the 'bump' in the inner fender. I need to borrow a heat gun because I don't have one to get that bent back out of the way. I'm getting just minimal rub there with 255's using 1.5" spacers on the wheels.

But just pushing that liner around with my hand, it's nowhere near snug up against the actual fender in there. What's behind that in the 'bump' area? Can I just pop a couple of self tapping sheet metal screws in there and call it good? Or am I going to hit a wiring harness or something? What's behind door number 1?? Anyone? I almost think just holding that thing back up against the true fender would eliminate my rubbing issues. In these two pics you can see the difference in clearance just by pushing it back with my hand.

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post #2 of 9 Old 02-26-2020, 07:53 PM
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Exactly what I did, just added two self tapping screw on each side and it's good to go!
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I drilled a small hole lower down and used a black ziptie. Easy to replace

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i drilled holes and used the same rivets that the fender liner itself uses. very secure.
a hole you drill ahead of time you can paint the exposed metal edges to stop rust. self tappers are a rust death sentence around here (we salt in the winter), especially in the wheel well area.
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I drilled a small hole lower down and used a black ziptie. Easy to replace
I failed to mention: I did a ziptie and drilled only through the plastic. I added zero holes to the sheet metal.
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Thanks guys. I think I'll go that route... maybe heat the 'bump' up with a heat gun and then bend it and secure with a sheet metal screw or 2. Sounds like no big danger of hitting something behind the fender with a screw??

Rust isn't really much of an issue for me in the high desert. Ziptie makes sense, but if there's nothing back there to hit with a screw I like the idea of a more permanent solution.

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Glad I'm not the only one who's done this lmao
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There is a sensor behind the liner, I think it is the tpms sensor
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There is a sensor behind the liner, I think it is the tpms sensor



Yeah that's up quite a bit higher though. Got familiar with that guy doing the pinch weld mod... and the rear air coolant lines are up there too on the passenger side. In the area right near the 'bump' in the fender liner (where the pinch weld used to stick out) there's nothing on the outward side... I was more worried about any wiring or anything that might be mounted on the inside of the fender out of sight. Doesn't sound like that's a concern in that area though....... ?? I'm just talking about a screw or two right down in the lower area where the pinch weld is.

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