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Anyone plan to trim their front fenders

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Metrodps, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I was wondering if anyone was planing on triming their GM fenders that have no rust or damage? If so would you keep the factory ones and use aftermarket fenders?

    I am working on my front end this winter and also need to know how wide and tall the factory grille is on a four head light 87 K5. Figure I will keep her out of the salt this winter untill I can get the underside rust converted and painted then under coat the thing.

    Thanks guys / gals
     
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    CDA 455 3/4 ton status

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    i hacked my no rust truck
     
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    I trimmed my straight rust free front fenders....just a little bit.
     
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    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    So did I.
     
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    stockk5 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    trimming fenders isnt a big deal.. cuz u can get those replaced so easily.. but hacking a rust free body all to hell dragging it on its side.. then throwing it out for tubes... eh not my cup o tea..
     
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    i had brand new nos fenders that i didnt trim. then i flexed into them and messed them up bad. the welds broke up by the windshield and bent / folded the outter skin. if your going to do any wheeling on rocks just cut them now.
     
  8. goldwing2000

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    I'm going to hack mine (rust free) but the p.o. already replaced the fenders with aftermarket. As far as I know, the original fenders have already been recycled into a toaster or something.
     
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    You don't have to take alot off, just where it rubs. When I trimmed mine I just cut a little at a time that way you don't take too much off and regret it later.
     
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    My fenders only had 80k on them when they met the cut off wheel.:D
     
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    I cut mine with no rust.
     
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    If I had nice stock fenders I'd remove and store them, then get aftermarket cheapies and wail on them with a sawzall.
     
  13. Metrodps

    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I don't have any plans to trim mine but if I did I would buy after market if I had clean OEM ones. The after market are cheap (thiner) and no big loss. But you guys that had the clean OEM ones made me cry.... WHY!

    I am searching for CLEAN OEM and found NOS for $499.00 used for $75.00 good used OEM $125.00

    But to me it would seem best if you removed the OEM and trimmed after market ones.

    Just my two cents...
     
  14. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I cut mine because that what I had and I have no intention of owning a show or resto truck. It would be silly IMO to buy aftermarket fenders just to cut them and store the OEM. At least in places (like here) where it does not snow, rust is not a problem.
     
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    Metrodps Strange but nice guy Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    nooooooooooo thats it mister! If your wife ask's, you didn't got it off E-BAY and you paid more than $100 :D
     
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    Look at it this way. Every good part destroyed makes your truck that much more valuable/rare when it's kept in good shape.

    The simple fact is that whoever owns the vehicle has the say in what they do with it and it's pieces. People think about these things differently.
     
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    You have now offended most of the AZ group :haha: :D
     
  18. tRustyK5

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    I carved rust free straight OEM fenders, as well as the rust free bedside portion of my truck. Not just a little trim off the corner either...I'm talking a good 2" all around the wheel openings, more in the rear. :D

    Rene
     
  19. Drey

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    this is for all of you with rust free rigs...



    you really really suck...


    send them to Iowa we will send you rusted fender back...no trimming needed
     
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    I trimmed my rust free original GM fenders to run bushwacker cut-outs. couple of rough trips later and I hacked more, all the way back to the tub. couple of more trips, and everything below the rad support is gone in the front. If I could cut more off I would. I will gladly send you what I cut off.:D
     

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