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Best tool for "trimming fenders"???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by KRAZIE87K5, Feb 27, 2003.

  1. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    I'm looking at WHACKING my fenders to fit 42s under the K5 with only 7" of lift total... so here is the question, which tool can make the cleanest lines and still make arc's in the fender with ease?

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    Which tool would you want to use to trim your fenders?
    <input type="radio" name="option" value="1" />Sawzall
    <input type="radio" name="option" value="2" />Cut off tool (3" disc)
    <input type="radio" name="option" value="3" />Air nibbler
    <input type="radio" name="option" value="4" />Other (please specify)
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    Thanks all for your help!

    -Dan
     
  2. SAVAGE1

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Plasma Cutter /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I'm poor so I used the Sawzall
     
  3. MEPR

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    well since you probly dont need this thing to be a complete beastie you might consider what i got. I ran down to harbor frieght and grabed a pistol grip air nibler for $45. Perty good and it did my fender triming in 30secs! well worth the cash, that and it will make a much nicer edge than a sawz all.
     
  4. KRAZIE87K5

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Nibbler... thats the way I am leaning too... did it really make it that much faster and a cleaner cut too? If so, I may just have my answer! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    -Dan
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    I used a Die Grinder on mine, made a really clean edge on the cuts.
     
  6. BorregoK5

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    I did the harbor freight air nibbler as well, but used a Sawall for some of the more stubborn areas of the dual fender wall.
     
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  8. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Plasma Cutter /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Hey dan, quit being a bitch. Let's whip out the sawzall and torch since we already have them and trim the damn things up. I'm king of the blade!!!
     
  10. Mudzer

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Smack him down Bryan!!! Actually, I have head the air nibbler works great. How about you buy one, use it then list the part number when you know it works good! - "Bioch" /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Plasma cutter that's what i'm gonna use I tryed the sawzall but it was a little rough /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
  12. KRAZIE87K5

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Doesn't a plasma cutter generate a decent amount of heat? Won't that heat then burn the snot out of the paint thats on the fenders? /forums/images/graemlins/ignore.gif

    -Dan
     
  13. outlaw612

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    A plasm a cutter dosnt generate much heat. As fast as you would be moving cutting somthing as thin as a fender, it shouldnt cause a problem.
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Interco Tires makes an excellent fender trimming tool. They call it The Super Swamper TSL.



    Here is a picture:

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    This tool is very simple to operate. Once the tool is mounted on a suitable rim, bolt it up to the hubs on your truck and go wheeling. After a short drive through the mud and rocks all of the unneccesary fender pieces will be nicely trimmed away.

    The only downfall is that you may have to do some minor finishing to the edges after using this tool as the Super Swamper TSL is notorious for leaving jagged edges after performing a trim.



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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Agreed! I was hoping that I wouldn't have to go that route! :-p

    -Dan
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    A plasma cutter generates an extremely hot flame. However there is no pre heat time like with a torch so the material being cut doesn't have time to soak up any of that heat. Most thin stuff is barely warm to the touch after being cut with a plasma.

    Rene
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Sorry for the confusion, what I was trying to say was that it doesnt leave alot of heat like a torch does. Ive used mine on bodypanels and your right, you can pretty much touch them as soon as your done cutting.
     
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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    Air recipricating saw with a shortened blade, makes the cuts look real purdy like. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  19. Flexy K20

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    I moved my front axle forward an 1" and was going to Hollister the next day so had to cut that front lip quick-style.
    I used a die grinder, and it turned out pretty good. MY friend works at a body shop now, so he is going to cut
    them 1 1/2" 's up all the way around and make it look like stock /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif I will let you know what he uses and how
    it turnes out. Should look perfect. Later
    -fLeXy K20
     
  20. DaveCowley

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    Re: Best tool for \"trimming fenders\"???

    You can use aviation snips. They are clean and cheap.

    Dave Cowley
     

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