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Can I see some fender trimming?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by K30Blazer, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. K30Blazer

    K30Blazer 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I have a four inch lift with 35's on my Jimmy and will need to do some trimming to fit them. I have seen some good examples on here, and I have seen some not so good ones. Any suggestions? Cutting tool, sawzall? Picture of my current setup. It rubs with the swaybar in.

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    That truck is too pretty to do trimming on. Bust the sawsall out and cut the fenders OFF.
     
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    Use tape and mock out your trim line then use a grinder with cut off wheel just TAKE YOUR TIME ..
    You have a nice rig and if you want to keep it line (lines wise then take the time)

    Also what you should only have to trim is the front lip on the lower part of the front of the fender and the inside lip of the rear of the fender
     
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    very important if using a sawzall, start at the top
     
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    i used a protractor. u know with a needle on one side and a pencil on the other. there used to make perfect circles. i put the needle under the fender and moved the pencil to were it looked good and moved it along. but i trimmed all the way around the fenders.
     
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    i agree, my buddy started from the bottom and he had a nice cut goin straight up. i laughed :haha:
     
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    basically just took a good looking tangent off the factory lines and followed it to the bottom of the fender. Worked pretty well I think. As far as what tool to use, I used about 80% grinder w/ cut off wheel and 20% sawzall. A nibbler or plasma would work too, but I didn't have one.

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    Those diagrams of yunit's truck and some other number i got from trustyk5 helped me come up with a template for my fender trimming. Check out trustyk5's truck, he did a way nice job with his fenders.
     
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    I just did a little trimming on mine, I cut from the top of the beltline trim down cutting down to nothing so it comes out flush with the inner fender at the bottom.

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  13. K30Blazer

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    trust me, I am not totally stoked about trimming as the truck is pretty clean right now, but it has started to trim itself a little during wheeling. :laugh: I don't want to go radical but don't want to tear up metal either. Would a 1 inch body lift help things at all. I am not a big fan of body lifts as I don't think they look good or are that safe, but in this case. :confused:
     
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    Those are some nice clean lines. Im gonna try and do something similar. Did you cut the front of the fenders, or are those stock pieces?
     
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    A little extreme for how nice of shape your truck is in but here's what I did.

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    Thanks! Yes I trimmed the front also, From about the middle of the chrome trim that wraps around. I was going to try and fit the Chrome trim to my front cut, but it was just in too bad of shape. If you want I can get some better pictures tomorrow.
     
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    MIKEY D!!! what kinda lift do you have?, suspension? and body? im trying to see waht i need to stuff 40s in my k30, i got som tuff country springs, i like your fenders they came out mint. thanks, Dave
     
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    Only pic I have for now , until we do the passenger side .

    Anyways , trimmed flush with inner fender , almost straight line . Trim pushed back with no kinks and screwed back on . The screw heads are exposed , but I like it anyway . The rub strip on the body was razor bladed to allow the trim to go perfectly next to wheelwell trim . Ready for bigger tires next tax return :D

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    It'd be a shame to chop such a good looking truck but if it rubs it needs doing!
    I used a sawzall and an air cut of tool. As my '78 is a bit of a beater I just did it buy eye and masking tape rather than getting too technical!!
    I've got about 3" of lift with 35's on 8" rims.

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