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Fender Trimmin'

Discussion in '1936-Present Suburban' started by BurbLover, Nov 5, 2002.

  1. BurbLover

    BurbLover 1/2 ton status

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    Fender Trimmin\'

    I'm thinking about trimming my fenders a bit, or as much as I can. Not sure which yet. Anyway, would you fine gent's (ladies too) please reply with some links to some good pictures of Burb's that have been trimmed around the edges. Thanks.
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  2. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    yep right there in my sig, you can see mine. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    Thanks!! Did you need to do any welding after you finished? I am trying to see what I can do for myself. I will most likely use a die grinder for everything as that is what I have access to easily. I can have a buddy weld it if necessary. Did you trim the rear, or just the front. I am also thinking of trimming my rear quarters up a bit.
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  4. chvyhs

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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    Just measure 6" back from the original fender opening and draw a line diagonaly up to where you want it to meet your original opening. I used a cutoff wheel.

    What size tire do you plan on running and what size lift?

    Here's a pic of mine.
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  5. Muddytazz

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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    By the looks of that pic, you need to think about trimming your rear wheel openings also. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    I came close to rubbing fender but never touched. I'm not going to trim until I get bigger tires. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    hehe, fender triming... I've also trimmed mine. Oh wait, I butchered mine. Still have to do the rear.
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    I cut mine on my Burb and had a bitch of a time doin it... it really pissed me off. I used a reciprocating saw and it was a pain in the ass. I didn't know wtf to do about all the brackets and stuff inside. I cut the piece off and ended up breaken all the blades I had and having to twist the support brackets off. We welded the inner and outta fenders back together to hold them together and melted the paint off. Ended up spray painting the exposed metal chevy blue, looks like $hit. Now I still have to do the other fender and hopefully it will go smoother but it probably wont because I still dont know what the hell I'm doing. It sounds real easy when you hear people talk about it but it was prety damn hard for me. But I am a dumbass so hopefully you will have better luck... /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

    P.S. If you have rear AC I dont think cutting away any of the inner fender on the passanger side is a good idea as there is two rubber AC hoses under near that go back to the rear.
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    My dilemma is I don't want to cut into the inner fender. I want to make sure junk doesn't get in there. I'm thinkin of running some duct tape from the top corner to the bottom point where the inner fender meets the outer. I'll probably do similar thing up front, taking into consideration the side running light.
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    i just hit my inners back with a big F#*$ing hammer! /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif /forums/images/graemlins/burb.gif
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    I just did a few little cuts with my cutoff wheel and a BFH I kept my inner fenderwheels. I was also trying to protect my rear AC. The blue lines are where I cut.
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

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    I was also trying to protect my rear AC.

    [/ QUOTE ] oh is that where the rear a/c lines run? /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif i'm gonna go do some inspecting.
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    This is what I have so far. Since I already smashed my fenders a bit, I would like a good measurement in cm from the fender/door seam forward. My plan is to make a straight line from that mark to the top rounded point of the existing fender. I'll tape it off &amp; cut with a cut off wheel. After that, I plan to take said BFH &amp; gently pound the inner back. (Actually, smash will be more like it.) I have an 88 &amp; I don't believe I have the brackets on the inner fender. I should have the AC lines on the passenger side though. QUESTIONS: Does anybody see problem(s) with my plan? Can someone give me a good measurement in cm from the door/fender seam? THANKS!!!
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  14. Smurfmobile85

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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    Measuring on the seam at the bottom, from the door edge of the fender forward, we have 12cm then angle up to the start of the original curve at the top. Hope that helps!

    Deana
     
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    Re: Fender Trimmin\'

    You should have the brackets. My '77 K5 did too. Just measure from the seam that matches the front of the door, foward 4"-6" and draw a line from there to where you want it to meet your fender opening.
     

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