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Inner Fenders....Yay or Nay?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by RustBuket, May 4, 2005.

  1. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    Just wanted to hear some testimonials for or against removing inner fenders. This is for mostly a street vehicle with the occaisional bit of wheeling. Since the lip on the fender was rusted out I was thinking about just cutting it off but since the inner fender was attached there, I was just going to cut it off. I was also thinking about skinning the fender to save some weight while I'm at it. What do you think?
     
  2. CHEVY 4WD

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    I vote keep them... They only time I would ever get rid of them is if you have a show truck that never goes off the road. Your engine will get really dirty and if you ever go in mud or water its REALLY bad but on the other hand if you dont have alot of money in your motor and dont care if it gets covered or not go for it.
     
  3. mtn. burb

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    Keep'em.

    They are handy to bolt things to and without them, you'll have a mess in the rain.
     
  4. jekbrown

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    for how you use your rig, keep them. If you get more into wheelin, ditch em and run some sort of rubber skirts to protect the engine from mud splash.

    j
     
  5. 81jimmyslt

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    I kept mine and I'm glad I did. Mostly because my rig is multipurpose, mud, rocks, sand, If you like mud or water keep them on.


    Jesse
     
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    i agree, if you do any amount of mudding than you'll want them for sure. if it never sees mud i'd ditch em tho. i've thought about pulling mine and running some sort of removable rubber splash guard for playing in the mud, but i've got too much crap that i've bolted to them, and im too lazy to redo the whole engine bay.
     
  7. RustBuket

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    Well thx for the oppinions guys. When I do go 4x4ing, its probably 50% mud and such. I think I may take them out (cruise doesn't work anyways) and build some sort of rubber splash guard. What would you reccomend for material?
     
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    mud flaps, conveyer belt, whatever.

    j
     
  9. RustBuket

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    Mud flaps would probably be the easiest stuff to get ahold of. Thx for the ideas. Oh, another Q: can you just buy a new non-cruise speedo cable that just goes straigh from gauge to the t-case?
     
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    make sure you get the thick rubber style mudflaps. the harder plastic style are terrible for shaping
     
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    I pulled mine to put my motor in and had planned on putting them back in, but now I have decide not to because the ease of getting to critical engine items and this is what I do.


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    Don't have to climb up on the bumper, hit my head on the hood and get comfortable in the compartment. Hey if I forgot a tool, no biggie, just slide right out.
     
  12. RustBuket

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    Good tip! Boy does that look uncomfortable!
     
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    Actually it is quite comfortable. Just sit on the tire and go to twon on what you need to do. Only PITA is after I put the 40's back on getting in, but you can squeeze by.
     
  14. dontoe

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    Hmmm..........wonder if ya could make 'em quick to remove and replace?
     
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    I am still working on that one. I am thinking something along the lines of twist loks instead of bolts to the fender. Of course I will probably do that when I end up fabricating another set of inners.
     
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    Yea, something like the quarter pops on older aircraft?
     

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