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Removing front inner fenderwells?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by eldon519, Jun 2, 2002.

  1. eldon519

    eldon519 1/2 ton status

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    Alright, i'm in the process of removing the inner fenderwell and i need to know if there is anything else that needs to be done with it. Do i need to move everything that sits on top of it or will it be fine just to leave the stuff there. It's not going in the mud or anything so i shouldn't have to worry too much about dirtying the engine up.
     
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    You may need to add some support for your battery tray, but I think most of it bolts to the fender itself and the core support. On the drivers side you may have to do something with the windshield washer bottle but I'm not sure. I haven't had a washer bottle in 5 years now.

    Rene
     
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    . I haven't had a washer bottle in 5 years now.

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    LOL... Mine has not worked in about 4 years.
     
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    any other tips on this? I am thinking about ditching my inner fenders too...

    J
     
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    just curious- if it's not going in the mudd,,, why are you getting rid of them? I was thinking it was for flex or something, but if this is for off-road, it's going to get dirty, be it mudd or sand, or whatever, its going to..even dust..if you've ever looked at the inside of an innerfender on an "on road" rig, you can see all the crap caked up in there..thats all going to be in/on your engine. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me??? or maybe cause I just spend $$ on new inners, and put them on ..??

    Brandy
     
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    I'm with you Brandy! I think the inner fender removal thing started in the '80's so that you could see the chromed out motor in the poser cream puff street 4x4's. I think that anyone that actually drives their truck off road would regret removing them. My $.02

    Mike
     
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    I've been running inner-fenderless for 3 months now.No chrome for me!! But it sure is alot easier to work on the motor!NO A/C,heater.hardtopless,tailgateless and half doors!!!But then again I live in AZ....so no need to worry bout weather problems!!
     
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    I haven't had any inners for 3 years...no chrome, no problems.....I like it a lot! In '74 they didn't have much mounted to the inners.
     
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    You can think of it however you want, but trust me, my engine isn't a pretty sight to see to begin with. Absolutely no one would be awed by it's sight. Big tires and low lift are the new style. Huge lift and rolling over isn't. I've got a perfectly good mud truck besides this one. Besides inner fenderwells don't really keep your engine clean to begin with. My Superduty has a nice coating of Georgia red clay on it and it's got inner fenderwells. My old Tahoe was the same way. I figure if I'm just driving around with no inner fenderwells in dirt and rocks, it won't be particularly bad. Have you never done donuts in a dirt patch until you can't see anymore, all that dirt is gonna get sucked into your intake as well. It's got it's pros and cons i suppose but i want room for the 42's that are coming. Plus it makes the engine run cooler.
     
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    If you do decide to buy new ones make sure that if you have dual quad shocks up front to get the inner fender wells with the cut outs otherwise they will be a pain in the arse to get in and will always hit the top of your shocks ..You can get new ones for around 40$ a pop at www.autobodyspecialt.com.....
     
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    If we didn't live in such a wet climate I'd ditch mine too. My engine compartment actually stays relatively clean and dry so i'm keeping mine. I have hacked the back of the inners off as part of my fender trim though. If my next set of tires hit anything it will be the floor area of my tub...

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