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Running w/o inner fenders?

Discussion in '1969-1972 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Roostr84, Sep 17, 2002.

  1. Roostr84

    Roostr84 1/2 ton status

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    What do you guys think about running without inners. Mine are all rotten in front and I am thinking of just leaving them off? Feedback would be good. Thanks
     
  2. BobK

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    I wouldn't if you run mud or sand.Rock or pavement I don't see too much trouble.Even then there will still be alot of crap thrown into the engine bay(road debris,water when it rains,small animals and children...stuff like that) /forums/images/icons/tongue.gif
     
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    I was thinking about the road debris etc. I am not really planning on running this in rain but mostly the beach and fire trails etc. I dunno I was just throwing around ideas. I usually try to avoid the children but the animals sometimes just have to take one for the team. LOL Actually my only encouners have been my neighbors flock of gunea hens and a goose who oddly enough just stood there and bent his neck over, and the after I passed over just straightened it up and kept walking.
     
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    I'm gona have to cast my vote and say thats a bad idea.
     
  5. rrent

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    Been driving mine without for about 3 years now - they came with the truck - in the back when I got it - I figure I'll repaint them and install after the next motor change.
    Motor does get dirty from road grime - I never have it in the mud - haven't had any problems I blamed the lack on inner fenders for.
     
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    id say leave them on and if they are too bad replace them.your engine will get a lot of crap thrown at it including rocks from your front tires.
     
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    <font color="blue">Mine are off. I don't do a lot of mud, so it's not a problem.
     
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    I'e seen it done, but it does result in a dirty motor. I would just replace them, they can't cost that much.
     
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    On a lifted trcuk, running without the fender wells is great, had mine off for six months and I'm not putting them back in. Makes checking the fluids, inspecing the engine and a slew of other things really easy. It doesn't get that much dirt without them, no more than running a dirt road with them, but open air elements suffer from the rain a bit more. I wouldn't do heavy mud running like this though.
     
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    All good points about running without inners. Here are a couple more I didnt see. If you got a 67-72 watch your rocker panels real close and keep them nice and clean. Especially if the front plug is missing. Dont know if this applies to 73 and up. I learned this the hard way, my rockers almost filled up with sand which keeps moisture which causes RUST!! Had to do a fair bit of bondo-glassing on my rockers. Sand also gets in the hood hinges.
     

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