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What to use to trim fenders?!?!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ken, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. ken

    ken 1/2 ton status

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    OK, I finally need to do it...trim the front fenders on two of my rigs. I have a Sawzall, but am thinking that will just hack the sh*t out of it and make it look like crap. What do/did you guys use??? An air nibbler?? Die grinder?> What??? HELP!!! Thanks!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    a sawzall will make a mess in my opinion.. use a angle grinder with a cutting wheel, a thin one...

    A sawzall will work but may give it a tearing affect.. i tried it on the back of the /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif and switched to the grinder promptly! /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
  3. A plasma cutter /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    fourwheelerjeff 1/2 ton status Staff Member Moderator

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    how about an air powered cut off tool /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    This is what I used. They make very clean cuts and is very easy to maneuver.

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    I tried all kinds of air powered tools from niblers to reciprocating to die grinders, nothing worked as good and as clean as the sawzall, but to each his own I guess.
    My first cut wasn't the greates but I didn't get close to the lines I wanted untill I had perfct control, then after the cut I snded the edges smooth and then rolled them for a factory look and a stroger edge.
     
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    I'll second the plasma cutter suggestion. Thats how I'm going to do mine. Just make a pattern/jig out of some kind of flexible material, Stick it onto the fender and use it as a guide for the plasma torch....15 seconds later, You're done- And no saw, or nibbler makes a smoother cut than a plasma cutter. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I tried both a cutoff wheel and a sawzall. the sawzall was by far the easiest. just get a friend to grab the fender as its getting cut so it doesnt vibrate. makes it much easier and cleaner.
     
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    The plazma cutter is the ultimate in cutting hands down.
    It is next on my list, but I bought tools for more than 5k this year so it's going to have to wait for a couple of months.
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    Use a Saws-all.....I trimmed my fenders in about 15 minutes.
    I like Milwaukees Bi-Metal 24 teeth blades.....very clean cut. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    Ken, I used a 4" grinder with thin cut off wheel, and it came out great...the Sawzall really rips it up, and when you get to the ends, there's just not enough room for it...the cut off wheel was quick and very smooth cuts...
     
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    i used a cut off wheel, a sawzall and a grinder. cut mine all the way to the rear fender bolts. the second link in the sig links to what we did.
     
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    Thin Cut-off wheel and some clean filing gets my vote. Plasma torch?! I have one, but I doubt the investment of it for trimming fenders is a wise economical choice...but is nice to have in your arsenal /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    angle grinder worked well for me, i took a thin cut off wheel, then put a sanding disk on it, i was able to shave and contour the metal with the sanding disk..
    just have to watch the heat, i got it a little too hot and the paint around it started to turn black, so i cut a little more off and it was fine
     
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    uh just lifted mine more no rubbig with 6 inch susp, 3 inch body 38.5 tsl's but then again it hasen't left my drive way...................sawzaw! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Just use a hack-saw blade and some vice-grips /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
    I promise the power wont get away from you /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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