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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2002, 04:40 PM
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time fer fender trimmin\'

i did a search and see brads,jeffs and elusive's pics.
how about any final words of wisdom before i start hackin to fit my 35's. i imagine i might attach some TJ flares but maybe not. i like the no-flare look and i would have to have some TJ flares first to use as a template right?

i might just stand back and eye-ball a smooth line and cut. i have a sawsall, angle grinder and jig saw. will see which weapon i like best.

any close up pics out there of a hacked YJ?
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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

I jsut did the TJ flares on mine 2 days ago to fit 35" MTR's. I love it, now to see if they rub?! hehehe

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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

so you used the TJ flares as a template? what did you cut with? any pics?
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-28-2002, 08:16 PM
 
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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

Not a YJ but,
I just cut my front and rear fenders a couple of evenings ago. I used a 40.00 pneumatic body saw and 4 blades from harbor freight. All I can say is man is that little saw hungry. It took about 2 minutes for the rear and about 5 for the front including drawing lines to follow. Like a hot knife through butter!! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

Well worth the investment!



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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

I use my air saw for cutting all sorts of things, definetly works good on fenders though.
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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

I used an ancient cheapo jigsaw and a whole pack of new, fine-tooth metal cutting blades. Put several layers of masking tape all around where you are cutting so you don't beat up your paint with the saw.
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No tape necessary with a body saw and you can cut nearly as fast as you can push the saw. Just keep a new blade on it and it cuts real fast and clean. Make sure when you cut curves that you pull the blade out toward the narrow tip of the blade and it will cut nice corners.
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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

The no flare look is the way to go. BTW, I used my angle grinder with 4 1/2 inch metal cutting discs, cut easy, and the small discs can do curves easily. Best yet they are only a couple bucks apiece at Home Depot.
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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

I use the same technique as Brad, a 4 1/2" angle grinder with Nortons really thin cut off wheels. With a little practice and some well marked lines, you can cut with machine like precision. On curves I usually leave the line when i cut it, and come and grind it right up to the line with a grinding wheel. A pad sander with decreasing grits of coarsness can get outstanding results, that are safe to the fingers without any trim.
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Re: time fer fender trimmin\'

I got a Sawzall for fathers day, so I used that. I used the inside of the flare for to marke the lines and just cut them out. Its a tight fit in a CJ because they fit perfectly in with the structural panels for the wheel tub in the front and top.

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