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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-25-2000, 01:08 PM
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what saw to use when cutting sheetmetal- TJ flare

What type of saw do I need to use when I am installing TJ flares on my YJ? I need to cut the sheet metal.
I know this sounds dumb, but the TJ flares I got say L and R on them. Obviously for left side and right side. But which way, looking at the jeep or sitting in the jeep? In other words is the left side the drivers side and the right side the passengers side? Or vice-versa.
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Re: what saw to use when cutting sheetmetal- TJ flare

I have tried many methods but I am most comfortable with a Jigsaw and a metal cutting blade with about 24-32 teeth per inch. Nice clean cut and all the control you need. I cut my CJ this way when I did TJ flares and again this way when I went 'Flattie'

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My tool of choice is my Makita (plug) circular saw with a metal cutting blade. Not a finesse tool when it comes to cutting sharp corners or getting into tight spots, but cuts sheet metal like butter (exaggeration of course), and cuts clean.

Next up is the air powered cut-off wheel. Cut's a little slower (actually a lot slower), but you can get into the tighter spots and cut corners easier. I often use it in conjuntion with the above favorite.

Next up would be an air powered jigsaw with a saw blade as the previous poster mentioned.

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Re: what saw to use when cutting sheetmetal- TJ flare

I like the cutoff wheel. Patience helps here. You get good after a while, and your hand gets steady. Cut good and you can take a little tiny bit off at a time without bending the metal. I would think the jigsaw would scratch the paint?



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Re: what saw to use when cutting sheetmetal- TJ flare

Left is the driver side and right is the passenger...just like you thought.

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Matt you are correct you will chip the paint if you do not use the right blade.
Also if you run a strip of masking tape along where you are cutting it will keep the base of the jigsaw from chipping the paint as well as help with any chipping caused by the cut itself. I have been told by many folks how 'clean' my 'flattie' job looks.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]

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The jigsaw was the best recommendation for finesse. Allows good movement and ability to follow lines. Make sure to look behind the sheet metal to make sure you don't cut anything important. BTW --- to keep from scratching the paint lay a couple of strips of masking tape down so the face of the saw will slide on tape, not on paint...!

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From what I understand, and I've never used one myself, the ultimate tool for cutting sheet metal is a plasma cutter. Kinda EXPENSIVE though. I think they also draw a huge load, had a friend at a body shop back in AZ, he never wanted to even turn the thing on unless he had to do a lot of cutting.

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Re: what saw to use when cutting sheetmetal- TJ flare

tin snips offer even more finess if they are good ones.

dont tape all over your fender, just tape up the deck of the JIGSAW itself!

get the finest metal blade you can find ( LOTS of teeth), and take it easy on thedirectional changes then use a file or some sandpaper to clean the edge, itll be razor sharp and rip your hand to shreds if you arent careful.


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Re: what saw to use when cutting sheetmetal- TJ flare

You could use a "nibbler", it is like a set of electric snips. It will cut any shape you want and makes a clean smooth cut without chipping the paint or curling up the edge. I have used them several times for cutting metal roofing tin. I have always thought that I would use one if I went to TJ flares on my CJ. If you don't have access to one, you could probably rent one for less than $12/day.

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