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Old 01-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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Trimmed fender flares

I've noticed some guys have their flares trimmed to reduce contact with their tires. What is the best way to go about doing this? I like the look and might do it, just don't know how.
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I've noticed some guys have their flares trimmed to reduce contact with their tires. What is the best way to go about doing this? I like the look and might do it, just don't know how.
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If you have the factory flares. I used 3m 3/4" masking tape, (good quality) and ran it as if running a pin stripe, slowly along the first edge from the lowest point from front to back on the flat point. Then using a medium duty blade in a jigsaw I used the top edge of the tape as the guideline and cut the 1" flat section off. Note: take your time, cut slowly or the plastic will get too hot and bunch up (melt). Just be patient and you'll do a great job. Mine looked factory done have fun!

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Old 01-19-2011, 04:12 PM   #3
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Thank you. Have any pics?
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Old 01-19-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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I trimmed mine freehand with a utility knife too. I did mine last summer and it took about 5 minutes. They cut like butter when its warm.
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I used a pencil to draw the 1/4" line on masking tape by hand.
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nice... I need to do this
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I just made a little jig out of wood. it was shaped like a "L" the horizontal part hooked on to the bottom of the fender and the vertical part measure how much i wanted to cut, i attached a pencil to the top part and drew my line.
then i scored it with an knife and peeled it off :]

then i put on some edge molding from autozone to clean it up
mines a tj but you get the idea.
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #8
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Molding is actually a cool idea as long as it's not going to start coming off in summer heat or better yet get ripped off by some bush branch. Makes it look like a very clean job.
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Molding is actually a cool idea as long as it's not going to start coming off in summer heat or better yet get ripped off by some bush branch. Makes it look like a very clean job.
it started comming off at the ends because the curve was alot sharper there and the glue couldnt hold it on, but i put some super glue on the inside and now they're staying put and look the same.
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Sucks. I made mine too short for that molding. So I'll keep on rolling moldingless
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Thank you. Have any pics?
I do have pics. I'm new to forum. Sorry. How do I get them to you?
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Thank you. Have any pics?
I forgot to tell you, leave them mounted that way they will hold their mounted shape. I'll send pics after work.
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I did mine with masking tape and a razor knife. I have a thread on here asking the same question and several poeple did it different ways in the end it was the razor knife that worked best for me. I did clean the edges up with some sand paper on my dremel tool though. Cut through them several times. Score over and over till through.
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If YJ flares are like TJ flares, one score with a knife and bend them in and they'll peel right off... Much faster, and easier, and less mess than anything that will generate heat and cause molten plastic balls to fly everywhere, and leave a nasty edge....
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If YJ flares are like TJ flares, one score with a knife and bend them in and they'll peel right off... Much faster, and easier, and less mess than anything that will generate heat and cause molten plastic balls to fly everywhere, and leave a nasty edge....
True. Just bend the cut open and help with that knife if needed. It'll open up clean and easy in a second.
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I've noticed some guys have their flares trimmed to reduce contact with their tires. What is the best way to go about doing this? I like the look and might do it, just don't know how.
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