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Old 06-16-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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YJ fender trimming

Anyone have any step by step pictures, or video, of trimming fenders on a YJ? After pictures of a fender trim would be cool too?

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Old 06-16-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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i never touched the fronts but on the rear i just eyeballed it basicly... you can only go so far forward and for the back it was just a guess

don't have any pics of it with the flare off but this is with about 4" of lift and 36x12.50


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Old 06-16-2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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A lot of guys tape where the want to cut to get straight edge. Good luck
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:26 PM   #4
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i never touched the fronts but on the rear i just eyeballed it basicly... you can only go so far forward and for the back it was just a guess

don't have any pics of it with the flare off but this is with about 4" of lift and 36x12.50

What did you use to cut with?
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:05 PM   #5
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Body saw
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cuttoff wheel

In order of ease.

Most use a cut off wheel on an angle grinder. Tape off were you want to cut and have at it.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:47 AM   #6
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I used a sawzall but would use a cutoff wheel if I do it again to another one
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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Body saw
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cuttoff wheel

In order of ease.

Most use a cut off wheel on an angle grinder. Tape off were you want to cut and have at it.
Sweet I'll get to work! Or on second thought maybe I can come down and have you do it
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #8
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I did my custom fenders with a 4.5" cutoff wheel, a dremel to finish things up, and garden edging.

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Garden edging install?
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I haven't done the rears yet.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:01 PM   #11
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Sweet I'll get to work! Or on second thought maybe I can come down and have you do it
Haha sac isnt too far from you.

Really though it is prettysimple with an angle grinder and cut off wheel. You can hold it pretty steady with the handle and I like to score cut first before I cut all the way through. Dont use much pressure and your discs will last longer and it will be easier to control
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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Yeah, I used plastic garden edging. Let's see if I can find a better pic.

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Old 01-01-2014, 05:28 PM   #13
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Yeah, I used plastic garden edging. Let's see if I can find a better pic.

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I will post a write-up and better pics after I finish it later this week.


Did you ever post the other pictures? Great concept!
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:56 PM   #14
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its easier if you just use an exacto knife and take your time. no need to use power tools to cut through plastic. and tape won't be perfect but its helpful if you have bad eyes or want to see what it looks like before you cut. heres how mine turned out.





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Old 01-01-2014, 06:10 PM   #15
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looks great,,i have been wanting to do mine to ,,but everytime i look at it i love the way they look like they are,,,--but again i will admit that before i got my yj i absolutly hated everything about them including the square headlights but now there my fovorite looking jeep, my wife bought it for me a few years ago as a bd present and when i saw it i was like ohh god it,s a yj,,,it had a couple problems and she said lets just go to the dealership that i worked at and get a new 1 , well the only one theey had was a 4 door rubi and i turned it down, thats right i turned it down,,fixed my rusty frame threw a 4inch lift slapped on some 33s and painted it olive drab and love it to death...they have a special look all there own and mine serves me very well, now if i were rich enough i would have at least 1 of each but dont see that happening so i will stay with the yj and if i ever trade it would be for another yj,,which i may do sometime very soon,,,lol

if i ever do the fender cut i will look this thread up aand cut them like you did,,looks great !!
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Here are some pics of mine. I took some old beat up flares that came off of a TJ and fit them on my YJ.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:44 AM   #18
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I trimmed mine a while back. I'm not one for stopping what I'm doing every five minutes to clean my hands off just to take a picture, but I did get a couple when I did my fenders, since it was a long process between cutting, sanding, priming, painting..

I only rattle canned mine since it's a trail rig and not a beauty queen.. If I scratch some paint off, I'll pull out the can and fix it in about 5 seconds.. Since I used Matte Black, the paint blends very easily.

In the last picture, you can see the 3 main bolts that hold your fender to the grille.. I recommend taking those out and then you can pull each fender away from the grille about an inch or two and wedge something in there to hold it away.. This way you don't cut into it and you don't have to remove the entire fender because the bolts that hold it to the firewall/body are a PITA to get to without removing a lot of things..

Cutoff wheels work great if that's all you have to work with since the fenders are such a small gauge steel. My tool of choice is an air powered reciprocating saw (kind of like a small, straight sawzall/jig saw). You can get a decent one from Northern Tools for about $40-$50 or you can go all out and get a nice Snap-On one for about $300 and have a lifetime warranty.. Although the cheap ones work pretty well..

Also, you can remove the tubular support from the under side of the fenders (it will stick out like a sore thumb if you don't) because you'll still have the 4" wide flat smaller support towards the top/center. You can also see this one in the last picture. It gives plenty of support as I sit on both fenders quite often when working under the hood. They may bend down just a little on the outside edge but are easily pushed back up in place by hand.

I left the wholes for the factory side markers but ended up putting a small LED inside the fenderwell instead. This keeps a dangling wire out from under there and it keeps you from smashing the lens if you go on a tight trail.

I've since filled the whole that's above my LED (where the factory side marker wires came through). It's the same size as your drain wholes in your floorboard so you can get plugs for super cheap and it'll pop right in there And I've also removed that gawdy 3" BL in favor of the 1" daystar (future tummy tuck plans) so that enormous gap isn't there anymore either lol.

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Old 01-08-2014, 03:47 PM   #19
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Did you ever post the other pictures? Great concept!
I kinda forgot, and it's snowing now. I'll write a quick bit about what I did.
I got some black garden edging (make sure they are rubber or plastic and not biodegradable) and trimmed the V-shaped piece off the underside with a razor.

Then I removed the plastic fenders and cut the metal fenders how I wanted them.
I drilled some 1/8" holes about 3/8" from the edge of the metal, painted the holes and cuts, and popriveted (stainless with washers) the garden edging to the underside of the metal. If the garden edging isn't pliable enough or you want a tight bend, use a heat gun on it (carefully).

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