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Old 01-09-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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do rubi rails need trimmed?

I have a 2.5" lift with 35/12.5/15 tires. I just purchased and put on a set of mopar rubi rails. The rail is probably less than 2" from the rear tire. Will this rub or do i need to trim the rails? I would like to know before i install my ace rock rails this weekend... thanks

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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I have a 2.5" lift with 35/12.5/15 tires. I just purchased and put on a set of mopar rubi rails. The rail is probably less than 2" from the rear tire. Will this rub or do i need to trim the rails? I would like to know before i install my ace rock rails this weekend... thanks
Should have plenty of room with the lift.

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:01 PM   #3
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I believe they should be trimmed with 35's. at full flex it might rub. You could always jack up one side and see if it gets closer
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This topic seems to be one of those that can't be answered explicitly one way or the other. It's sort of a gray area and depends on many variables.

My 35s were too close for my comfort so I trimmed them and the pinch seam.
I just didn't like it being that close to my $260 tires.

A free, 2 hour job and the task was done and I feel much better after doing it.

I'd suggest you do it. My .02.

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Should have plenty of room with the lift.
There definitely isn't plenty of room IMHO.

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You have to take into account the added diameter of the tire when you air down as well.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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I trimmed my pinch seam a little differently. I put about a 1" slit in the bottom about an inch from the edge. The slit was vertical. Then about six inches up I put a 45* slit in. Then I bent it back into the wheel well. Sorry no pics, don't have my Rubi anymore. BTW I also had put the smittybilt flat fender flares on it. I was planning on 35" tires without a lift. I did also have a 3/4" leveling kit. Never installed it, well I have now, it's on my gecko jkus.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:35 PM   #6
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This topic seems to be one of those that can't be answered explicitly one way or the other. It's sort of a gray area and depends on many variables.

My 35s were too close for my comfort so I trimmed them and the pinch seam.
I just didn't like it being that close to my $260 tires.

A free, 2 hour job and the task was done and I feel much better after doing it.

I'd suggest you do it. My .02.


There definitely isn't plenty of room IMHO.

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You have to take into account the added diameter of the tire when you air down as well.
What did you use to cut your rails and pinch seam? And what did you do to the exposed edges after you cut them? Did you paint over them or anything to prevent rusting?
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:52 AM   #7
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trimmed mine too
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:47 AM   #8
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Trimming mine this weekend.
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What are all of you using to cut them?
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What are all of you using to cut them?
Hack saw, sawzall, cutoff wheel on grinder. Those work well
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What are all of you using to cut them?
A cutoff wheel (rotary tool) for the pinch seam, and a reciprocating saw for the Rubi rails.

I put Commando Green paint on the pinch seam bare metal and flat black paint in the Rubi rail exposed metal.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:28 AM   #12
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A cutoff wheel (rotary tool) for the pinch seam, and a reciprocating saw for the Rubi rails.

I put Commando Green paint on the pinch seam bare metal and flat black paint in the Rubi rail exposed metal.
thanks, i'll hopefully have everything trimmed and on by tomorrow

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