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Old 12-09-2012, 02:29 PM   #1
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Cutting flares

Can you cut the flares with a box cutter? Or would a jig saw be easier

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #2
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I've done it with both on an old XJ. The jig saw is easier to get straight cuts, you have to put a lot of pressure on the box knife and it'll no doubt slip and go anyway it wants/your arm tells it, which isn't straight.

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Old 12-09-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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If you use a boxcutter, don't try to "cut" the flare, just score it. Score it a few times, then bend it back & forth and it will snap right along the score mark. Then polish up the break with some sandpaper.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:57 PM   #4
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I used an air powered saw. It was pretty easy
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:28 PM   #5
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i used offset sheetmetal snips. worked fine for me.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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I used a cutoff wheel on a Dremel. Cut thru it like butter
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:59 AM   #7
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Can you cut the flares with a box cutter? Or would a jig saw be easier
In combination with a heat gun and you are good to go. Apply heat at a the line you have drawn that you want to cut on and it will be a piece of cake. Use a new blade for each fender.
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If you use a boxcutter, don't try to "cut" the flare, just score it. Score it a few times, then bend it back & forth and it will snap right along the score mark. Then polish up the break with some sandpaper.
X2^. That's what I did too. Worked like a champ. Have some extra blades on hand too.
I tried a sabre saw at first. Looked like crap and started to melt the plastic. Got about 5 inches into my first flare and said Fuggit.
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I have a couple of projects going right now so I will get some pics of the jeep up. I know some people do not want to cut on their jeeps.
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Just to add another option if you happen to have one....the Harbor Freight Osculating tool worked great on mine using a cutting blade.
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i used offset sheetmetal snips. worked fine for me.
That's what I used, too....

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