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Old 11-02-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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Trimmed flares

I was planning on trimming my TJ fender flares for more wheel clearance, Was wondering if anyone knows the best way to go about it, i was just going to cut the side off the fronts, so it gave it a thinner look and i dont know what to do with the rear flares....any tips? easy way to do this?! or can anyone post some examples of what they have done ? appreciate it! thanks

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Old 11-02-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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No tips but the tj i just bought has the rears trimmed. theres A LOT of wheel room now!

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Old 11-03-2011, 12:15 AM   #3
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im liking how it looks on the rear flares! i just gotta see the fronts now
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:05 AM   #4
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Mark them with chalk or tape or what ever is handy, use a very sharp razor knife/box cutter, and score them along your line, bend it in and peel it off. Sand smooth any stuff stuck inside and finish with a fresh coat of Krylon
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Mark them with chalk or tape or what ever is handy, use a very sharp razor knife/box cutter, and score them along your line, bend it in and peel it off. Sand smooth any stuff stuck inside and finish with a fresh coat of Krylon
Exactly what I did. Bend the edge being removed to the inside while you run the razor. Here are my trimmed flares.
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I failed miserably trying to use a dremel, then a multi tool. It just gets too hot and it looks like crap. Luckily, I realized this after only getting through 1/4 of the first flare.

The box knife, exacto, razor blade works the best. Just follow your line carefully and slowly. Make a few passes, cutting deeper with each pass. As InfernoGirl mentioned, just bending them in will break them off after the knife.

I left a little more lip on mine than some of the nice Jeeps pictured above. About an inch and a half or so. The fronts are now gone because I put MCE flat fenders on. The lip of the rear flare matches the flare on the flatty fenders.


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Old 11-03-2011, 10:53 AM   #7
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Exactly what I did. Bend the edge being removed to the inside while you run the razor. Here are my trimmed flares.
I like the way the front looks i may do that to mine!

Would i be able to fit 33''s if i trimmed the front fender flares like that?
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I like the way the front looks i may do that to mine!

Would i be able to fit 33''s if i trimmed the front fender flares like that?
You won't be able to fit them offroad if you are stock height. You will rub them for sure. Heck you'll probably rub them going over speed bumps.

I too left a bit more lip than some... Easier to remove more later than try to put it back...
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I failed miserably trying to use a dremel, then a multi tool. It just gets too hot and it looks like crap. Luckily, I realized this after only getting through 1/4 of the first flare.

The box knife, exacto, razor blade works the best. Just follow your line carefully and slowly. Make a few passes, cutting deeper with each pass. As InfernoGirl mentioned, just bending them in will break them off after the knife.

I left a little more lip on mine than some of the nice Jeeps pictured above. About an inch and a half or so. The fronts are now gone because I put MCE flat fenders on. The lip of the rear flare matches the flare on the flatty fenders.


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You won't be able to fit them offroad if you are stock height. You will rub them for sure. Heck you'll probably rub them going over speed bumps.

I too left a bit more lip than some... Easier to remove more later than try to put it back...
Im the yellow jeep in the second post. i have a 2" lift on it with rears trimmed.
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nicely done...
I agree, that looks great and it has a finish look.
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Im the yellow jeep in the second post. i have a 2" lift on it with rears trimmed.
My bad!

You'll rub offroad still, depending on how you flex....

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