Chopped Fender Flares Pics! - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK Jeep Wrangler Forum > JK General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 04-25-2013, 07:58 PM
Thread Starter
  #1
Jeeper
 
SloanG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Waxhaw NC
Posts: 109
Chopping mine tomorrow, I really like the slim flares like the picture below but I'm worried it will begin to sag without any supports or structure underneath. Anyone else have slim chopped flares? If not I would still love to see pics of chopped flares so I can get an idea of what I'm going to be looking at tomorrow!

Thanks!
Sloan

NOT MY JEEP

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3130361750.jpg
Views:	202
Size:	156.7 KB
ID:	241120   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2330478970.jpg
Views:	190
Size:	108.5 KB
ID:	241121  

SloanG is offline   Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
WF Moderator

WF Lifetime Member
WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 53,757
Looks fantastic. What did you use to cutim ?

kjeeper10 is offline   Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 08:05 PM
Thread Starter
  #3
Jeeper
 
SloanG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Waxhaw NC
Posts: 109
Haven't cut them yet, not my jeep but that's what I want to do, only concern is if they will sag overtime without the supports
SloanG is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-25-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
WF Moderator

WF Lifetime Member
WF Supporting Member
::WF Moderator::
 
kjeeper10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 53,757
Quote:
Originally Posted by SloanG View Post
Haven't cut them yet, not my jeep but that's what I want to do, only concern is if they will sag overtime without the supports
I would not worry with that much cut off.
kjeeper10 is offline   Quote
Old 04-25-2013, 10:14 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Wildomar
Posts: 1,383
In this picture right below the flares there is a big piece of plastic , if you trim it down it will give you the support you want for your flares

Mine have been cut for awhile and no issues
Jaker jk is offline   Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 06:10 AM   #6
Jeeper
 
DD293G's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pine Bush, NY
Posts: 241
Quote:
Originally Posted by SloanG View Post
Chopping mine tomorrow, I really like the slim flares like the picture below but I'm worried it will begin to sag without any supports or structure underneath. Anyone else have slim chopped flares? If not I would still love to see pics of chopped flares so I can get an idea of what I'm going to be looking at tomorrow!

Thanks!
Sloan

NOT MY JEEP

Trimmed mine over a year ago, still holding up good
__________________
2010 JKU
2014 JKU
1989 MJ
1985 J20
1972 DJ-5
1993 YJ
DD293G is offline   Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 06:28 AM
Thread Starter
  #7
Jeeper
 
SloanG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Waxhaw NC
Posts: 109
Anyone gone with a thinner flare?
SloanG is offline   Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 10:32 AM   #8
Jeeper
 
Matador's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,807
I did mine a couple of weeks ago and I think they came out nice. I learned some important tips along the way.

1. Use french curves: go out to the local art store and pick up a set of 3 differently sized transparent french curves. The reason you want to cut the fender edges with curves is because the door edge trim you apply when your done doesn't like sharp corners. The smoother the curve the better. I measured horizontal and vertical points, found the perfect curve angle so the apex hit the straight line. I would then mark the two points on the french curve itself so when I carried it over to the opposite fender I would flip it over and line up the same dots. This ensured that the curves were identical on both sides.



2. Cutting: after I taped and marked off the curves I wanted, it was time to cut. the outer fender is plastic riveted to the inner wheel well liner. I found it was best to separate the two. It's a PIA but without the wheel liner getting in the way, you'll have a better time cutting. If you leave the wheel liner in, the blade of the jigsaw sometimes hits it and causes it skip and give you problems with the cut. In terms of the jigsaw itself, use a variable speed one. Too fast and you'll melt and clump the plastic. Too slow and you'll be cutting forever. The trick is finding the right speed. Use a high tooth count blade, preferably for plastic but a metal cutting blade also works.

3. Wheel Liners: with the wheel liner out, you'll cut along the lines and think your doing an amazing job, then you mount it and your left with huge gaping holes in the back


I thought for sure that I had done something wrong, but then I realized that the factory liner bends out at that point and no matter how you cut it, your going to be left with the hole. I then realized that its plastic and could be reshaped. I hit with a heat gun and used a hammer to push it back and hold the position by leaning against the tire until it cooled.


I did that for a while and eventually I got it to curve back in and cover most of the gap


I did the same thing for the back. Most guys just remove the back wheel liner but I reused mine, by curving it back it looks good, you can hardly notice it and it protects the Jeep.

Overall its fairly easy to do, just take your time and you should be fine. When your done just file down the edges smooth and get some edge trim from your auto parts store. It looks like this

__________________
-Lou
2017 JKUR: AEV front and rear bumpers / AEV Pintler Onyx / Warn VR 10-S winch / Vision X Light Cannon lights / Spod / ARB twin compressor
Matador is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.