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Hey guys, I'm always stalking craigslist for good deals, and today I scores a set of Smittybilt XRC fenders and some brand new rock sliders for a heck of a deal. So of course I can't wait to put my new toys on, and show them off. Just to clarify, these are they super narrow XRC fenders, not the corner armor. But my question is this: I see a lot of people run this Smittybilt fenders with no fender liner, which is not really an aesthetically pleasing option to me. The second option is a little arts and crafts and cutting the fender liner. I'm willing to give this a shot, and see how it comes out. If all else fails, I will be looking into the Metal Cloak fender liners. Either way, how easy are these liners to cut? Can I just use heavy duty scissors? or Tin Snips? I plan on reattaching the liners with screws and washers. I looked and couldn't really find any tutorials or guides on cutting them.

Also, I think I'm going to chop my bumper when installing these flares. These super skinny flares and a stock bumper would look goofy. I plan on grinding the bumper, and taking the plastic off to give it that kind of bare minimal functional look. Still looking up info on how to do that!
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Mark the area you want to cut while the inner liner is in. Then remove the liner and cut with a dremel or a cut off wheel. Snips may work but would be a bitch.

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I'll be borrowing an angle grinder to cut the bumper, I guess I'll ask if he has a cut off wheel too!
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I used a utility knife. It's not really too bad that way.


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How well do these mount back up? Is it pretty easy to see someone cut them, or does it look pretty good?
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my friend used tin snips. im going to do the same. i ordered new clips for remounting

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I used a heavy duty pair of scissors and worked great. This was when installing my bushwackers.
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Scissors and a file to smooth edges of fronts, removed rears completely and just painted body black where visible.

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Also, if you mess up, you can order replacement mopar liners from qtech.

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The instructions for the Poison Spyder flares includes instructions on trimming the liners.
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The instructions for the Poison Spyder flares includes instructions on trimming the liners.

Can I find these instructions somewhere online?
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Not everyone has a band saw laying around but they work great and do not throw melted hot plastic all over your arms. You can also make nice round corners and take a little at a time quick and test your fit as you go.
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Not everyone has a band saw laying around but they work great and do not throw melted hot plastic all over your arms. You can also make nice round corners and take a little at a time quick and test your fit as you go.
After reading through tons of forums, I've decided to go with Metal Cloaks aluminum inner fender replacements. The $180 is worth the protection and clean looks. It's really not that much money in the scheme of keeping an engine clean and preventing water damage a little bit more.
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Good idea. They look great too.
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Ok, so I got a wild hair this weekend, and decided to give it the 'ol "college try". Worse comes to worst I can always go with the original plan and order the metal liners, and if it comes out ok, I'll save the money. I've go the fender liner pulled off the jeep, with it still attached to the fender flare. My plan is, since the flare is flush with the body lines, just use the edge of the flare to mark where I wanna cut, and then use a heat gun to mold and make it work. I assume this will work, but can anyone give me any advice for marking the lines I need to cut? Thanks in advance!!
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btw, i just cut mine today. i used heavy duty scissors...i shit you not. didnt even make a line or look. just cut outside of the 4 bolt holes. cake work. the cutting took 40 seconds each liner. the hardest part of it was getting the fuckin clips off from the fender

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Aviation snips work well, they're double-jointed.
Inner liners trimmed per PSC. Can't really see it but, basically, everything black under the fenders.

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Aviation snips work well, they're double-jointed.
Inner liners trimmed per PSC. Can't really see it but, basically, everything black under the fenders.

damn your jk looks sweet.

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Aviation snips work well, they're double-jointed.
Inner liners trimmed per PSC. Can't really see it but, basically, everything black under the fenders.
Looks great, I like the color.

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So just to update, I finished these, and upon further inspection, they fender is actually 3 pieces. The liner, the fender, and the hard shell under the fender. The three are separable, and with a little finesse and carefulness, you can get them all apart. After that it's just a matter of bolting the fender liner back in, and making cuts where you see fit. I cut a little less than I needed, and tucked the liner back inside of the fender, and it came out great!

I would say this project is 80% getting the balls to do it, 10% patience, and 10% skill. For anyone reading this and wondering if they can do it, I say go for it. IF you mess one up, you can buy the stock liner for $35 bucks and try again.
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Did yall just use large washers over the factory bolts?

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i used kitchen scissors and yes, i used large washers

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