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shortening rock rail

I've got 35's and finding the tires rubbing on the rockrail even with the RE short arm lift. I'm thinking of shortening it approx 2". Does it bolt on with two bolts? Has anyone cut it on an angle? It would look better but I don't know if the end-plug would still fit.
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Two big bolts & about 8 small ones.

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You can cut it at a slight angle and the plugs will still fit. Sawzall or grinder- heck, you can use a Dremel if you have some time to kill, and look at cutting back the pinch seam at the same time. Rattle can any bare metal and done.

Not the best pic- but you can kind of see that mine is cut to be almost parallel with the edge of the tire. 35" tires in this pic.
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Some suspension kits have longer control arms to push the rear tire back to avoid the issue. But in your case - Sawzall and you're good to go!

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Two big bolts & about 8 small ones.

Sawzall is your friend
yip, that's corret on the bolt numbers for a stock Rubi rock rail.

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Do you think bending back the pinch seam is better than cuttung it off?

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Do you think bending back the pinch seam is better than cuttung it off?
JMO- cutting it produces a cleaner look. When you bend it, you risk cracking/ peeling the paint in a larger area, and it can distort the sheet metal. just looks cleaner imo to chop and touch-up.

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