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post #1 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Ahem... customized the rear fenderwell pinch seams...

I was fooling around in my field today and running my jeep up a stump.
I have pictures, but do not know how to post them.
With the lockers engaged it was pretty shocking how well it would climb.

The rear wheels (BF 37"s) were hitting a pinch seam that is just under the rubi rock rail in the rear fender well.

I pulled the wheels off and, ahem... customized the sheet metal by beating it flat at both wheel wells with a sledge hammer.

Kinda tough to do on a brand new rig...

Is there a better solution?

I could have cut them off (I have a fully equiped shop with a plasma arc, grinders, sawzalls whatever...)

But folding it over and painting the "fixed" sheet metal seemed like the best solution.

What have you done?

I'm having some minor hammer remorse...
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-07-2012, 12:24 AM
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uhmmmmm I spent about 10 seconds each and cut off with sawzall

I finally ditched that "other" forum
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I thought about that, but was concerned about creating a gap where moisture could enter the pinch seam.

The sheet metal was already damaged from the tire rubbing it in reverse.

I live the the northwest near Seattle.
It rains here.

Not saying what you did was wrong.
Did you seal it with mastic?
Did cutting it create a gap?

I could easily remove the bent/folded material with a cutting wheel on a 4" grinder.
But I won't...
Its done now.
And I'm lazy.

I was having hammer remorse.
I'm over it.
The flat black paint has erased my sins.
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I cut with plasma, refilled the burned up foam in gap with some fresh foam and sprayed some rattle can bedliner in the wheel wells.

You smell that?
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try this post. I did the same thing and it worked out very well.

https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65328
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I used the BFH method my self and feel no remorse.


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uhmmmmm I spent about 10 seconds each and cut off with sawzall
^ This....
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I did the Sawzall method and filled the gap with some windshield adhesive. Some rattle can black, done.
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-10-2012, 05:58 AM
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Cutting is better.
Cut, apply epoxy or cement or whatever, and paint.

And cut like this:
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Cutting is better.
Why?

1997 TJ with LOTS of stuff.
2011 2DR Rubicon with stuff.
2012 JK8 with some stuff.
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Cutting is better.
Cut, apply epoxy or cement or whatever, and paint.

And cut like this:
In your opinion. For me I bent it over with a mini sledge. Hit it with some spray on bed liner I had handy and was done. That was 2 years ago. No sharp edges no rusting and it took a whole 2 min.
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-10-2012, 08:16 PM
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I had mine cut twice and plate welded so I can leave the ride height low
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-11-2012, 04:29 AM
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I bent it first and it was not as clean as when it's cut.
It's just cleaner. Probably does the same job...
Plus you can cut a bigger chunk than what you get by bending the corner...
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I cut a lot off (for when I had 40's) and filled it with Bondo Glass.

Not a great pic, but you get the idea:


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cut mine on my last JK with a sawzall. filled the hole with JB weld putty. after it cured I sanded and painted. couldn;t really tell I even cut it.

going to do the same on our 2012.

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