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Cutting Rubicon Rail

The only scrubbing issues I am having is on my rear tires when I have rear seat passengers or when I have extra luggage in the back. Tires arent getting into the fenders they are hitting the rubicon rails. I have contemplated cutting them at an angle with the angle of the fenders and I have also considered just cutting them straight and then I could reinsert the abs inserts. Any suggestions/comments? If anyone has cut them short could I see some pics? Thanks in advance. If this has already been discussed I'm sorry I did look.

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Lots of guys have trimmed it. A sawsall will make quick work of it. No pics since I don't have a set.

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Cut mine with a porter cable 18 v cutter/ grinder... Good clean cut. Sprayed. Put cap back on.

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I used a chop saw on the rails and a sawzall on the pinch seam. Reprinted the bare metal and re-inserted the rail caps. One of the easiest modes yet and no more rubbing!

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Damn spell check...should have been "Re-painted."

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A sawsall will make quick work of it. No pics since I don't have a set.
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The only scrubbing issues I am having is on my rear tires when I have rear seat passengers or when I have extra luggage in the back. Tires arent getting into the fenders they are hitting the rubicon rails. I have contemplated cutting them at an angle with the angle of the fenders and I have also considered just cutting them straight and then I could reinsert the abs inserts. Any suggestions/comments? If anyone has cut them short could I see some pics? Thanks in advance. If this has already been discussed I'm sorry I did look.
I cut mine they look about like Coondog's but I think I cut mine down more.
I have 35"s and a leveling kit. Here's what I did.

Remove the rail
Remove the end cap
Buy plastic clips at NAPA to replace the clips I broke
Measure for the hole where the plastic clip goes
Taped up with 2"masking tap to mark 2" from the end
Ran another line of tape adjacent to the first line
Removed the first line of tape
Used the second line as my cut line to make my cut 2" including the kerf
Filed down the ends and painted - the guide tape makes good masking to keep from getting over spray on the rest of the rail
Measure and drill the hole for the clips
Realize it would have been better to paint this hole earlier, say oh well and use some touch up paint just to prevent rust
Re-assemble

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I did mine last summer when out at my in-laws... saw my father-in-law had his chop saw out with the abrasive blade already on it... so i thought i'd go ahead and do it... pretty simple really... just took them off... eyeballed the first one and cut it... then used the piece I cut off the first one to get the length of cut for the other side so they match...
I didn't get new plastic clips to hold the end caps in... i just wrapped the end caps in electrical tape and press-fit them back in... they are still there 6 months later

and the most important info: i had finished my 3rd beer by then and put them back on the jeep during beer number 4

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I followed the same basic steps as others above.

remove rail
cut off the necessary amount off the end
remove the cap and cut off the plastic piece that went through the hole
file and spray the raw metal
re-install rail
use a silicon type glue to stick the plastic end piece back in
tape the end piece will the silicon dries
about 2 days later, remember that I still have that stupid blue tape on the plastic end piece, remove it!


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