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#1 03-05-2012 13:18:56

jack
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Registered: 10-05-2008
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Tires arrived

They are here. Tires and rims, not the caps as mentioned. Yes I got five this time (not sure where the spare is going just yet).
   
They are very "pretty", in a beefy, manly way, of course.
   
I have to move my wife's car and go to town on the fenders tonight. It'll be easier now that I have the tires there as a template. I was sort of waiting for that.
   
Should I save the stock flares? Think I could jury rig those back on afterward? I don't even know how they are attached... I'm hoping double-sided tape.

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#2 03-05-2012 13:21:20

jack
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Re: Tires arrived

I found a simple HowTo on trimming the fenders, pretty straightforward except the spot welds in the rear that hold the sheet metal bits together. Will I need to cut those? If so I'll just weld the sheets back together now that I can (and since it's hidden it doesn't have to be pretty). But if I don't need to cut that aggressively than I'm not going to worry about it.
   
For point of reference those 235/75s I had were the just about the same size as the old 30X9.5s I had, so I don't I'll need to go totally insane here... But I've been wrong before.

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#3 03-05-2012 13:26:34

Jose
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Re: Tires arrived

you should'nt have to trim so much that you can't still use the stock flares. I ran 32"s with stock flares for a bit with no issue. just trimmed a little towards the bottom of the front fenders only. the rear was OK.

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#4 03-05-2012 13:27:03

xjoffroader
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Registered: 01-24-2010
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Re: Tires arrived

Yep, same here. 32x1150's with no trimming on the rear q's and only trimming up to the flare mounting holes on the front.

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#5 03-05-2012 13:39:44

trapper96
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Registered: 04-07-2010
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Re: Tires arrived

Save your flares, you may need them...they are attached by a goofy backing plate and some small bolts...you'll need to remove your front inner fender liner to see how to remove them. The rear are similar.....

You sound like you require some coaching.......... and the right tools.... what size tires, what sized lift?? That will dictate how much to cut, there is a trick to not wrecking the spot welds in the back, and you are not ready to weld that stuff, especially near the fuel tank...AHEM......

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#6 03-05-2012 14:03:50

xjoffroader
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Re: Tires arrived

Yeah, be prepared for those little bolts to snap in two as well, I believe they are made of pewter.

I went to the local hardware store and got similar sized bolts and wing-nuts as replacements. Much easier to get on and off if need be. I had to drill the head of the old 'bolt' out of the mounting plate to slide the new bolt out.

Also, you may as well go ahead and pull the inner fender flare lining out and discard. They are a pain. I just painted the inside of the wheel well black.

I've got my flares off and can send you a photo. My trimming quite tame compared to the others.

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#7 03-05-2012 14:27:59

jack
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Well I got the rear flares off anyway. Ha ha. They aren't going back on either, stupid bolts broke and I was even going easy on them.
   
I'm glad I did though: behind the quarter-cap piece... The metal is NOT good. Yikes. Will be adding to my welding duties come spring. What a mess.

I didn't break them. I'm actually being careful. I figure I can probably jury rig them and remove the backing plate, then use double-sided tape or something just for now until I figure out a real flare situation. Don't want to get the staties on my ass.

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#8 03-05-2012 14:29:00

jack
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Re: Tires arrived

trapper96 wrote:

You sound like you require some coaching.......... and the right tools.... what size tires, what sized lift?? That will dictate how much to cut, there is a trick to not wrecking the spot welds in the back, and you are not ready to weld that stuff, especially near the fuel tank...AHEM......

Don't worry, I hadn't planned on ANY welding :)
   
My biggest tool problem is that I don't have one of zip cuts. Just a jig. Although it isn't having much trouble, it's much slower going.

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#9 03-05-2012 14:31:04

sucram
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Re: Tires arrived

I still running stock flares with 32's too.

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#10 03-05-2012 14:34:23

trapper96
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what the hell is a ZIP CUT .... sounds like something you get at a
babershop....roflmao...... IF you could have waited you could have come
down here and I would have shown you what to do and let you use some
tools..... oh well..... patience grasshopper, patience.....

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#11 03-05-2012 14:56:39

jack
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I may yet. Trouble is I can't get away for long periods :(
   
Right now I'm just clearing the areas. I've only done the pass rear fender totally. All I did was take off the crease, well clear of the pinch welds. But my wife will be going to bed in about 1.5 hours and the garage is right below the bedroom... So for now I'll just get all the crap out of the way. If I can get some more cutting done tonight I will, if I have to wait a little longer I do. Won't kill me.
   
I have to put a plug in for Bosch Progressor Metal Cut blades for the jig. Holy crap, they are having no trouble with the metal and nice clean straight cuts. I started with a B&D blade that came with the jig and it wasn't so hot. I don't even know why I have them, to be honest, but I'm glad I do.

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#12 03-05-2012 15:00:08

trapper96
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Re: Tires arrived

The staties in NY dont seem to care about my lack of rear flares, some other states are much pickier, NJ,PA,MA to name 3 favorites, been stopped in all 3, no ticket, but annoyed for sure.

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#13 03-05-2012 15:03:20

jack
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Yeah, I don't want to risk it. It's worth the small investment. Figure even if you did get just one ticket you'd have already paid for a cheap set of flares (or some material to fake some). Of course if I'm going to get away with it, it'll be in this area where that are much worse offenders, with bigger, louder trucks, than I'll ever be.
   
The pass side is totally done. I saved the fender "strut" in the front and threw a bolt in there (looks a little silly at the moment). I thought the fender just looked too wiggly without it.
   
I have all the crap out of the way on the other side, ready for cutting. I won't even need to use the second blade for the jig, the first is still sharp.
   
I'll hit HD tomorrow AM and get some black, "pinch" molding or whatever to cover the sharp edges for now.
   
Otherwise.... There is A LOT of nastiness on the rear. I'll need to put metal back there eventually. It's a sharp line, too. Everything is great, and then everything is finger-touch-fall-aparty. Both sides, not just by the exhaust.

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#14 03-05-2012 16:31:54

nads
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Re: Tires arrived

in the front wheel wells, there is a pinch seam.  You need to pound that thing back against the body work so you don't slice your tires when you stuff them up inside the wheel well on major compression.

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#15 03-05-2012 16:35:16

trapper96
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yeah there are probably a few of us who know about that......
instant siping....sort of.....well, not really..

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