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How-To tub front fenders
« on: Feb 13, 2005, 06:47:46 PM »
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Ok, so I'm about to take the angle grinder to my truck to tub the fronts  to clear my 37's.  Any suggestions, photos, or write ups are appreciated.  I searched, but couldn't find any good pics

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #1 on: Feb 13, 2005, 06:51:15 PM »
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i took a felt tip and marked what i wanted trimmed. took the angle grinder and did my best to stay on the line.

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #2 on: Feb 13, 2005, 06:56:38 PM »
Sounds about like what I was gonna do.  I'll just have to cut and paste  :gap: to fill it in...


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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #3 on: Feb 13, 2005, 07:05:12 PM »
yep. remember you can always cut off more on the next cut if you need it :gap: but try to get it right the 1st time  :beerchug:

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #4 on: Feb 13, 2005, 07:41:08 PM »
I also used a marker to make a line were to cut.  I also used a torche to heat up the firewall and then beat it with a BFH.  It gave me another inch of clearance.  I didn't need it for my 35's, but i ran my friends 37's for a couple days and they hit even with the firewall clearancing.  I just cut the flatpart off of the fenders both front and rear.  But what i did was make flaps out of them and then bend them under the fender so there isn't a sharp edge along the hole thing.  It turned out pretty good too.  I can take pictures tomarrow.

Like this   l_l_l_l_l_l_l  and then bent them all the way in the fender.

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #5 on: Feb 13, 2005, 07:49:46 PM »
Pictures would be excellent!  I'll fire up the grinder and the plasma cutter tomorrow and see what happens.  I'm sure I'll have to relocate the engine ECU and maybe the fuse box... 

When (if) I get my Beadlocks, they'll push everything out another 1.5" on each side and ease some of my clearance issues.  With Chile Challenge in 2 weeks, and no new wheels in sight, I want to make as much room as I can for my 37's.  Stupid 4" BS wheels....

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #7 on: Feb 13, 2005, 08:04:34 PM »
Thanks chris!  That's what I was looking for!  Did you have a major loss of legroom when you did that to your old rig?  I'm 6'2 and 225 lbs- I'm already kinda folded up in that old single cab truck...

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #8 on: Feb 13, 2005, 08:15:00 PM »
It's off to the side and I really did not notice the change inside.

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #9 on: Feb 13, 2005, 08:18:07 PM »
Schweet!  I'll point some fire at it tomorrow and post up some pics!

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #10 on: Feb 13, 2005, 08:39:20 PM »
Get It!

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #11 on: Feb 13, 2005, 08:59:26 PM »
I did mine a lot like Chris but I made a steel frame and welded that to the hole and bolted in plexiglass for a bit o bling ;)

http://rcrc4x4.com/mambo/index.php?set_albumName=fendertub&option=com_gallery&Itemid=43&include=view_album.php

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #12 on: Feb 14, 2005, 04:47:15 PM »
Well the grinder fell off the workbench and into the fender wells of my truck today.  I hate it when that happens!

Heres what I started with:
'84 Hilux, locked, dual-cased, winched, EFI converted, 37" tired, half-doored (in the summer...)
'87 Supra, 400 HP.  smooth as glass at 130 'cause my tires are NEW!...
'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #13 on: Feb 14, 2005, 04:50:17 PM »
Heres what I ended up with.  Didn't go in towards the center of the truck as much as Chris, but made some significant improvements.  I was trying to save as much legroom as possible...
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #14 on: Feb 14, 2005, 04:51:14 PM »
After a little seam-sealer and some black undercoating spray stuff:
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #15 on: Feb 14, 2005, 05:29:17 PM »
looks good!
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #16 on: Feb 14, 2005, 07:26:30 PM »
Looks good.  I didn't cut into the firewall like that, i just heated it up and beat it.  But that turned out pretty nice.

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #17 on: Feb 14, 2005, 09:01:47 PM »
Yeah, I cut the :pokinit: right out of the firewall.  I kinda felt wierd putting that big of a hole in my truck  :nerv:  but it all turned out well.   I really want to bob the bed next, but I won't have time to get it done before the Chile Challenge next week.  I'll have to do that later on I guess....

Thanks for the compliments!
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #18 on: Feb 15, 2005, 04:55:19 PM »
You could bob the bed in an hour or tow.

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #19 on: Feb 15, 2005, 05:17:04 PM »
Yeah, I know.  But its the re-engineering of my rear bumper, spare tire carrier, hi-lift jack mount, bike rack, etc...
that will take the time.  I don't want to rush it and have it look like  :moon:  :pokinit:  I'm going to wait until my bender shows up and make up a new rear bumper when the bed gets bobbed....

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #20 on: Feb 15, 2005, 06:18:45 PM »
Good job man I realy like it  :beerchug:
Sounds like more tree huggin hippie bull :pokinit:

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #21 on: Feb 15, 2005, 08:08:07 PM »
I c now.      :yesnod:

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #22 on: Feb 25, 2005, 08:44:27 PM »
All you need is a sawzall and a welder
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #23 on: Feb 25, 2005, 09:26:20 PM »
All you need is a sawzall and a welder

it's practically impossible to cut that with a sawzall, airsaw and a cutoff wheel were my tools of choice :)
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #24 on: Feb 25, 2005, 09:42:54 PM »
Looks good. I gotta get off my ass and do mine, and I agree cut-off wheel or (I wish) plasma

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #25 on: Feb 27, 2005, 05:45:36 PM »
I would use a plasma or an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel.  Of course our plasma at school only works when ever it wants too.

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« Reply #26 on: Feb 27, 2005, 07:39:19 PM »
One of these days when I have some money all get a plasma
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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #27 on: Feb 27, 2005, 08:28:17 PM »
get a good one, cheepies suck.

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #28 on: Feb 27, 2005, 09:23:05 PM »
get a good one, cheepies suck.

I have had access to a kick ass one for quite a while now - never used it..

I get by with a portaband, cut off wheel, air saw, and that's about it. Air rocks, helps to have an 80 gallon two stage compressor :)

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Re: How-To tub front fenders
« Reply #29 on: Feb 28, 2005, 08:14:12 AM »
Well, the official verdict is that the tubbing worked!  Went wheeling this weekend on some pretty hard trails, and had absolutely zero tire contact with the front fender/firewall area!!!  :banana:

I agree on the plasma cutters...I've got a good one and wouldn't work without it!!!

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'87 Supra, 400 HP.  smooth as glass at 130 'cause my tires are NEW!...
'92 F250 Diesel, tow rig, ATS Turbo, leveling kit, killer stereo

 
 
 
 
 

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