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Old 11-03-2007, 11:19 PM
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Fender cutting and quickie flares

I needed to take an inch off the rear bottom of my wheel well opening due to the bigger tires, wider stance, and no body lift. Been searching for a year or more for decent fender flares - none on the market wider than an inch or so. I really wanted two inches. Noticed a rubber bolt-on product called Flexy-flares that comes in four styles, about $80 from Autobarn for enough to do all four openings. Cut the fender today and installed the front flares and they're not bad. I thought they would be 2-3 times as lame as they are, and I might keep them on for a while.

Flexy-flare 52-170

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Old 11-03-2007, 11:26 PM
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that looks pretty good!
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:26 PM
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Not half bad. I would think as mechanical as you are, you should be able to make your own fender flares. Do a template out of cardboard or something, then start to cut and bend the aluminum or whatever you want to use.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:33 PM
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I wanted to spend money instead of time on this quickie mod, and it even proves out the possibility of putting 34's on these rims and not hitting the upper control arm, with a little more fender cutting. I'm still not enthusiastic about a body lift, and I'm actually not seriously considering 34's, so I'll just wheel the snot out of these for a couple of years and then decide what to do next. Planning to go back to the Elliot Mine area on Sunday, where a couple of my videos were shot, to see how the new tires do in a place I've been to before.



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Old 11-03-2007, 11:40 PM
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thats a nice get up you got there, I'm really impressed. not that I didn't doubt you or anything.. I liked the way it turned out.
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Old 11-03-2007, 11:44 PM
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Thats hardcore. I dont think I could take a saw to the TB.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:02 AM
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Thats about the same amount of material I cut off my wheelwells . But mine was done at a bodyshop for like $30 with a air tool/wheel , nice clean cut .

Your flares look pretty good and will do the job .
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:29 PM
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Whoa!

Holy Crap Roadie! You've gone hard core on the Voy! How's the road noise with that aggressive of a tire? I guess it doesn't matter when you are never on the ROAD
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:32 PM
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I was avoiding M/T tires precisely because I can hear what they sound like next to me on pick-em-up trucks, but this tread design was new for 2007, and claimed to be computer designed for low noise, and it was true. I can hear it to be sure, but less than half as loud as I was worried about, and you can still easily have a conversation with the passenger without shouting at 70 MPH. And they stick like glue to the rocks.

My vision of the truck was always hard-core. My offroad driving and judgement skills needed to catch up with a couple of years on the Silent Armors. I still have lots of places to show you if you want to ride shotgun some weekend. Where we went around the Ramona reservoir all burned, though.



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HOT DAMN! Roadie, I once again bow down - truck is lookin' great!

Sorry I can't make it up this weekend, planning to head to Baja to watch the races (Baja 1000). But, we really need to wheel one of these weekends, maybe right after Thanksgiving?
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