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Should I Cut or Pound?


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#1 Jibs

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 11:18 PM

Here's a pic of the fenderwell of my Brat and of the 28x8.5 swampers I'm running.

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I had a friend cut the seam on both sides and did some trimming, but they still rub like mad. My question now is, should i have another friend cut it and weld some sheet metal there so it doesn't rub, or should i just get a BFH and smash it in an inch to an inch and a half. Would it screw up my pedal assembly by doing this and create problems on the passenger side as well if I hammered it? Thanks.

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Posted 20 April 2005 - 11:40 PM

Thats a tough call! how high is your lift, and Have you adjusted the front struts all the way?


Here's a pic of the fenderwell of my Brat and of the 28x8.5 swampers I'm running.


I had a friend cut the seam on both sides and did some trimming, but they still rub like mad. My question now is, should i have another friend cut it and weld some sheet metal there so it doesn't rub, or should i just get a BFH and smash it in an inch to an inch and a half. Would it screw up my pedal assembly by doing this and create problems on the passenger side as well if I hammered it? Thanks.



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Posted 20 April 2005 - 11:50 PM

I take it there is no lift on the vehicle! The biggest tire you can fit under there is probably no larger than a 27" with the torsion bars torqued and front struts cranked up. I dont think you could beat your fenderwells enough to make those tires fit.



Thats a tough call! how high is your lift, and Have you adjusted the front struts all the way?



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Posted 21 April 2005 - 12:28 AM

um... theres no way hes working with a non lifted rig, if hes runing those tires....

you have to cut the fender back, almost to the door, then pound the metal back, with a 5lb hammer, or an air hammer works good too.
your gonna be hammering closer to the clutch than anything, and i've never had a problem pounding it way back...
cept for the whole door adjustment afterwards =]

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 05:25 AM

with my old 4/3" pk davis lift and 27" super swampers ssr's. a lot of pounding fixed the front. but with my brand new 31's on the 8" lift i'm going to have to cut away at the wheelwell, and cover the hole with steel plate... make sure you trim the fender also if you haven't already. if you can roll the inner edge of the fender or cut it way away from where the tire could hit it. that way you prevent cutting or tearing the lugs with the fender.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 08:48 AM

just beat it back. I beat mine back about 3", and that was with a 4/3 BYB lift. But that was for 30's.

the leading edge of the door hinge was even with the "new" back of the wheel well :)

no pedal issues.

may have to re-adjust doors as they could move from the pounding.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 12:18 PM

Usually, the worst ruggin happens on the inner wall. Look for the shiny spot, beat it back. I successfully ran the same tires you have on an unlifted hatch. No rubbing, no damage to the doors.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 12:23 PM

or should i just get a BFH and smash it in an inch to an inch and a half.


im sure thats aimed at makin me look dumb, i was going by the inch and a half comment.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 05:29 PM

im sure thats aimed at makin me look dumb, i was going by the inch and a half comment.


What? Now I'm confused.:) Don't worry about it, I don't think you're dumb.

ShadyIrishman - Look in my signature, I AM running with a lift. I wouldn't try fitting these tires on a non lifted soob. (No Offense Zapar.:lol: )

I'll try beating it back a little, I don't need TOO much room.

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Posted 21 April 2005 - 05:39 PM

I'll try beating it back a little, I don't need TOO much room.


I've found a 3lb hammer with short handel does not work well enough. Get a 5lb with a longer handel!

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 11:56 AM

Get smaller tires????? hehe :lol:

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 08:04 PM

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SWEEEET brat!!! Them wheels look awesome, what size are they? And you said the tyres are 31" huh? I see why you need the lift now..

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 09:08 PM

I've found a 3lb hammer with short handel does not work well enough. Get a 5lb with a longer handel!


I'm planning on working with a 10lb sledge! :drunk:

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 11:53 PM

SWEEEET brat!!! Them wheels look awesome, what size are they? And you said the tyres are 31" huh? I see why you need the lift now..


they are 30x9.50x15's on Chevy white spokes.... the brat has long since been parted out, but I still have from it: doors, hood, wheels, fenders




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