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Old 09-16-2016, 04:23 PM   #1
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Fender Modifications for Larger Tires aka Cutting the Fenders

This gets mentioned regularly, figured I'd throw my two cents in since I have done it. I put larger tires on a lifted Quigley last year, and had some rubbing over bumps while in corners (the normal time).

I chatted with Ramsey, and he gave me the two minute rundown of what Agile had done in the past, so I set to work.

Step 1: Remove fenders entirely from the van. This might not be necessary, but it only takes 5 or 10 minutes, and makes the whole process a lot easier.

Step 2: Draw a nice 'pizza slice' on the fender, then cut it out:
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Old 09-16-2016, 04:24 PM   #2
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Step 3: Carefully bend the fender together to touch. Spot weld (hopefully better than I started above, you can see the broken welds). Once you get the welder dialed in, weld the whole seam. For some reason I didn't take a picture of the entire seam welded, but I had to go at it a few times, because welding sheet metal is hard when you're a terrible welder.
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Step 4: Once welding is done, chuck some bondo on it so you can have a nice smooth finish. Also, try not to move the camera while taking a picture, the picture comes out crappy.
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Step 5: Sand. A lot. Maybe add some more bondo. Sand some more.


Step 6: Paint!
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Old 09-16-2016, 04:49 PM   #5
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Wow, that looks a lot nicer than my razor-edged cut job! Mine just doubles as a built in tire siping tool.
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Old 09-16-2016, 09:44 PM   #6
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because welding sheet metal is hard when you're a terrible welder.
Hey, I've seen your welding, and it's not that bad, certainly I can do much worse........
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:27 AM   #7
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Do mine. I'll buy you beer!
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That looks so awesome, RallyPA and you make it sound so easy!
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I know it is from a distance but we did mine the same way.
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Do mine. I'll buy you beer!
But, you would buy the beer anyway...........
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