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    XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    Decided that i want to trim the fenders so I can fit 33's. However I do not want to run without flares (I got tired of mud and water being flung up on me in my wrangler due to the wider tires). I am considering Bushwackers (Made in the USA) flat fenders or the pocket fenders. Both of them include a fair amount of trimming to install.

    Are there other options out there?

    Are there metal tube fender styles out there?

    Please post pics in this thread of your trimmed fenders to see how they turned out and to feed me ideas.

    thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by 2005rubicon View Post
    ...you are one cheap no good prick.
    1999 XJ, 4.0, AW4, NP242, HP Dana 30, 29 Spline 8.25, 33" MTR's, 3" lift and trimmed fenders.

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    The bushwacker flats are about perfect for 33s. You only fold back about 1 1/4" of sheet metal

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    Here is a pic of my cut xj fender. I don't run into a lot of mud in az so I didn't put any aftermarket fender on. The black trim is spray on bedliner.


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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    pretty easy to avoid mud in AZ...and your trying to keep body narrow in most cases...
    that being said if you find yourself on muddy forest roads or playing in puddles when it does rain...
    I like the "flats" pictured above...my XJ goes without

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    Beetroot-----

    You have any pic's of how you cut out the rear finder for your 33's ? ? ? ? ?
    have to cut out mine and need some ideas.

    Thanks
    94 XJ 33's 4:10's lockers 4 1/2 lift Automatic

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    Use a high powered jig saw from dewalt! With fine toothed metal blades!
    Cuts like its butter!
    Im CAGED now jon,,,,98 TJ with SB F&R bumpers & sliders, locked rear with chromolys, 33" BFG AT's, SB winch & straps FIRST AID KIT, spill kit, & FE, kn & flomaster all sittin on 2.5 PC lift with the 1" DS BL BUT STILL,,,,,,
    IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FRICKIN WENCH!!

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    Once you cut the front fenders, you will find the body seams will also rub. You need to cut them in sections, then fold the metal back. You need to do this in order to keep the spot welds intact. Since XJ's dont have a frame, those spot welds are flippin important to keep. When I first cut mine, I took the fenders off, moved them up about 2" (stuck them on with tape), then used the border of the stock fenders as a template to cut them.
    Google your question. You will get a tens of thousands of results and write ups of any flavor you'd like.
    Here are a few:
    http://jeepin.com/features/chop
    http://www.rocklizardfabrications.co...r_trimming.htm
    http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...d.php?t=436081

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

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    the fronts are just clean cut, shape you prefer, I like to put down some masking tape along where I want to
    cut, you can draw on it, look, or pull off and do again, prior to cutting....ALSO helps protect body from scratches
    from SAW as you cut...I use a combo of JIG or sawZall
    good luck...post up your "AFTER" shots

    PS this is a 5.5 RE lift on 33"
    Last edited by UPSJeep; 12-08-2012 at 07:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeepfreak View Post
    Once you cut the front fenders, you will find the body seams will also rub. You need to cut them in sections, then fold the metal back. You need to do this in order to keep the spot welds intact. Since XJ's dont have a frame, those spot welds are flippin important to keep.
    I cut above the spot welds. I filled the gap with Great Stuff expanding foam gap filler, then put bedliner over that. Holds it together very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azgypsy1234 View Post
    Use a high powered jig saw from dewalt! With fine toothed metal blades!
    Cuts like its butter!
    This or an air grinder with a small cutoff wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhino View Post
    Beetroot-----

    You have any pic's of how you cut out the rear finder for your 33's ? ? ? ? ?
    have to cut out mine and need some ideas.

    Thanks

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    Thanks a lot for the pic's. Gives me a good idea fo how it should look when done. (LOL)
    Have to get this done before 202 class and tried out.

    Thanks again for the info.

    Steve
    94 XJ 33's 4:10's lockers 4 1/2 lift Automatic

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    You can always go take a peek at NAXJA's website... fender trimming is probably in their FAQ section

    http://www.naxja.org/forum/index.php
    Last edited by Rogue XJ; 12-08-2012 at 11:01 AM. Reason: link
    That's gonna explode fer sure!

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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    Here's a link to a company that makes some cool steel tube fenders:

    http://hooliganoffroadengineering.com/XJ.php

    Or just do the extreme like me and get rid of them all together! LOL


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    Re: XJ Fender Trimming & Flares

    finally found time to trim the front fenders. Jigsaw with a fine tooth blade worked really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2005rubicon View Post
    ...you are one cheap no good prick.
    1999 XJ, 4.0, AW4, NP242, HP Dana 30, 29 Spline 8.25, 33" MTR's, 3" lift and trimmed fenders.

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