Originally Posted by Lumpskie
Looks like you gained some good clearance towards the back of the truck. Besides the pinch weld mod, is there anything that these flares do differently than stock?
Yeah, these are the cut-outs, so you have to hack your panels up to get them on. I chopped about an inch off of the front one (towards the door) and about 1.5" on both sides of the back.
Here's the cut line for the front:
Plus copious amounts of priming and grinding (all of the primed area is under the flare)
And here's the cut line for the back. You cut about this much on both sides in the rear, I just didn't get a pic of it.
And after priming and grinding it all down. (The blue tape in this pic is just so that I don't get overspray on the paint. I just masked it and stuck a piece of cardboard down at the edge.)
I used a cut wheel off of my compressor to do the actual cutting - a sawsall would bounce too much and risk bending the hell out of the panel. It took a bit longer but the lines were nice and straight. Then I went OCD on the thing and laid about 10 coats of primer, two coats of rust sealer, black enamel on top of that and then some rust proofing clear. My truck's no beauty queen but there's no way in hell these edges will ever rust out.
It's a lot of work, and a lot of this:
But so far so good and the fact that it doesn't rub at all, even in reverse at full lock (which was always the worst for me) is just awesome. I did it mostly by myself and without taking the wheels off. It'd be a lot faster with a lift, but it wasn't too bad this way either. The only real pain in the ass was hammering out the pinch weld, haha.