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Trimmed Mud Flaps

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by FL4x4Taco, May 30, 2009.

  1. May 30, 2009 at 12:40 PM
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    FL4x4Taco

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    Trimed the front and rear flaps this morning. Turned out great!! I trimed the front ones 2". That wasn't enough, so one more inch. Still not enough. Decided to give it 9" of clearance from the ground. Gave the rear flaps 10" of clearance from the ground. Check the pics. Even the wife says it looks better now.

    2" from bottom of tape to bottom of mud flap. First cut.

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    Series of cuts:
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    Finished Front Flap:
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    Trimed a bit off the rear flaps, I'd say approx 3/4" to get the 10" from ground to flap.
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    Overall shot:
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    I'm 110% happy with this mod. Note, I did NOT remove the flaps from the truck. End result is the rear flaps are 1" higher than the front flaps; 9" front clearance, 10" rear clearance. I used 2 different grits of sand paper to work the edges and make it look like nothing ever happened. Sand paper did a great job cleaning up the edges. FYI, I did not use those red sheers for gardening. I used a pair of Swiss/wiss metal snips like what you use for commercial metal framing. And yes I used a Level and 2 vise grip clamps to make sure the cut line was perfect. I went around and measured everything, I'm within 1/16", not to shabby of tolerances.
     
  2. May 30, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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    Dellosa89

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    looks sweet man. what did you use to cut the flaps with
     
  3. May 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM
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    oh never mind i didn't read ur thread all the way.
     
  4. May 30, 2009 at 12:48 PM
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    hoosiertaco

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    Looks real good. Nice job!! I want to do my fronts.

    What was total amount you cut off the front. 2+1+?.

    What kind of cutter did you use?

    Edit: nevermind, you edited on us...LOL Great pics too!!
     
  5. May 30, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    Tool of cutting: Wiss Metal snips. You get these at Home Depot, for about $30. They are used by commercial metal framers; metal studs. That's why I have a set. They cut this stuff like butter while giving good control of the cut... and I had them in my tool box which was very convenient! Cost for this: $0. Time: 1.5hr for all 4.


    Not sure what I cut off the front total. 2"+1" + IIRC 5/8". It now measures 9" from flap to ground on my stock TRD. What I can do is measure how long the flaps themselves are. so if you have a lifted or mod'd truck you can measure from the truck.
     
  6. May 30, 2009 at 12:54 PM
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    btw, great finish on that garage floor too!!!:D
     
  7. May 30, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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    LOL. I'm not used to fancy garage floors. I'm used to grease, oil etc. and having to de-grease it every 6 months with a deck brush and garden hose. but this house came with the floor finish done.
     
  8. May 30, 2009 at 1:00 PM
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    well it looks good, and also, welcome to the 'World'. Rep to you for contributing with great pics right out of the gate!!:thumbsup:
     
  9. May 30, 2009 at 1:02 PM
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    hey would u mind measuring the flaps them selves cause i have a lift and bigger tires.
     
  10. May 30, 2009 at 1:17 PM
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    Front- 7-1/2". Rear- 8-1/2". However the rear flaps are still 1" higher off the ground. This is being measured from the low point of the fender flare.
     
  11. May 30, 2009 at 7:49 PM
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    Yea, I am going to trim my front flaps soon too. They look too long anyway, and are brittle as hell.
     
  12. May 30, 2009 at 7:53 PM
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    That looks so much better than stock. Nice job bro.
     
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