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I have a 2nd gen 4Runner with a 1" body lift. I just got 33s and I need to trim my fender and also pound the fender seam. For those of you who have done this, how much did you trim off from your fender? And what did you use to trim it with.

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I used an air nibbler and I think I cut 11/2 to 2" off. Tin snips will work, die grinder with cutoff wheel, angle grinder with cutoff wheel, sawzall, jigsaw with fine tooth metal cutting blade, a woman with buck teeth or the best one is to pack the lip withdirt and salt and water it, in a couple of years they will rot off. <IMG SRC="smilies/clown.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/clown.gif" border="0">
 

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Like David said;a woman with buck teeth and on speed for at least a week <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">
I'm working on my rear fender and the old sawzall with new sharp fine teeth blade seems to do a really nice job
 

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A woman with buck teeth..... <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/laughing.gif" border="0">

Thanks guys I will try it with tin snips. <IMG SRC="smilies/usa.gif" border="0">
 

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Has anyone ever heard of a plasma cutter? They are the coolest thing to cut metal. It uses super heated air and electric current to cut the metal. I assume it will cut through sheetmetal like butter. You might have to sand a little paint away so the cutter can conduct electricity to the body. I don't know where you could find some one that has one, but if you could, they make really clean cuts. Not that that's an issue for the trucks that have been or might be <IMG SRC="smilies/jeep1.gif" border="0"> a couple of times. That's my $0.02
 

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Originally posted by nickbike:
<STRONG>Has anyone ever heard of a plasma cutter? </STRONG>
Oh yes I have heard of them, I want one but I do not have the $1,200.00 or more to buy one!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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At $1200 I don't think that a plasma cutter would be a good investment. What I did on the front fenders, I removed the splash shield. Took some pliers of some sort and pulled down the lip of the fender. Cut off at the bend the you just staightened. Then make several slits spaced about 2-3 inches apart. Just as deep as you want the new fender to be. Then bend the slits back in. If you bend a little at a time the paint will not crack off. And by bending the slits back in you still have a place to attach the splash shield. Sorr I dont have any pics. But you can e mail me if you want more info. i just did this about 2 months ago.
 

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You can rent a Plasma Cutter from your local welding supply - Fortunately I have 2 in my shop, bobbed 10" off in 15 minutes with the cutter and a straight edge, also did a major trim job on my rear fenders in minutes - Rent One <IMG SRC="smilies/idea.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by LRD:
<STRONG>You can rent a Plasma Cutter from your local welding supply - Fortunately I have 2 in my shop, bobbed 10" off in 15 minutes with the cutter and a straight edge, also did a major trim job on my rear fenders in minutes - Rent One <IMG SRC="smilies/idea.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Yeah, but for the tiny amount he'll have to cut, a plasma cutter is WAY overkill. Plus, it tends to remove nearby paint as well. Go for the nibbler tool. It's about $8 and works just fine.

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