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Hello,

Just trying to figure out the "cleanest" way to trim my factory flares to clear my 35's if need be. What do people generally use? A plastic cutter or a dremel? I want to try to keep the edges as clean and straight as possible. I know Bill (wsm04rubi) did a good job on his. Any ideas??

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I used a saw on mine, but i think if i had to do over, several passes with a razor blade would be the ticket.
 

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I put masking tape on mine. Marked what I wanted with a sharpie pen and used a utility knife with a new blade. I changed blades once so as to keep a nice sharp edge. Basically if you etch the pen line good on the first pass you can carefully go all the way through on the second pass. That plastic cuts easy, but you want to be super careful so you don't slip and cut something off of yourself!



These are the EGR 7" flares, but I also cut the stock flares. They cut the same. The stock flares are on my trailer.

 

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X2 on the SHARP Utility Knife....Sink the blade all the way and start cutting....but don't stop. Very clean and you can always do some shaving after the initial cut is through.
 

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I marked my cut ahead of time with a white grease pencil, measuring my cut (1 inch) along the entire flare. I used a jig saw with a fine metal blade in order to keep good control of the cut (I don't have good control free-handing with a utility knife). I have cut two full sets with this method and like the results.

Also, I prefer to cut only the minimum required, as it retains the stock appearance better with less cut away.
 

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Mouse said:
I marked my cut ahead of time with a white grease pencil, measuring my cut (1 inch) along the entire flare. I used a jig saw with a fine metal blade in order to keep good control of the cut (I don't have good control free-handing with a utility knife). I have cut two full sets with this method and like the results.

Also, I prefer to cut only the minimum required, as it retains the stock appearance better with less cut away.
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The jigsaw worked great for me as well. I used electrical tape to pull and make my lines. It's flexible around the curves and pulls straight on the other. Then, I just ran the jigsaw along it. No problem whatsoever. I used a hand rasp to file the edges and a sanding block to finish. Unless I point it out, most will never notice.
 

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I used a dermal with a cut-off wheel and then used sand paper to clean up the edges. Worked really slick, was easy to follow the line and looks like it came from the factory when done. The problem with doing this is you end up narrowing down the flares a little so when you install the 35" tires you end up with about 2 1/2" of tread outside of the flare. Now, if you drive your rig on the hwy, you have enough tire sticking out to attract Johnny Law and are more liable to get stop and ticketed for lack of coverage. I got nervous enough that I ended up getting a set of 6" flat finder flares so I would be legal. I then wished I would have left the factory flares alone and sold them to recoup some of the cost of the new flares.

I still have the cut down factory flares that you can have for the cost of shipping if you like. Just say the word.
 

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I still have the cut down factory flares that you can have for the cost of shipping if you like. Just say the word.

Same here, and I'm in York PA so a lot cheaper shipping! I cut mine down before going flatfender, you're welcome to have them. Send me a PM if interested.

CR

edit -- here are my flares as cut down:

 
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