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Author Topic: Narrowed Dually Flare... Finished!  (Read 4477 times)

Raymo

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Narrowed Dually Flare... Finished!
« on: July 18, 2011, 03:09:10 PM »
Now that my truck functions well, I've started working on it's form.

I'm by no means a body man, but I am very handy with a tape measure and cutting tools which leads us to my latest project...

The sides (which I was most worried about) came out awesome, but I have to fill in 1/4" to 3/8" across the top. Not sure how I'm gonna do that yet.





Yup, narrowed a factory dually flare 4" and it's still useable!  :D I'm glad I managed to measure all those curves out right, 'cause I really wanted to make this idea happen. Now all I have to do is get it right on the other side and finish them off.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2011, 06:11:12 PM by Raymo »
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Re: Cut some fiberglass today, for the first time...
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 05:04:58 PM »
Thats awesome Raymo, I like it even better than the bushwhacker flares. How are going to fix them to the body, because if use an epoxy adhesive you may able to fill the gap as you bond?
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Re: Cut some fiberglass today, for the first time...
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 05:23:23 PM »
I'll get some pictures, but I'm planning to modify and reuse the plastic mounts that were epoxied from the factory, and bolt them. I've managed to peel one off, but its a pain. The picture will explain much better...

As for the top, I might find some sort of release agent to spray on the bedside, and fill with it on the truck. I'm worried bonding them permanently will cause cracking if/when I bounce something off the bedside  ;D

At least I know where to cut now, so I won't make the same mistake on the other side (hopefully).
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Re: Cut some fiberglass today, for the first time...
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011, 05:44:49 PM »
Hey

I am lovin those rear arches. That looks excellent.

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Re: Cut some fiberglass today, for the first time...
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2011, 08:40:03 AM »
Nice work Raymo.  Really gives it an OEM look!

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Re: Cut some fiberglass today, for the first time...
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011, 11:41:18 AM »
Thanks guys!

Richard, I know you weren't a fan of the bushwackers  :D I should have done this in the first place, I had gone back and forth since I've put it together but couldn't make up my mind.

And Barn, when I pulled the Bushwacker I notice just about every screw hole was cracking... Which made me VERY unhappy to say the least. When I installed them I pre-drilled the holes and installed the screws by hand so I wouldn't mess them up, and they cracked anyways. So watch out for that!
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Re: Cut some fiberglass, Dually Flare Update 8/10
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2011, 01:01:27 AM »
Alright, been working on these dumb things some more. Managed to cut the second flare nice so I don't have any filling to do on that side, thankfully. I'm going to use an epoxy I picked up at the local paint joint that isn't "supposed" to stick to smooth plastic, so I'm going to put packaging tape on the bedside and fill the small gap on the first flare that I cut. After some sanding and fitting I managed to cut the gap to 1/8"-3/16" and 12"-14" long. Should go fairly well. If I mess my crap paint up... oh well  ;D It'll have to take one for the team.

Also got the mounts detached from the cut chunk of flare, and cut them down to fit. I got all the holes marked on the bedside and the mounts temporarily screwed to the flare. I'm waiting on my SEM panel adhesive (I've done EXTENSIVE homework on this stuff) to show up to glue the mounts in place, then it's game on!

« Last Edit: August 10, 2011, 01:19:15 AM by Raymo »
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Re: Cut some fiberglass, Dually Flare Update 8/10
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011, 08:45:03 PM »
Tomorrow should bring more pictures and progress. The adhesive, applicator gun and some prep material are all inthe same place. I'm going to start prepping and cleaning, and just might lay some glue tomorow.

I hope this works, I'm into just sticking the pieces together for $125...

This SEM seems to be the ticket, I've got my fingers crossed  8)

Oh, and earlier I mentioned the mounts being plastic... they are very much the same compressed fiberglass.
« Last Edit: August 16, 2011, 08:50:14 PM by Raymo »
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Re: Narrowed Dually Flare... Finished!
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011, 06:11:45 PM »
And they're done, for now  ::)

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Re: Narrowed Dually Flare... Finished!
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2011, 06:19:54 PM »
That looks awesome. It gives it a much more factory look. Love it great stuff.

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Re: Narrowed Dually Flare... Finished!
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2011, 09:10:18 PM »
Nice work Raymo!  Now do a set for me. :D

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