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the only gas truck that deserves stack is the Dodge Lil Red Express ! but yeah i understand what you mean there. when i do a 6" next year after winter im either doing 285's or 305's whichever look and work best. but i think he has put thought into this build before he started doing it. it would be a shame to spend all that money just to destroy his ram
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Yeah Id be pissed....
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I repaired my post a bit...it was sent on a early morning with no sleep and a little too much beer for an old man. I know what I'm doing it will be done right.


I remember back in the day when Petersen's off road ( I think) had a article or a readers ride that was a late 70’s or early 80’s blazer. The blazer was running 44's, cut fenders and very minimal lift. That truck had been a inspiration for a long time when it came to offroad and prowess. Jacking up a truck is not free and nore is opening up the fenders.

My estimated cost at this point:
Flares: 700.00 cdn
Body work: Case of beer and a few dollars for a friend…don’t get me wrong I could do the work but my friend is much much better at rolling the fender edge.

Plastic welding of precut and ready to weld flares..15.00 an hour. This guy is busy it could take up to two or three weeks from drop off to finish to get the final product. The picture is of a plastic weld. [IMG][/IMG]

So maybe my cost could reach 1200.00 cdn in total. Now go look at any 12" lift kit or the cost of fibreglass flares after prep and paint. Remember my truck is silver. Silver paint is more expensive to get done.

I did think of the value of the rig. Then I look at this pic . I'm sorry but the prototype had plastic flares for a reason, fibreglass and crazy sky high lifts just dont cut it. Thats my opinion, not a hack on yours.
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uhhhhh...ok...??
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Started measuring.

In the pic you will be looking at the backside of the flares pockets. each is about 1 1/2 inches. you should also be able to see the inside / backside of flare seam. Instead of cutting that off I will be having it folded in right up to the pocket bases. This way the flare is strong as well as giving the maximum amount of room.

So far it looks like the fender can be restructured near the door to accept the flare without any extra parts or mounts. Beer and pizza day tomorrow, should clear up any uncertainties.





To maximize the gains at the firewall side of the fender I will have to modify the flare quite a bit. For me this extra cutting will not be a problem, but I guess this is why most have not done the mod. The space gained is a full 2 1/4 ". Not alot, but enough to make the 40's fit with a 4" lift. I'm going all the way to the tub. The pinch seam will be bent over. If I had to I would modify the tub. I could get up to 4" if I modified the tub.
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Cutting happens monday evening ( tomorrow) I will try and get decent pictures.

We are going to do the drivers side first and this way we can work out all the bugs on the one corner. I will be making a template of the flare out of the box they came in. Sorry no pics for now might have to wait until tomorrow night or even as late as Wednesday afternoon.

I am so glad someone had started this process before me. I would never had thought of using the ford flare on the dodge.

basics of cutting info.. I have talked with a body man I know and he is willing to do this on the side in trade for me helping him. We will use primer after each cut. In my opinion it is very very Important to protect this thing after each cut and bending the pinch seam. Plan to inject the pinch seam with primer right before I bend it over.

Thats the plan we will see how it turns out.

P.S I almost forgot, I plan to paint bed liner over the flare area before the last install of the flare. This is to stop the flare from rubbing the paint down to bare metal. The bed liner paint will be the paint going over the inner primer as well.
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very glad to see your protecting it every step on the way. priming is an essential must. but good idea with using bed liner to protect paint from getting destroyed
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My schedule is crazy right now, but I did get a chance to download some pictures.

















More to come.
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very glad to see your protecting it every step on the way. priming is an essential must. but good idea with using bed liner to protect paint from getting destroyed
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I had my doubts about this project but i think it will look pretty good once you put your bigger tires on..
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