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the bodj

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Can you scribe a line on the bedside that is parallel to the cab and then trim along that line? Effectively, you'd take out a wedge that is 2" on the bottom and nothing on top. Then scoot the bedside forward? Or since you have a bed you aren't able to move it forward?

If option 1 doesn't work, cut a slit from the top to the bottom while keeping the bottom intact. Push it forward till it hits the cab, use some scrap material to keep the gap, and fill it in with fiberglass. Some body work and it should look fine.

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Can you scribe a line on the bedside that is parallel to the cab and then trim along that line? Effectively, you'd take out a wedge that is 2" on the bottom and nothing on top. Then scoot the bedside forward? Or since you have a bed you aren't able to move it forward?

If option 1 doesn't work, cut a slit from the top to the bottom while keeping the bottom intact. Push it forward till it hits the cab, use some scrap material to keep the gap, and fill it in with fiberglass. Some body work and it should look fine.

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Yes, the first option you mentioned should work. The body line wont be tight and there wont be a fillet on the end but I never expected perfect. Thanks for the advice!


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mikey09120

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DO NOT TRIM. DO NOT CUT.

The fiberglass relaxed likely from being layed flat. Take the glass off and lay it down. Put some wood blocks under the corners of the wheel wells and let the weight of the fiberglass slowly reshape it. That or you can pull/push and bolt it to your mounts into the shape that you want.
 
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Caidan

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DO NOT TRIM. DO NOT CUT.

The fiberglass relaxed likely from being layed flat. Take the glass off and lay it down. Put some wood blocks under the corners of the wheel wells and let the weight of the fiberglass slowly reshape it. That or you can pull/push and bolt it to your mounts into the shape that you want.
I was messing with it some more tonight and I was able to bend it mostly into place. I will try to wood block method tomorrow. Thanks!



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85yota

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Also not having a support in bottom corner of wheel opening doesn't help either. You can make a support that is a little longer than where it is now. If you loosen the bottom bolt on bedside and pull out corner of wheel opening does it straighten out the bed to cab gap better? I've had to do that on almost all fiberglass to get the front edge of bedside to be straight and match the cab gap

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Caidan

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Also not having a support in bottom corner of wheel opening doesn't help either. You can make a support that is a little longer than where it is now. If you loosen the bottom bolt on bedside and pull out corner of wheel opening does it straighten out the bed to cab gap better? I've had to do that on almost all fiberglass to get the front edge of bedside to be straight and match the cab gap

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Yes it does get better, I made a new rod to push the bedside out further but it still isn’t perfect. I am going to see if it loosens up over and few days and I can stretch it more. I think it will get there without any trimming.


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oorracing

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Those fenders are notorious for having a massive upward kick when mounted, idk if they were ever meant to be mounted to the stock bed but they are terribly shaped regardless. Your truck is the best looking truck I’ve seen with them.


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Those fenders are notorious for having a massive upward kick when mounted, idk if they were ever meant to be mounted to the stock bed but they are terribly shaped regardless. Your truck is the best looking truck I’ve seen with them.


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Thanks! I’m almost finished mounting them, just waiting for some washers. They are definitely not meant to be used with a bed and the overall build quality is disappointing, but I managed to flex the fuck out of them and get the body lines perfect. I will post pictures when they are fully mounted.


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