Removing front wheelhouse liners...

DenaliHD66

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Dec 4, 2011
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In order to accommodate for larger tires...

1. Does it really free up much room to allow for edges of larger tire when turning (265/70/17 with spacers)
2. Will it leave anything uncovered that may get beat up or corroded as a result of removing the plastic liner? i.e. is there anything underneath that needs protected?
3. Stupid pop rivets making me second guess finding out for myself and forcing me to make a post instead.
 

The_Roadie

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I would leave them in there for such a small increase in tire size. Just trim 3-4 inches off the lower edge, front and rear, where the tires rub. The rubbing will show you where to cut. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Salt is a huge issue in northern states that I don't have. Just sand and mud, and that washes out faster.
 

ElAviator72

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Jan 11, 2012
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the roadie said:
Just sand and mud, and that washes out faster.

Don't know what kind of soil you have in your part of the desert, but my dad rusted out the fenders in a '64 Ford by getting Caliche mud (the red, red stuff) in the wheel wells of his truck by driving it down unpaved desert roads after heavy rain...and he used to hose it down after getting home. But desert soil in general is usually pretty akaline, and combining it with water can cause corrosion issues. Of course, manufacturers put much better corrosion protection on vehicles now, too :wink:
 

Sparky

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ElAviator72 said:
Of course, manufacturers put much better corrosion protection on vehicles now, too :wink:

Looking at my doors and wheel wells, sometimes I wonder!
 

ElAviator72

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Sparky said:
Looking at my doors and wheel wells, sometimes I wonder!

And you wonder why us people who live out west call your part of the world the rust belt :raspberry: We're just smart enough not to treat our roads with salt :wink: (at least not Sodium Chloride...).
 

DenaliHD66

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Got a 1957 Jeep Willys that lives in the mud, gets washed once a year, and doesn't have a trace of rust on it. My envoy has tons of underbody rust because of the salt.
 

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