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Lower inner front fender plastic; keep or no?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Cement, May 9, 2019.

  1. May 9, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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    Cement

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    With my new wheels I'm rubbing the lower inner front fender plastics at full lock

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    After some trimming
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    After reinstall and testing I still need to trim some more.

    My question is as I'm removing material, the panels are getting flimsier. Seems to me they'll flap around pretty good on the road. So I'm wondering after all the required trimming, and with the possibility of them flapping around, whats the benefit to keeping them? What has everyone else done/decided? Pluses and minuses?

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    Thanks in advance
     
  2. May 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM
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    Well this is what I did. Hacked my stock units to shit so they would fit. Wasnt happy with how they looked or the rigidity so I bought new OEM units took my time relocated a bit and now they look factory. I'd keep them if you can. Keeps the fogs dry.
     
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  3. May 9, 2019 at 6:32 PM
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    I would try to keep as much as possible, it helps keep some junk out.
     
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  4. May 10, 2019 at 9:36 AM
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    Agreed ^^^
     
  5. May 10, 2019 at 10:54 AM
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    Mine got trimmed and then I pushed it back so it’s behind those 2 bolts that are sticking up and haven’t had a problem. Like other say keep as much as u can so u don’t have random things going in there
     
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  6. May 10, 2019 at 10:58 AM
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    Happen to know the part numbers for the OEM replacements for a 3rd gen? Mine got destroyed as well
     
  7. May 10, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    the shop that installed my suspension fabricated a piece/cover for that exact location. They're installing the cover today. I'll post a pic when done
     
  9. May 10, 2019 at 11:50 AM
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    Part numbers for both sides TO1248192, TO1249192
     
  10. May 10, 2019 at 11:52 AM
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    You can use kydex that is thicker to mold another yourself.
    I did that for my search and rescue truck.

    Just get a heat gun and warm it slowly. once it is warm enough to flex place it over the other one and wait for it to cool.
    Drill the holes and you have a custom cover for a couple bucks
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Just for reference what mine looks like

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  14. May 11, 2019 at 8:08 AM
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    I’m interested to see this. Do post pics when done.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Keeping them is the right call. And therefore, job done:

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    Best tool I ended up using was a box cutter/razor blade. It cut the plastic like a hot knife thru butter so I was able to make cuts around the contours/bends of the panel allowing me to retain most of its rigidity. Still dont like how floppy it seems where its held on by the plastic rivet, but thats a function of the rivet and not the panel. Was like that before so I assume it'll be ok now.

    Thanks again.
     
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  16. May 12, 2019 at 8:06 AM
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    I took mine off last summer intending to cut and reinstall but haven’t gotten around to that yet. I agree that the cover appears to be designed to protect the fog lights from dirt and mud and such. I’ve taken it off-road and driven through some mud since last summer and luckily the fogs have held up. Granted, not the ideal way to protect and maintain the fogs, but laziness and procrastination have gotten the better of me.
     
  17. May 13, 2019 at 12:59 PM
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    I was able to heat and trim mine so that I got no rubbing but your method looks like a real good one as well. Thanks for posting the pics.
     
  18. May 13, 2019 at 6:22 PM
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    Not OEM look but works. Re-routed the wiring to the side.
     
  19. May 14, 2019 at 12:28 PM
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    This is exactly what I was going for. Was trying to have a guy fab one up for me but he doesn’t have access to a tundra and he’s not local. How much did they charge?
     
  20. May 15, 2019 at 10:12 AM
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    Wasn't charged for the actual part. I'm assuming since it was the same shop I bought the tires, mount/alignment, had suspension installed, and had the CMC done that the cost for all of that work covered these fog light covers.

    Let me know if you want a photo of just the cover. It's pretty easy to remove.
     
  21. May 15, 2019 at 11:36 AM
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    @smy yea, I’d love to see if you have a photo of it. If you could, ask that shop if they’re willing to make another set and for how much. If not, no worries.
     

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