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Tires Rubbing

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Zharris, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Nov 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM
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    Zharris

    Zharris [OP] Merica!

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    So I've got a 2016 4x4 Tundra with fenders flares on it. I've got 275/60 r20 nittos on the truck. I installed some 2" wheel spacers to bring the tires out a bit since I feel like it looks a little strange with the tires so far under the truck. After doing this, the tires rub a little bit on the plastic fender well. If I take the little mud flap off the front, it stops it from rubbing on flat ground. So it won't take much to get enough clearance to actually take the truck off-road.

    Does anyone know of a way to possibly reposition the plastic so I don't have to cut a section out of it?
     
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  2. Nov 20, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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    heat it up with a heat gun. people do it all the time
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2016 at 5:01 PM
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    Heat gun to reform it or un screw and push the liner in I cut mine kinda wish I used a heat gun now since mud and debris gets in that opening
     
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  4. Nov 20, 2016 at 5:03 PM
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    Zharris [OP] Merica!

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    I thought about trying to push that liner forward. I didn't want to cut it for the reason you stated. I do take the truck through some mud. I hadn't thought about the heat gun though.
     
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  5. Nov 20, 2016 at 6:48 PM
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    Heat gun works good, just be careful, you can heat it up too much and as soon as you apply pressure to make clearance, you'll push a hole right through it. Ask me how I know :frusty:.
     
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  6. Nov 21, 2016 at 3:37 AM
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    Zharris [OP] Merica!

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    That doesn't sound like a good time. Haha Thanks for the answer.
     
  7. Nov 21, 2016 at 5:30 AM
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    I was able to relocate the liners forward and was still able maintain a decent seal to keep mud and other debris out.
     
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  8. Nov 21, 2016 at 6:08 AM
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    That's good to hear. What all was involved in you moving the liners forward? I saw that it's a couple of screws mounting it to the bumper, is it as simple as taking those out and shoving it forward, popping some new holes in the plastic, and being good to go?
     
  9. Nov 21, 2016 at 6:23 AM
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    Pretty much what you just said. I basically moved the liner forward enough to clear the studs on the lower bumper/fog light brackets on each side and reattached/bolted the liners back onto the frame utilizing the original mounting hole location.
     
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  10. Nov 21, 2016 at 6:24 AM
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    Awesome news. I wanted to avoid cutting stuff if I could. I looked at that and I thought it would work, but I had my doubts that it would be that simple. Thanks for the info!
     
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  11. Nov 21, 2016 at 7:41 AM
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    I cleared my 275/65/20s using this method; very easy to do. But, when I "upsized" to a 295/60/20, I needed more room and had to use the heat gun.
     
  12. Nov 21, 2016 at 8:18 AM
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    I'm running 295/70/18's with no clearance issues.
     
  13. Nov 21, 2016 at 9:20 AM
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    Hmm. With my tires being almost 11 inches wide, plus the 2" wheel spacers, I'm really pushing 13 inches total width there. So moving the plastic may not help me then. :(
     
  14. Nov 21, 2016 at 11:12 AM
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    Yeah, you may need to do a little grinding too, to get decent clearance.
     
  15. Nov 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM
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    We're going to find out tonight! haha
     
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  16. Nov 21, 2016 at 4:09 PM
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    If you truly want to get anal, once you relocate the liners......if you still have a gap where the liner used to provide a decent seal where water, dirt, mud, can get in........buy some 1" wide weather stripping to help seal. Drill some holes and use heavy duty (non Harbor Freight) zip ties and use the ties to stitch everything together. I did the same technique on my friends snow mobile (machine)in Kenai AK after he flew over the handle bar's and fracked up the engine cover when his 250+ lb body landed on it after running into a snow covered buried barbed wire fence at 40+ mph. Still LOL over that.He landed about 40 feet in front. Heh heh. I still remember what he said after I said "Are U OK?" He said..."REALLY??"
     
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  17. Nov 21, 2016 at 5:07 PM
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    I can't get it to fit without doing some cutting. I want to avoid that. Thanks for the info though man. You've been a big help.
     
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  18. Nov 22, 2016 at 5:17 AM
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    I did have to do some trimming. I'd trim a little until I got the fit I wanted.
     
  19. Nov 22, 2016 at 8:29 AM
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    Just trim it! I didn't want to trim either but it's not bad!!!!

    I have some pics in my build thread.
     

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