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Thanks friends!


Today I finished off the front and started/finished the rear. The rear was much more difficult to cut, obviously because you are cutting the inner, outer and the weld which holds them together. I pounded them 1/2 way, applied the sealant, and then pounded them the rest of the way in. It was messy.

I used a can of Rustoleum Underbody coating to cover the bare spots on the outside. came out alright. A little rough in spots, but not too shabby.



...oh, and on another note, I originally bought 2 cans of the underbody spray. One of the cans actually ruptured while I was shaking it!
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Looks good man!! Just curious why you opted to cut and fold as opposed to just cut the front fenders?
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You retain some of the rigidity that they had stock. After I made the initial cut, the front fenders were jiggly and very loose. As you go through. folding the relief cuts, it begins to get less jiggly, and once it's all folded over, and the sealant has cured, it's almost as rigid as it would be stock.

Mostly I was afraid my fat butt would bend up the fenders by leaning on them.
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Ahh ok well good to know! I was just gonna cut em lol but looks like I'll be doing what you did now.
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Ahh ok well good to know! I was just gonna cut em lol but looks like I'll be doing what you did now.
It takes a little bit longer, but I think it was worth it. Get yourself a vise grip sheet metal tool and a alligator style vice grip, and it'll be done in no time. I used the angle grinder with a metal cutting disc to take off the first inch or so, and then used tin snips to cut the relief cuts. I used all angle grinder (with a little sawzall) on the rears, since the inner and outer fenders merge together back there. I went through almost 3 cutting discs back there.
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Yesterday the d44a skid arrived, and I painted it up. I got cheeky and stenciled out "YOU JUST GOT OWNED BY A WJ" on it.


Why? "Why would you do something so cheeky, Mike?" It's actually is a little bit of a Joke I'm gonna play on NAU 4x4. Every year we do an annual trip to Moab, UT, and on Poison Spider Mesa, in "The Wedgie" someone usually sticks a gopro in the crack, and you get a shot like this:


http://gfycat.com/MarvelousFlawedIguana

So this year someone's gonna get a good laugh when they review the footage.

The 44a skid is strapped up and ready to go. I just need a spacer to use the sway bar, so for now it has been pulled off again.

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Nice man! Glad ya finally got it
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Same here! Now I have spacers and new bushings on order for the rear sway bar, and I also snagged the spectre canister filter while it is on sale! I was considering getting it anyways so I can relocate my washer fluid bottle. When you said it was on sale, well... that kind of made my mind up. I guess great minds think alike, haha
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