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Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

So I'm about to purchase an OME HD lift and some jk moabs wrapped with 255/75/17 bfg m/t. I also plan on putting on some 1.5" spidertrax spacers and to my knowledge, I believe I'm still going to have to perform the pinch weld mod to avoid any clearance issues.

Now here's my dilemma.. I have no tools nor the space in the parking structure of my complex to do all this.

I was just wondering if anyone knows of any shops willing to do this for me and not charge out the ass for such a simple job.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:15 PM
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

You might be able to get away without it running the 255's. The spacer will probably increase the chance of rubbing. It only occurs during tight steering situations as the rearward most part of the tire makes contact with the fender liner. Try it & see. I'm afraid most shops will look at you like you don't know what you're talking about.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

so far with my 255s i have ran a 1" spacer, a 1/4" spacer and a 1.5" spacer..

i got the most rubbing with the 1.5" spacer. i couldnt turn the wheel more than half way before it rubbed, so the option to make a u-turn without rubbing wasnt there. also the slightest bump on an on/off ramp i would rub. so i ditched them. the 1" spacer is a good compromise, i dont rub nearly as much as i did with the 1.5" spacer. i can make a u-turn without rubbing, i do get a slight rub when hitting a small bump on an on/off ramp. the tires sit flush with the rear fenders, as for the front they stick out just a hair. the 1/4" is same as the 1" but keeps the tires inside the fenders.

if you want to avoid the pinch weld, 1" spacer or less in my opinion with 255s.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

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You might be able to get away without it running the 255's. The spacer will probably increase the chance of rubbing. It only occurs during tight steering situations as the rearward most part of the tire makes contact with the fender liner. Try it & see. I'm afraid most shops will look at you like you don't know what you're talking about.
I'll just pull up one of those pinch weld write ups on my phone and try my best to explain it to them. I'm sure any experienced mechanic should grasp the idea of what I have to do.




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so far with my 255s i have ran a 1" spacer, a 1/4" spacer and a 1.5" spacer..

i got the most rubbing with the 1.5" spacer. i couldnt turn the wheel more than half way before it rubbed, so the option to make a u-turn without rubbing wasnt there. also the slightest bump on an on/off ramp i would rub. so i ditched them. the 1" spacer is a good compromise, i dont rub nearly as much as i did with the 1.5" spacer. i can make a u-turn without rubbing, i do get a slight rub when hitting a small bump on an on/off ramp. the tires sit flush with the rear fenders, as for the front they stick out just a hair. the 1/4" is same as the 1" but keeps the tires inside the fenders.

if you want to avoid the pinch weld, 1" spacer or less in my opinion with 255s.

I would feel a lot safer getting the mod done anyways just in case. Just not trying to replace my tires everytime I bottom out haha.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

Most mechanics should know what it is.. you dont have to call it "pinch weld mod", but they should know anyway...
Just explain that behind the wheel well liner you need the metal hammered back a little to avoid your tires hitting it.. they'll know what to do. Unless of course you go to a terrible auto body shop.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

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I would feel a lot safer getting the mod done anyways just in case. Just not trying to replace my tires everytime I bottom out haha.
if you bottom out that much, maybe you should look into a stiffer suspension. 30k+ later i havent and will not have to replace a tire due to a "slight" rub on the pinch weld. happens maybe once a day if that and for a split second.

honestly i dont see a shop doing this- maybe browse the web and find a local 4x4 club, see when they throw a wrenching day and ask for help from the club. most of them are nice guys.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

If anyone in the Los Angeles area is willing to spare a day of their time and help me out with the pinch weld I'd greatly appreciate it. I took my car to a shop and they were asking for $575 just to hammer back the rear fenders and trim the bolt in the front (that to me sounds a bit ridiculous but I guess it's just the cost of labor.) I know this is a pretty easy job and I guess a bit time consuming but I'd be willing to pay anyone on here that can help me out. I recently moved and don't have any tools or the garage to do this mod.

Shoot me a PM if anyones willing. Thanks guys.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

All you need is a dremel or other cutter strong enough to cut plastic, a hammer, and a sawzall to do it yourself.

Might cost you less to buy these 3 tools then it would to have a shop do it.

As for the space requirement, you only need the same amount of space it would take you to change a tire.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

Thing is I'm currently a college student and I'm on a very tight budget with the lift, new wheels/tires/spacers and installation together. And my complex really isn't suitable for any tire changing either.

I'll take it to a couple other shops or maybe just wait a little longer to get the tools and stands.
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Re: Where can I get the pinch weld mod done?

If anyone in the LA area is willing to help me out one of these days with the mod I'd GREATLY appreciate it.

Picking up my wheels/tires off some guy on cl tomorrow and I'm ordering the lift shortly after so I'm going to need to get this out of the way.

I'll be more than happy to pay someone for their help. Thanks in advance guys
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