Anyone cut lower 1/4 in front of rear wheels to fit 315/60/15?

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    Hi I need to cut my 1/4 panels in front of rear tire to fit 30/13.50/15 tires.Just seeing if anyone who has done this has some info on how to do this.Im not interested in moving my rear end back.This is the only place that needs some clearance.Any insight would be appreciated before I get started.Thanks

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    I did on the Duster, cut a piece of heavy poster board in the desired cut (follow lip curve about 1” over) mark a line, holding zero at top move bottom over the amount you need for clearance, mark a line. I made mine at the bottom flush with inner fender. Cut inside each line with a cut off wheel till bottom cut touches panel. Trim a little at a tim till they line up then tack weld. Use same pattern for both sides. Keep away from the crease and as much of the curvature as possible, easier to weld a flat surface. I’ll take a pic tonite of mine, 30/9/15 radial slick for me.
    My cut started just above that bottom crease but still keep curve looking uniform
     
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    Thanks for the info.Looking forward to see pics
     
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    I`ve done 2 cars that way . I slowly and carefully cut the lip off ,and formed/BENT , it to the inner fender shape , which was the same contour of the orig. fender line , one side didnt even need bondo before PAINTING , the other only needed a hair "ABOUT 1/16'' because of diff metal hardness , for some reason , it wouldn`t bend as good as the first side.
    GO VERY SLOW , IT WILL TAKE VARIETY OF TOOLS , EVEN USED THE CLAWS ON A CLAW HAMMER TO BACK UP THE INSIDE WHEN STARTING THE ROLL IN.
    Slow is the key , and Im` not a body man . thumbnail.jpg
    295 60 d15, the springs have settled , and the tires are about even w/ the top of the fender well now , 8 1/2'' rims on it now , pic ewas 15x8.
     
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      May be over complicating it, but if you can, you might want to try cutting a wedge out and moving the material forward to gain the space. This allows you to keep the form of the lip. Might end up with a cleaner look. Might not be possible. But I think that's how I would attack it.
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        That’s exactly what I was thinking but wanted to see what others have done before I dig in.
         
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        Good pic, what I was trying to say.
         
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          Check this guy out. Lots of good advice.

           
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            Do you think 3/4 of an inch is good clearance?
             
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            in the video he says you want 1-1.5"

            I've seen a couple of his videos lately and think he does a good job.
             
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            Radial tire yep bias will grow at speed depending on rim size
             
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