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Old 01-20-2022, 10:38 AM   #1
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Wasn't sure what group to post this in, so if there is a better one, feel free to move it. My son is looking to put inner fenders in two of his rigs and we don't really know where to start on this. Weight is a big concern of his so the lighter the better. He has the Proline Powerwagon and Cliffhanger bodies, both fairly trimmed away in the fender area for tire clearance. This also left the body pretty open when viewed from the sides or front. Any suggestions on where to start on this and what materials to use?
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Old 01-20-2022, 10:55 AM   #2
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I'm only into this a year, but from what I've seen people use; hacked tupperware.
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Old 01-20-2022, 11:54 AM   #3
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Yeah, I've seen the hacked up tupperware option mentioned in another thread. That option would add a significant amount more weight than what my son wants. He's trying to build a light, comp style rig. Not that he actually comps, but he gets pretty competitive with the people we crawl with.
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Old 01-20-2022, 12:20 PM   #4
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Disposable tupperware. I shouldn't use the term tupperware like people use Kleenex referring to tissues, but the disposable stuff is what I meant (very thin material).
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Old 01-20-2022, 12:32 PM   #5
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Cool Whip containers work great. I've made a few sets out of them.
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Old 01-20-2022, 01:21 PM   #6
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Cool Whip containers work great. I've made a few sets out of them.
Yup. Cool whip, Butter cups, sour cream/chip dip.....
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Old 01-20-2022, 01:43 PM   #7
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I get the vanquish vs4-10 inner fenders. Its a set of 4 plus theyre thin lexan. I used the rears om the front of one of my cab only rigs n they fit pretty good. But if u dont want to spend any cash, id go with the suggestions above. Most generally, people have some in the cabinets to store left overs. Im sure the wife wont miss one or two lol
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Old 02-13-2022, 04:05 PM   #8
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I tried .025 aluminum sheet to build mine from, but I also experimented with .020 lexan sheet. Both worked and the lexan takes paint well, I went with the aluminum because of stability, I wasn't concerned with weight. The electrical tape on the top was to reduce damage to paint on the body.


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Old 02-13-2022, 05:49 PM   #9
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Another user of old food containers. Trim'em up then paint'em.
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Old 02-14-2022, 08:56 AM   #10
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For those who want aluminum ones with shape, try this. Disclaimer first: Do not catch anything on fire or burn yourself, you will be generating some serious heat. Understood? Figure out how large of a radius you will need for your wheel well. Locate a piece of tube that would be the correct diameter. Get a map gas torch, and a bucket of ice water. Heat up your aluminum sheet that is 1-1/2 times your diameter you need. Don’t catch anything on fire or be near flammable vapors. It doesn’t change color like heated steel fyi. Heat it for 45 seconds or so depending on thickness (Do not catch something on fire!), pick it up with some pliers, NOT YOUR FINGERS, and dip it into the ice water. You have now annealed the sheet. Place it on top of the tube, centered, and gently tap with a mallet or ball peen hammer and put shape into it, matching the depth you need. Trim as required and you have a set of aluminum wells, like OEM if you do it right. Once trimmed, planish them to remove excessive dents and to work harden them completely. With a little practice you will be able to manipulate the shape. Did I say don’t burn yourself or your house down? All good. Do note that as you stretch the metal, it is getting thinner, so depending on the draw, you may want to use .040, ideally 3003 alloy. Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2022, 09:31 AM   #11
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Good suggestions everyone, thanks!
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