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Fender Modification to run 37's with 1.5" Collars

Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Suspension Discussion and Modification' started by jwpres, Jun 19, 2019.

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    I did this modification a few months ago. My goal was to maintain the lowest stance as possible. I also wanted to maintain factory ride characteristics. This is my second Raptor, had a Gen1 for 4 years before buying my 2018. After these upgrades I have had the opportunity to drive my truck fairly aggressively off-road with zero rubbing or other issues. In fact, I was conservative with my tire choice and wheel offset. There is enough clearance to run a larger 37" tire and more aggressive offset.


    In front I'm running Icon's Attitude Adjustment Collars at the 1.5" setting. In the rear I installed Icon's Multi-Rate Leaf Spring set at option 1. I also used SDHQ 1" lowering shackles. This essentially gave me the factory height in the rear and raised the front 1.5". This gave me about a 1.5" rake front to rear. I also installed SVC's adjustable bump system.


    Tire choice BFG KO2 37x17x12.5

    Wheels ICON Rebound 17x8.5


    I'm really happy with all of my choices. This forum was a ton of help, I spent hours researching my decisions. My truck is my daily driver and is used for towing duties (6,000 to 7,000 lbs) as well. I also like playing in the desert and I plan on doing trips to Baja.



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    After Suspension Mods and Factory Wheels and Tires

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    With 37's and Bakflip Bed Cover

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    With Bed Rack, 2 full size spares 10 gallons of fuel and 2 10lbs Power Tanks., settled 1" in back

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    Prior to modification tire rubbed on fender liner prior to full lock. Now I have at least 1 1/2" of clearance at full lock.
     
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    Before trimming begins

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    I have trim about an 1 1/4" from lower fender

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    Cutting inner pinch weld

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    This is what I removed
     
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    Here I have re-bonded lower lip of fender

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    Modifying Fender Flair

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    Heat is used to reshape flair before bonding it back together

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    Backside of the repair

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    Outer repair ready for paint
     
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    Welded void in pichweld area
     
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    Finished product. No trimming of fender liner, wanted it to look factory

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    Plenty of clearance now
     
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    Exceptional work bro!
     
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    Very nice work!....those Bronze wheels do look good with the Blue...
     
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    Excellent work!
     
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    Nice. It looks factory.
     
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    Great work, looks like a real professional job and able to run 37" Tires with-out a big lift kit.
     
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