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    Thanks Fernando. The process is the same for the WK.

    The reason I primed it first was because it was easier to spray the whole area With the liner out, then just touch up the small section that got messed up with the heat gun. Other than that, it doesn't really matter.

    The cuts are slight triangular shapes so the pinch weld sits flat when folded over. If you just put a few slices they'll overlap each other and stick out further. The only angles that matter are the top and bottom most cuts.... the rest may have a slight angle just to do blade position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Thanks Fernando. The process is the same for the WK.

    The reason I primed it first was because it was easier to spray the whole area With the liner out, then just touch up the small section that got messed up with the heat gun. Other than that, it doesn't really matter.

    The cuts are slight triangular shapes so the pinch weld sits flat when folded over. If you just put a few slices they'll overlap each other and stick out further. The only angles that matter are the top and bottom most cuts.... the rest may have a slight angle just to do blade position.
    Gotcha. Cool. I will hopefully get to do it when I have time to work on mine.
    07 WK Limited, 3.0 CRD, QDII

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    UPDATE:
    Passenger side:
    Since the A/C lines don't allow the use of a rivet, I drilled a hole and used a tree-clip (can get them at Lowe's) in between the HVAC lines and bent pinch weld. Then used a self tapping screw outboard of the pinch weld.
    Just anywhere, a specific place or will I know when I see it?

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    Yeah anywhere inbetween them. I put it far enough up so the tire wouldn't hit it if/when it rubs

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    Hey Matt were you ever able to get those pictures of where to put the screws in the liner to hold it back instead of reforming it? Thanks.


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    I did.... gotta check and see if I uploaded them (clearly I forgot to post em!)

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    Sweet, thanks man! That bumper looks awesome by the way.


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    Thanks!

    Here you go man. It's pretty simple... i basically put the screw in a location where the tire wouldn't hit it. On the passenger side I went about 1" away from where the rear HVAC lines are.








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    Thanks Matt. Looks like u used one screw on each side, is that correct? Looks easy enough to me. It's almost time to put the Rubicon wheels and tires on.


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    Yup, one screw per side has worked most of the time. On two of the pinch welds i've done I'd added an extra screw on one of the sides, far outboard, because of how the liner was bending. Seems as though every vehicle has its own personality

    A few tips for the passenger side if you have rear HVAC:
    1) Before taking the liner off, use a small drill bit to drill a hole through the wheel well liner and make a mark on the firewall about between 1 and 2 inches away from where the HVAC lines are. Once the liner is off, pre-drill the firewall.
    2) Cut away as much from the plastic HVAC line guide as possible. It sticks out further than it needs to and you'll gain almost 1/2" more clearance.
    3) Because of the HVAC lines you'll want to tighten the screw on this side by hand. If you go too far the liner will start bulging out where the HVAC lines are.

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