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06-17-2013 05:03 PM Spare tire cont.
I marked it off every inch and applied slight bends until I had the radius I wanted. Next I used a dolly with a curve to press a radius in the other direction. I then sanded it to remove the scratches from the factory. And sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more. Did I mention I sanded it? After hitting it with 600 wet sandpaper, I was than ready to make the final bend. My press brake would not make as tight a bend that I needed so I fabricated a smaller die to fit into my brake and make the bend. It looks rough but works well.


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06-17-2013 05:01 PM Spare tire cont.
The spare tire hold-down bracket was made of steel and had become very pitted over the years. I got a piece of stainless steel 3 x 3/16 and began bending it on my new press brake I got from SWAG. The SWAG press brake is designed to work with a Harbor Freight 20 ton press. Comes in pieces and you need to weld it together. It will bend some fairly thick steel I have only tested it on 3/16 x 3 stainless so far so good.


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06-16-2013 05:17 PM Spare tire cont.
The lower bracket was a little low so I drilled another set of holes and moved it up the fender. Another test fit of the tire and I realized that the bracket did not fit the tire right so I modified the bends until it fit the tire and had to drill two more holes I will weld them shut along with a few other holes after I strip down the fender.


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06-16-2013 05:15 PM Spare tire cont.
I started the mockup with taking some careful measurements and building a plywood mockup of the right front cab corner as my cab is too close to paint to mess it up now. Note the UPS bubble wrap sending envelopes they work great to keep from scratching the brackets. I mounted the fender and all the brackets and hardware to the mockup. I placed the new spare in place and found that it was quite a bit smaller. I fabricated a patch for the top of the pocket.


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06-16-2013 05:12 PM Spare tire
Before I did any work on the front fenders I needed to decide what to do with my spare.
Leave the original spare.
Remove the spare and cover over the pocket.
Buy a new Torque Thruster and another T/A Radial.
I took pictures of all three with the hood open and closed and put them in my screen saver. By the time I needed to decide I had my answer TTO and T/A Radial.
I got a 5 x 15 TTO and had the largest diameter R/T Radial that I could have mounted on the wheel. I wanted to use as much as possible of the original fender pocket. I went with a 155 80 15.


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