MX2: Cab Wheel Clearance

Posted on Posted in MX2: 2001 Ford Ranger

During the time bodywork was being done there were a few days I worked on the wheel well portion of the cab. To keep the tires from eve rubbing against the cab I notched the edges with a plasma cutter.

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After the rough cut I cleaned up the edges, then proceeded to create a paper template for a new edge.

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Then I transfer the template onto a piece of 16 gauge sheet steel.

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With a sheet metal break I bend the strait edges accordingly. Then I use a body hammer to beat each little tab into place then tack weld it. As you can see by the number of small tabs this took a long time. The back of the cab has ridges making it very difficult.

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Once fully in place I welded up every inch and repeated on the driver side.

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When finished I sand blasted and smoothed the edges with seem sealer.

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Once the truck was back together I took it out for a test run. Part of the test was to see if the tires would rub or even come close.

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With the suspension fully compressed on the passenger side there is still three inches of clearance.

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