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PostSubject: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:19 am

While I AM ecstatic that I am no longer driving a ghetto-lifted monster truck of a 240, I am also not super happy about my tires making frequent contact with that dangerous pinch weld in the front wheel well. Through minimal research it seems this is something that almost everyone with a lower-than-factory s13 has had to deal with. So lets hear it! Show off what you guys have done to take care of it. Pictures?

I'm probably just going to cut the seam in two places and hammer it towards the shock and away from the tire for now. Ideally, I would like to cut the whole thing, re-weld the seam, grind it flat, and undercoat it. However, with no welder on hand this may have to wait. It looks like the harness will have to move as well. Because my fender lines up pretty well, and I don't feel like having to deal with breaking all those tiny little bolts and re-alligning the fender, I would like to leave it on. However, I feel that with the front bumper un-bolted, I should have enough flex in the fender to get the harness up there and out of the way without removing it completely.

Again, I know this is common, and its been covered. I have a game plan, I just figured everyone else would like to share what they have done as well! Never hurts to have a few good ideas going into a "project".
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:55 am

DO NOT CUT THE SEAM AND BEAT IT FLAT.

Just get a big hammer and beat the shit out of it until its flat. When you cut it you run the risk of splitting the shock tower (which is not fun to fix).
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:01 pm

Is this because the seam is structural and cutting it forces energy to the shock towers instead of through the pinch? What about cutting the whole thing out and re-welding it all flat?

When you beat it, are you beating it straight up, or off to the side?

^^ Taken out of context, this could sound really bad... :S
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Lol, usually i light a candle and get my favorite lotion. up or to the side is irrelavant when i beat it.

When i get home ill take a picture of what i did to flatten the pinch weld. Basically i hammered it in and up flat against the wheel well.
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:19 pm

I wouldnt cut it only because the metal is so thin and a bitch to weld. Plus im sure youll find rust once you cut it and its a lot of unneccesary extra work
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:19 pm

^^ hahah thank you sir. (For the laugh, as well as the anticipated pictures. Of the pinch weld... not of sexytime activities)
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:47 pm

pinch weld in back of the wheel well
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pinch weld at the top of the wheel well
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PostSubject: Re: S13 Front Pinch Welds   Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:21 pm

Thank you very much for the pics! I'll go at it sometime this weekend.
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