Sunday, August 21, 2011

Fender Rolling & Pulling

Rolling your fenders entails using a fender roller like this to roll in the metal 'lip' on the inside of the wheel arch. This allows you to run wider tires/lower offset/wider track without cutting the piss out of your tires or needing to run absurdly negative camber.

The ghetto way to accomplish this is to use tightly rolled newspaper (or a baseball bat). Lower the car and roll it with the tire to push up the lip (poor explaination). In most cases (unless you are really good) this ends up looking like shit.

Pulling your fenders means actually hammering out the fenders to be wider and higher. Sort of a poor man's fender flare.

From BMW Forum:   "any car that comes from the factory will have the fender flares pressed in some sort of a machine, its extremely difficult to do it yourself...and you'll be lucky if the metal doesn't wrinkle, not to mention the paint chipping.

if you want to run wide tires, just get a heat gun and a body hammer. heat the fender lip, and slowly go around hitting the lip to bend it into the inside of the fender. if you go slowly enough, and don't hit too hard, and make sure its always around 110 degrees where you're hammering, (and with a bit of luck) your paint shouldn't chip.

when i did this, it took me about 45 minutes a fender...take your time, and if you find a way to do it without killing your back let me know"