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DYI Fender Rolling

Discussion in 'Wheels/Tires/Brakes' started by 98EscortDude, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. 98EscortDude

    98EscortDude New Member

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    I have noticed slight rubbing in the rear fenders when i turn sharp or hit a bump with a car full of buddies riding with me. I know its probably because of my wheel offset (im not sure what it is as i bought my wheels used) but has anyone here done the DYI baseball bat or pipe method? Theres all kinds of info on google, some say it works great and others **** up their fenders trying it.. Anyone done it with an escort and had good results? I really don't want to buy new wheels seeing as i just put 4 new tires on my 17's and they are nice wheels. My dad suggested maybe just cutting the lip that sticks in toward the tire. What do you guys think?
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    There is actually a tool specific for fender rolling. You may be able to rent one from somewhere or post on a car enthusiast forum that is local to you; I'm sure someone has one somewhat near you.

    When I did my previous ZX2 I used a rock (yes a rock lol) wrapped in a towel and it turned out really well, this being after a new paint job even. I just bashed the lip until it was good (wheels off of course). I couldn't get a bat to do anything near as good as the rock. I know it sounds stupid, so maybe try your luck with the other option ;)
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    I used the bat method and it worked OK. It only rolled the lip 30 - 45 deg but it was just enough to keep them from rubbing.
    The body tool that's meant for this job will roll it all the way over.
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    I dont know of any place around here that rents the tool and i know if i have a shop do it it will cost a lot probably. I think i will try using the bat and see what happens or maybe just trim the lip a little bit. I dont think it would need to be trimmed/ rolled very much as it barely even rubs on the tire but it is enough to notice.
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    Your best bet is to relief cut the lip ever couple of inches and be careful!. Then spray some undercoating style paint on all exposed metal, then with a bucking bar, gently and slowly hammer the lip up and over. The bucking bar will help prevent denting out the quarter panel while smacking with hammer. If you don't know about bucking bars, ask a friend who knows metal working. I say do it slowly meaning, several light hits to accomplish is better than a few hard hits. Once again helping keep metal from deforming. Then when happy with the lip roll, spray more undercoat paint on the inside of quarter panel. This will help keep modification from rotting, if not already!!
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    I just cut my fenderwell lips out on the blue car. I saw bending the lip as just another way to promote rust in the rear quarter(be it from a section of exposed metal that was missed, or from debris that gets stuck in between the bent lip and the quarter). I initially used a dremel tool with cutting wheels to cut out the fenderwells, but then cleaned it up with an angle grinder. Turned out really nice.

    The stars must have been perfectly aligned when I bought the wheels for the green car... 17's with a 2 inch drop, and no rubbing!

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