August 21, 2007Hello everyone...I lowered my 89 Mustang GT(again)w/ Eibach Pro-kit springs and the car looks great, but my rear tires(265/40/17) rub in tight corners or on road bumps. A couple of guys told me that I need to have my fenders rolled. They said that I could do it w/ a rubber mallet or a baseball bat. Maybe I could, but I just had this car painted about 2 yrs. ago and I don't have any intention of doing it again anytime soon. I've heard the term used before, but I don't know alot about it. With that being said, I'm planning to take it to a body shop. Is this an expensive process and how is it done? Thanks
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August 22, 2007If you take your hand and feel the edge of the fender opening around the wheel, you will feel about a 3/4 - 1 " flat lip. Remove the tire/wheel and you can get a good look at it. You take the rubber mallet and start hammering the edge of lip up, just go slow a little at a time and don't try to bend it too much too fast. Work you way around the wheel opening, do just the part that would come in contact with your tire. This will bend up that lip and give you more clearance.
The Bat method is where you stick the bat in-between the fender and the tire and pry down on the bat, thus bending the lip up. You work your way around the fender opening so that the lip is bent up out of the way of coming in contact with your tire.
I had to do it on GrabberBlue to keep that lip from cutting my tires. I used a rubber hammer, easy to do.
August 22, 2007I prefer the bat method. A heat gun will also help not crack your paint.
August 22, 2007I just rolled mine with a bat.
It was my fisrt time trying it.
It was very very easy to do.
August 27, 2007Well guys, here's the update. Due to my schedule w/ my kids and my wife being on military active duty, I dropped the Stang off at a local body shop and the guy called me later to say that rolling my fenders still wouldn't give the clearance that I need to prevent rubbing. He informed me that the offset of the wheels pushes the wheel outward. The only way to prevent the rubbing would be to lift the Stang up a little. Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks
August 28, 2007How much do they stick out? You can get up to a half inch of clearance with the fender lip folding thing... and I've heard of people getting over an inch additional clearance with patience and a baseball bat.
You could lift it a bit with some spring isolators... are you running any in the back now? (rubber pad between the top of the spring and the body)