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Apex to Apex
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somebody started a thread about having to roll his fenders because of tire rub against the fender. Well, I just mounted my TD 1.2 wheels w/Kumho rubber on my DE Miata and I need to bend/roll my fenders.

Does anyone know where that thread went, or what's the best way to bend/roll my fender?

Thx

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Mitch Taylor
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I did the front with a Rubber mallet, made small cuts every few inches and used the mallet to flatten it out. Some guys use a baseball bat. And there is a tool some shops have that bolt on to the lugs and does a good job. The rear i cut off with a wheel, double wall. the front I should of cut off, as the fenders show the impacts from the hammer.

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Ehh, I've found a sledge is working fine enough to get me enough clearance. Not the most elegant. Just beating it out to get me the clearance I need.

Doesn't seem I can do much damage that way.

Since this is a DE car and I am not running the suspension kit springs, I'll put some tie wraps on my shocks and do a few laps for my first event and see how much roll I'm getting, and also monitor very closely whether I'm getting any tire rub.

Note: Oh yea, this is a car I don't care much about. I only paid $1200 for it. It's meant soley for track duty.

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I've been using Eastwood's Fender Roller with good results. For the price you can't beat it.

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Wrecker, Appreciate it. I'll stop by my auto parts store and look for one.

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Just use a hammer. Work slowly and evenly and you can roll them as far as you want.

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Pretty much only one place your gonna find that Eastwood tool, and that's the link he provided.

My dad had the fender roller that Eastwood carried, for his Vintage Volvo P1800, but it didn't work too well on the shape of the Miata fenders. Had to change it around several times on just one fender. Eventually just finished that one, plus the other three with a 2X4.

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From under the shade tree we use a couple 1/8 thick pieces of wood with a channel lock pliers.

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Per the directions in the Eastwood catalog it is helpful to heat up the paint with a heat gun or hair drier while doing this to keep the paint flexible so that it doesn't crack.

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I used an aluminium softball bat & a floor jack. Raised the car some, insert bat between fender & tire, lower car til light contact, roll, lower, repeat until desired results. Heating paint sounds like a good idea.
Saw a very nice fender roller @ the track this past weekend. Makes my bat technique look like a booger.

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Just use a BFH and do it on a hot day in the sun. It should take about 2 minutes per wheel!

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Mike C has it right.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jeff Longo:
Saw a very nice fender roller @ the track this past weekend. Makes my bat technique look like a booger.

...which I was using and it took about a minute per fender to complete the process. Some slight paint cracking but who cares...much less than a contact incident while racing.

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I also use the Mike C method, and seem to have to do this a few times a year due to close encounters of the SM kind.....

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The BFH has worked on the front. I'll need to snip/cut the rear where it flairs out at 90 degrees inside the wheel well so it'll bend. Then the BFH should work.

I'm not going for looks, I'm going for function.

Thanks for all the input.

I'm running stock/near stock springs so I wonder how much roll I can expect? First session I'll probably come in after a few laps and check for any rubbing.

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Just did mine a couple of weekends ago.

One trip to walmart. Purchase wood kiddie bat as it's easier on the paint. Floor jack to get bat inside of fender lower and roll and done. 2-3min per tire.

You don't have to roll the entire lip just the top where it's going to interfere with the tire.

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So does that mean no one in the NE SM community has one for rent?

I wanted to run my PR1.2's at NHMS this weekend (+30 offset) with my 5mm spacers but thanks to Vick managed to avoid screwing up brand new tires.

So, heat gun, BFH/wood/bat is something like 75% of the quality of what a true tool would be roughly?

Meh - after seeing up close the cars that were on track perhaps a few fender dents would be appropriate? [Wink]

TIA,
Brandon

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you don't screw the tires up that bad.....but it's interesting hearing the high pitched whine of your tires being chewed up in a turn......real interesting at limerock at least.

heat gun and a hammer......it won't look that bad. i did mine no heat gun and you probably never would have noticed under the dirt and toyo stickers.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vick:
[QB] you don't screw the tires up that bad.....but it's interesting hearing the high pitched whine of your tires being chewed up in a turn......real interesting at limerock at least.
/QB]

It can screw them up badly. When I found mine rubbing it wasn't bad but a guy parked next to me in Portland last year sliced one of his brand new front tires all the way to the cords. It looked like it was done with a box cutter. That's when I learned the paddock method using a thick jack handle.

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