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Old 08-01-2004, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone every had this done? if so how much did u pay and how was it done? pics would be greatly appreciated
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there was a fender roller for sale in the classifies section...

i also think there was some talk of how its done a while back. try searching.
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Old 08-01-2004, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had once heard that you can take the knob of an aluminum baseball bat and do it some how, litterally by rolling it up under the fenders I believe ...not sure about any truth to this little rumor though...
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Yeah you can, but you have to like use a hair dryer. And the paint underneath will likely peel and you could damage the paint on the outside, so it's better to have somebody that knows what they're doing. Or practice on a friends car first.
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It will cost a couple of hundred dollars.

This is carried out when you are trying to fit wheels that are too big for the arches... depending on the size you are fitting, they may have to do more than just 'roll' the lip.
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exactly what is being done to the arches?
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The goal is to create more room in the wheel arches for wider wheels, this is done by bending or 'rolling' the arches slightly. In more extreme cases, the arches are cut and flared outwards, then filled and smoothed.
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i know someone that did do it with a bat, had to get the underneath of his fenders repainted but he painted them himself, so it didnt cost him that much! made his 19's fit haha
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i wanna fit 18" M5 wheels to my 325is (as soon as the insurance comes thru i'll have it), will i have to roll the arches for them? 225-40-18 tyres.
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Right at this moment....I rolled my fenders... or more like hammerd them in.... no problems...

I am running 265/35 ZR 18s in the rear. Works great.
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even with all your autoxing those 18s still hold up dont rub or affect your performance?

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You should be fine with those wheels so long as the offset isn't too small...You need about a 35-40mm offset for e36 BMWs.
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It only scrapes the wheel wells when coming out of a hard u turn and I have all of my weight on one rear tire.... besides that... it never does.. not even going over speed bumps on accident rather quickly. I run 235's in the front... and 265's right now in the rear... I'm gonna go one size smaller... just cause of the scraping.
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