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Old 02-03-2005, 01:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been searching on the forums for EVER and can't find anything about it. I just got new tires for my baby today, 225's in front 235/40/18 in back. and it's rubbing in back!!! So i've heard people talk about rolling the fenders for clearance. I know what rolling the fenders is, just not how to do it. Is it a DIY or should i take it in to a shop? Mabye if someone could just point me in the right direction, that'd be great. Thanks much
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No offense, but if you are asking these questions take it to a shop. But to answer your question, the jest of it is (if I am understanding it properly), you take something like a metal baseball bat, or roughly that size and shape and force it between your tire and fender and then roll the bat, making your fenders (hopefully) "roll" in/up and not crack. Unless you have a buddy that has done it before, which I don't suppose you do since you are asking how to do it, take it to a shop so you won't mess up and have a very expensive mistake on your hands.
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hey thanks, i've heard of using a baseball bat, but i thought maybe there was a better way, i'll either get smaller tires or taller springs, or something.
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The way I did it is a little messy.. but works.. I took a metal hammer... ball pin.. and took my wheel off... then hammered away... I know it sounds horrible... but it works...

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i used a baseball bat with a towel wrapped around it and went to town. Worked out perfectly, no chips or cracks.
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I'm thinking maybe les's idea would be a little (little) safer than the baseball bat, i don't really understand how you could get the bat in there in the first place, I can barely stick my finger in there!
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you guys are funny, why dont you just buy a FENDER ROLLER!!!???!
they range from 300+ in price and you can charge ur friends $$$good money$$$
to do their cars too.

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I'm thinking maybe les's idea would be a little (little) safer than the baseball bat, i don't really understand how you could get the bat in there in the first place, I can barely stick my finger in there!
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You jack up the car enough to fit the bat between the fender and the tire. Then use the tire as a leverage point so when you are pushing down on the handle of the bat, the fat end is pushing out/up on the fender lip. You can use heat gun to prevent from chipping/cracking, i didn't and it was fine, but i did it in +80F
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