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Thread: How to: Roll fenders

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    How to: Roll fenders

    My rear tire sidewalls were rubbing against the rear quarter panel's lip:


    Quarter panel's lip before rolling:
    (the tire actually caught on the lip, and yanked it downwards slightly)


    Have the car up on jack stands, and remove the wheel.

    Mounting the fender roller tool:


    Adding the lug nut washers:


    Lug nuts on, and slightly tightened:


    What the tool looks like fully mounted:


    Since I'm working on the rear, the e-brakes will need to be released.
    Tool is positioned with slight pressure on the panel lips.
    Red knob tightened to lock the tool length in place.
    Head roller angle is also tightened and locked into place:


    With slight pressure already on the panel lip, rotate the tool left and right several times. Lip starts to slightly curl:


    Use the lever to add more pressure on to the panel lip, and rotate the tool left and right several times again. Repeat this step until the panel lip is folded enough to clear the tire:


    Some paint cracking depending how much the lip is folded.
    Paint cracking maybe reduced, but not entirely avoided, if a heat gun was used prior to rolling.
    The cracking paint was on the inside of the panel, so it wasn't important to me, so it just needs paint touchup:


    Fender rolling completed:
    (The dimple shown is a factory spot weld, but is not visible on the outside)


    Finished:




    *** For more photos of this car: http://www.rimtuck.com/setup.php?id=1066

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    Haven't seen one of those before.

    Bit more professional than two bits of wood and a pair of multigrips!

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    or sticking a baseball bat between the guard and tyre and driving back and forth a bunch of times :shock:

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    Hard to believe that you were rubbing. Doesn't look that insane low.

    Nice DIY and pictures. :tu:

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    By using a heat gun you can entirely avoid paint cracking, if you know what you are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwebb2876
    or sticking a baseball bat between the guard and tyre and driving back and forth a bunch of times
    Hey! That's my favorite method! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by parrot
    Haven't seen one of those before.

    Bit more professional than two bits of wood and a pair of multigrips!
    I'm in Melbourne and i have the identical guard rolling tool.

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    http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?2435165

    I built a simple roller using these ideas. Actually Mine is the one made from a spare wheel assembly.

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    Excellent! Expect a call when I need to roll mine! Just kidding.

    Your 929 book was sent yesterday by the way

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