Don't Want Any Lip

Many years ago, one of the major auto companies used the advertising slogan: "Longer, Lower, Wider, Faster." Well, I don't know about "longer" but lower and wider can often translate to faster. Lowering springs and sport dampers help reduce body roll by lowering the vehicle's center of mass, which helps keep your tires firmly planted on the road surface in a turn. Wider tires allow you greater potential for larger contact patch, while a wider track width adds additional cornering stability. Getting there can be a rewarding experience but there can be pitfalls along the way. See our tech article, "Altitude and Attitude Adjustment."

You can save yourself a lot of headaches and/or tire damage if you are ready in advance for the side effects of going lower and wider. The number one obstacle can often be those pesky fender lips. If you reach your hand under the arch of your fender you will typically feel a lip at a 90 degree angle to the arch that can protrude into the fenderwell by an inch or more. This extra material is there to add structural rigidity to the fender arch. If the effects of lowering and widening your car causes interference with this pesky little strip of metal, have no fear, I have the answer.

Tire Rack Fender Lip RollerThe Tire Rack Fender Lip Rolling Tool is a professional quality tool designed to maximize the wheel well clearance when upgrading to larger tires with lower positive offset wheels. The tool can also be used to repair the wheel well area and lip damage.

The Tire Rack Fender Lip Rolling Tool fits all four and five-lug wheel hubs up to 120mm bolt circle with hubs up to 72.5mm, however it will not fit Porsche. The forming arm adjusts from 14" to 22.75" to roll lips almost flat. The plastic coated (Delrin®) roller forms the fender lip without damaging the paint. In addition, using a high temp hair dryer or heat gun with the Fender Lip Rolling Tool will minimize the potential for paint damage during use. You can see how easy it is to set up and use by reviewing the User's Guide (PDF).

You may think that you don't want to spend a couple of hundred dollars for a tool that you may only use once. Check with a couple of local body shops and see what they would charge to do the same job. You will probably find that using the tool just once will pay for itself. If you have any friends or other car club members that need the same work done, you may be able to make a little extra cash for yourself. Just don't take any lip.


Monday, March 4, 2013 by KEVIN mchugh

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