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Rolling the front fenders on Carrera3.2/ SC

I don't want my tires catching on the fender. It already has once and I got it fixed. Someone told me there is a special tool and better than a basebal bat. I want peoples opinion on whether to roll the fenders. Seems like everybody does it. I had one guy that did it and regrets it. I do not want my 30 year old paint cracking. I also want to put 225/50 in the front and I have the 205/55 right now.
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Why do you want wider tires on the front?
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More rubber on the ground. A lot of the people I run with have 225/50 on the front. even with the stock 205/55 people still roll the fenders though.
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If you have 215s now and they are catching, it'll only get worse with the 225s and I don't think rolling will make that much difference.

What wheels do you have on your car? Factory Fuchs? What size?

I rolled mine slightly, but the tire/wheel combo I had was dragging a little on compression in corners using only 7x16 Fuchs with 205/55 tires. The correct size Fuchs for 205/55-16 tires is a 6x16 which will keep the tire narrow enough to not contact the fender.

I used a child size baseball bat (narrower for a low car). I think the trick to having undamaged paint is to go gradually and heat up the fender paint quite warm to the touch but not burning.

There is a special tool to roll the lips but it will still damage the paint if you do it incorrectly and get aggressive and try to go too far too fast.
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Yes, roll them or have them rolled. I am running 225/50/16 RE-11s in front. They rubbed a little before rolling. Seem fine now.
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I used GE baseball bat and the phone book (yes phone book system, check that out). And worked fine. The roller tool is nice but these have worked fine for me.
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Phone book? What's a phone book? And where would I get one?

Something that seems obvious to me but should still probably be said: if you use a bat, use a wood one so as to not damage your paint more than necessary. And use a cheap disposable one as the fender edge will chew into the wood of the bat and destroy its usefulness as a baseball tool.
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Phone book? What's a phone book? And where would I get one?

Something that seems obvious to me but should still probably be said: if you use a bat, use a wood one so as to not damage your paint more than necessary. And use a cheap disposable one as the fender edge will chew into the wood of the bat and destroy its usefulness as a baseball tool.
Kev, you need to come to Golden this summer! Oh, and bring your bat
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I have Fuchs 7 and 8s

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