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Roll Fender Lips for Tire Clearance with the Eastwood Fender Roller Tool
Roll Your Own
Two of the most annoying things in any modified car are overheating and rubbing tires. Overheating can cause all kinds of problems, from blown head gaskets to cracked cylinder heads or engine blocks, and at a minimum the embarrassment of pulling into a car show with a Mustang that’s boiling over with steam coming out from under the hood. Tire rub is less publicly visible but just as irritating, making you cringe at the sight of every speed bump. Neither conditions are pleasant ways to drive your Mustang.
We always try to stuff the biggest and widest tires we can under a car, but if you’re not careful and don’t pre-measure everything before buying wheels and tires (such as with the CCTek tool we show elsewhere in this issue), you’re probably dealing with some tire rub issues.
If the tires are just kissing the inner edge of the fender lip, you may be able to get away with rolling the lips instead of buying new wheels and tires. For years, people have used wooden baseball bats wedged between the tire and fender lip to roll the inner edge up and away from the tire, but a far cleaner way to do it is to use Eastwood’s Fender Roller Tool. Simply bolt it to the wheel hub and adjust the arm so that the urethane roller wheel on the tool contacts the fender lip, and then roll it back and forth to roll the lip up out of the way of the tire.
Rolling a typical Mustang fender lip is only going to give you maybe an extra half-inch of clearance, but in many cases that’s all you need. Ideally, this would be done before paint, but how often do we choose the wheels and tires for a painted car and have rubbing issues? Yes, the answer is “usually.”