Nov 3, 2014

Project 180SX: Front Wide Fenders, pt. 3

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Project 180SX:

Front Wide Fenders, pt. 3

by Dustin Mankin

Here's the last shot of her with the factory metal fenders. These things gotta go, although, I will really miss the stock fitment. Honest to God, nothing fits like OEM sheet metal. Even the better FRP brands miss the mark at times.

And then... there are these. No one knows what name brand. But everyone knows they were off of a car that was thrashed, and if you looked at part 1 and part 2 of my wide fender project, you know the damage was pretty substantial. In this part, we are checking the fitment of my partially restored fenders.

Dear Lord, this fitment is shit. It's got gaps wider than Letterman's front teeth. But we can fix that, and we aren't even going to need fiberglass to do it.

And there it is, after I spent a little bit of time on the mounting tab on the car's chassis. Is it OEM metal perfect? Not at all. Is it acceptable?

Show car: No.

Daily Driver and Drift Car: Yes.

At least in my opinion. Your mileage may vary. If you want it more perfect, you could always glass up to the edge on the top corner, where the gap gets a little bit wider, but honestly, you don't need to, especially if it's going to see drift time. Shit WILL go down.

I was test fitting the fitment to the top rail, and decided I would try one of the allen head screws with the rosette washer. I really like it, but I won't be mounting these washers for some time. All of that will come when I redo the bay to bling bling status one day.

The hood line and fender line on this one are actually pretty good!

This fender has fitment that I could live with. I think it will suit me well for the needs of the car.

This fender hasn't been bolted all the way down to match the door yet, but the fitment of the panel back here will be ok, I think.

But the front is going to leave a little something to be desired on this side. Without cutting it all off and resetting it, there's not much I can do. And to be honest, I don't really want to get into all of that.

But how will the front bumper go on... I won't know for some time, We are going to do the repairs, and then go from there.

Next time, I got a little something for you!

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