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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-08-2011, 07:49 PM
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Rolling Fenders

What way is the best? The actual roller or baseball bat?
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:16 PM
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The actual roller.......
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:02 PM
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Neither. The best way is to use a hammer and a tennis ball. the curve of the ball will contour to the fender and you have to use the hammer to punch the fender out. make sure its a 12lb sledge otherwise it wont work right. sometimes you need to heat the fender too with an oxyacetylene torch (not propane or mapgas, those dont get hot enough) so the metal is hot enough to stretch. make sure you heat one little spot at a time, and stop heating it once the paint boils. then use the tennis ball and hammer. thats how i did it, i needed to roll mine so i could heat my springs and lower. its pretty sick looking
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Hmmm... An actual tool designed for the job, or a piece of sporting equipment??

You have your answer already.
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Old 07-08-2011, 10:58 PM
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Just wait for the fenders to roll themselves out after you've had the wheels on long enough
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Neither. The best way is to use a hammer and a tennis ball. the curve of the ball will contour to the fender and you have to use the hammer to punch the fender out. make sure its a 12lb sledge otherwise it wont work right. sometimes you need to heat the fender too with an oxyacetylene torch (not propane or mapgas, those dont get hot enough) so the metal is hot enough to stretch. make sure you heat one little spot at a time, and stop heating it once the paint boils. then use the tennis ball and hammer. thats how i did it, i needed to roll mine so i could heat my springs and lower. its pretty sick looking
I think i will try it your way thanks...... Never had to roll a fender before, just jacked it up a little higher....SEE EXCURSION.....
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Hmmm... An actual tool designed for the job, or a piece of sporting equipment??

You have your answer already.
Yea the tool is $300plus a wooden bat 35.00 ???????????????????????
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:18 PM
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The actual roller.......
You have one i can use?
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:19 PM
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Just wait for the fenders to roll themselves out after you've had the wheels on long enough
Might try that too, alot easier.....
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:54 PM
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Yea the tool is $300plus a wooden bat 35.00 ???????????????????????


1) You asked what is "best", not what is less expensive.
2) You could pay a shop to professionally roll your fenders for much less than $300, so why would you buy one?
3) It's really easy to find a roller available locally that you can borrow or rent from someone.
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