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 Old 03-23-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
 
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Default Put 235/40 RT-615's on my Rota P1's - had to roll rear lip

Mounted new rubber today. Falken Azenis RT-615 tires 235/40/18 mounted on Rota P1's 18 x 8" (+48) in Hyperblack

Getting a bad rub on the rear - more on driver's side (makes sense - that's the side I typically sit on)

Definitely must try rolling my rear fenders beneath the wheel well. Strange why Mazda would give the front fenders a nice roll from the factory but leave the rear sticking out straight towards the tire like a razorblade.

I'm not too worried about it. Should be able to put a nice upward tilt to the inner fender lip without too much risk. Gotta be done because just a couple of bumps chewed some nice tire spaghetti off the lip. No harm really but it cannot be left alone.

No driving impressions yet for the Falkens. But I have the highest expectation for them to grip like claws on carpet. A DOT wear rating of 200 means they are super-sticky. No worries about wet weather traction because now that March is almost past it's not likely to rain again in So.Cal until Oct/Nov.

I'll know for certain how well they grip - and god forbid I continue to get sharp rubbing - because I'm heading out to Willowsprings "Big Track" on 3/27.

tires sidewalls still covered in lube since they were mounted about 20 minutes before these pics taken. and the center caps were still in the car.

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decent room towards the inside on the rear struts (Koni Yellows, MS red springs & camber plates)




a bit closer up front still on the stock shocks with the MS red springs

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So I took care of rolling the rear fender lips today. Not a task for the faint-of-heart. Especially if you don't have all the right tools - like I don't.

Basic ingredients:
  • small sledge hammer
  • cardboard pad - to soften the blows
  • fresh razor blade knife
  • painters tape
  • enamel primer or paint
  • Mazda touch-up paint kit
  • couple of cigs or beers (OPTIONAL)

I know to do a proper fender roll, you need a special tool and its best to use a hot-air gun to soften the paint and make if pliable/flexible. I didn't have any of that.

But I think of my MS3 as a track car that I happen to drive everyday. I just needed to get the job done before I sliced away precious sidewall from my nice, new RT-615s.

Simple recipe:
  1. scribe hard line just inside fender lip for paint "break-line"
  2. gently bash the hell out of the lip til it's rolled upward
  3. sand away paint chips on rolled lip
  4. mask just outside scribe line
  5. paint with enamel primer or outdoor paint
  6. apply matching touch-up paint as required
  7. hope future buyer is equally concerned about form over beauty


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I plan on using 225/40s to fix my rub issue.
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Hmmm, I think I'm just gonna be a wuss and get 225/45/18s on my P1s when I have to. I got mine in Hyper Silver...the Hyper Blacks look MEAN! Just joined so no sig or pics yet.
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Thanks for the thread. It's nice to get rubbing info instead of a bunch of threads where people say fitment works on other forums. Sometimes I swear people don't turn their steering wheel...

For future reference, if you have a large group of people that need fender rolling in your area, see if they'll chip in on a roller. In the DC/VA/MD area, one guy bought a roller, and made back his money +tons, by renting it out for 49.99 with a deposit and mailing it to whoever needed it. It's a heck of a lot easier to use then yee old bat method!

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