Now that the wide body fitment is basically done (besides hooking up the fuel hoses which is a piece of cake and I'll show that soon), I need to clear up a few issues and move on to the next stage.
As it is right now, the fiberglass wide body screws into the factory metal wheel well lip. With this set up, if you run super wide 12"+ rims in the back, you have to make sure the tire will not interfere with the metal lip under there. Here is a pic that shows the 2" fiberglass lip that goes all the way around the inside of the wheel well.
This particular method of installation would probably only work well if you were not lowering your car in the back and not running an extremely tall wheel/tire set up. However, if you like the old school look of a Jacked up rear end, which I do, this may work for you, kinda like this:
The best way to check that you will be happy with the standard set up before buying the basic widebody kit, would be to get a pair of 2" wheel spacers and bolt them up in the back, then drive it around to make sure you don't get interference.
If you are happy with that set up, you are good to go and will not need to do anymore than this. However, if you need more clearance, there are 2 ways to go:
1) Do a little trimming of the wheel lip (which is kinda like what you would normally accomplish by rolling your fender lip).
2) Do a LOT OF trimming of the wheel lip!
Since I'm planning on running a supercharger and HUGE drag slicks in the rear and DO NOT want to be limited AT ALL in the future, I'm going ALL THE WAY and gonna not only completely remove the entire wheel lip, but also develop a custom fiberglass tub piece that will integrate with the factory wheel well liners! This is not part of the basic kit.
I should mention that I've already commited that the first 5 people who order a wide body will get the Tub Kit for free, (if they want it) and they deserve this because of their complete trust of buying a kit from me before it is completely developed, which helps me out with financing the project so I can complete it faster.
Very nice. So I could take a hack saw to it and get the job done right. I like it. Future mod for sure.
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OK Charger fans, here we go with PART 2: The Optional Chopping out of the Lip
After careful consideration of the inside of the wheel well, I marked with a grease pencil the place where to cut. I pretty much followed the body crease 2" above the opening for starters.
Gotta love these air powered hack saws, they cut through both layers like butter. You want to make sure to hold the saw at an upward angle to make sure you remove enough of the inner metal.
A little touch up with a body grinder makes for a nice burr free job.
Here is a nice far away shot of the car now with the widebody on and NO lip!!
Next, I'm gonna work on figuring out how much of the plastic inner liner to remove and get ready to mock up the custom tub prototype inside the fender well, so stay tuned!!
Last edited by mopower; 10-10-2011 at 10:44 PM.
Finally got the whole shebang figured out and finished the driver's side tub design finished up. I'll be starting the mould tomorrow!
Here are some update pictures on the passenger side wheel tub moulds. This mould has already been finished and grinded, just have to snap some pics. Today I'm starting on the other side, which should go much quicker
Here is a pic of the finished Driver's side Tub Mould. We had to work pretty hard getting the Passenger side wide body moulds wet sanded, buffed, released and broken in just so I can get one set of finished pieces to install on the car so I can start on the Pass side Tub design.... I should get those piece today or Monday so eventhough it doesn't look like much progress was made, if fact some very important work is now out of the way and we should be ready to proceed with the final stage of this project on Monday.
Finally got the passenger side wide body panels back from the glass shop!!!
First I got to get prototypes off the car one at a time, to check the fit of the production units against the prototype.
Off with the old and on with the new! Fits great even with just tape holding it on! Today I'll be mounting the panels on the Passenger side, they I'll start on the 2nd tub prototype, the final step in this looooooong project!!
Lookin good Mo
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The entire widebody is now fitted and temprorarily installed and I'm really happy with the perfect surface and fit. Next, I need to install the rocker panel extentions and then I'll be ready to start cutting out the metal fender lip!
Looking awesome! The rocker pannel extensions would only fit on the stock rockers right? There is no way they could be modified to fit Grip rockers?
Get your hard hats on ---> MEGA PROGRESS AHEAD!!!
Fitting of the Rocker Panel with Extension unit
Since we are gonna use the TUB kit on this car, now it's time to cut the passenger side wheel well liner to match the other side. Simple measurements from specific locations and a grease pencil is all you need. Note that all measurements are taken by measuring a STRAIGHT DISTANCE (first picture) as opposed to making the tape measure conform with the curved shape of the wheel well. In the second picture, you can barely see the white grease pencil line at the top of that inset mounting flange.
The next step is to connect al the dots (just like they made you do in Math class on a graph. I'm gonna use 2" tape, because the width helps me keep a straight line. The idea is to cross all the measurment hash marks keeping is as straight as possible
Now, I spray it with paint to mark the spot to cut and cut it off with an air powered hack saw. I'm now ready to install the liner back into the car and mount the wide body so i can design the LAST piece of this project - Moulds should be in full production by the end of the year!!
Here I'm taking a template off the driver's side so I know exactly where to cut the sheet metal on the other side. These Template will come with the Tub Kit if you get that option.