Fitting wide, large-diameter wheels and tyres is a great way to enhance the look of your car. But it can lead to excessive tyre wear and tear without adequate tyre clearance and as a result damage can occur on both the tyres and/or the paint/panel. One simple way to create more room for the wheels and prevent tyre damage is to have the guards rolled / lipped.
Watch the BMW rears video to see more about how we tackle each job…
How guard rolling works
Guard or fender rolling consists of folding the inner lip of the wheel arch into a tighter ‘V’ shape or a ‘U’ shape to increase the space between the arch and the tyre.
The spot-welded double metal lip of the rear guards or the single-skinned lip of the front wheel arch can be pressed all the way around the inner side of the arch by using a rolling machine that bolts onto the wheel hub.
The guard rolling technique varies with each car. Success depends on the condition of the paintwork or previous repairs to the area. If the paint is original, there is usually no cracking or paint damage.
We use 2 methods to roll the guards, one is the use of the bolt on roller tool and the 2nd is by use of a rubber mallet and dolly method. In most cases the bolt on guard roller tool is not used on the rears because the excessive force required to bend the lip as the result can cause more damage to both the panel distortion and or paint damage. (the truth is there isn’t a lot of skill in ramming a roller back and forth.)
Why AutoFX WA for guard rolling?
AutoFX WA is among Perth’s top guard rolling professionals. Our guard rolling specialist has been trained by Dent Craft. We have trade references from Dent Craft, WA Suspensions & Active Automotive. We’ve also been recommended by numerous online automotive communities like Perth-WRX
Rolling of rear guards on all VE & VF model Commodores will result in slight distortion. You need to see one already done go and see Luke at Harrop Performance/Youngs Holden. Also check out Ed at Actives canning Vale and maybe speak with John at Street Quick Performance and look at his Project VF.