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Old 01-15-2014, 11:42 PM   #1
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Fender flares for closing wheel gap?

I was just perusing the site and reading through a thread about whether or not to lower an FRS. It seems that a lot of people's (mine included) reason for lowering their car is the unsightly wheel gap at stock ride height.

So I thought. There's two ways to get rid of that wheel gap; modify the suspension, or modify the body. After a quick search, I couldn't find anything that has been developed that gives an OEM-style look in the category of fender flares that decrease the visual wheel gap. All the fender flares I found were part of some sort of wide-body kit, or at the very least made a drastic change to the overall look of the car.

Does anyone make a set of paint matched flares that don't look overly ricey, but give that lowered look to a car on stock ride height?

If not, someone should get on that...
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:53 PM   #3
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There's a reason why no one has ever done this for any car. It would throw off the proportions of the car, and make it look taller and less sporty. You could probably replace the front fenders with something that has a lower wheel arch, but on the rear you would essentially have to weld/rivet a flat piece of metal/fiberglass if you do not want a widebody look. And then you would need spacers or aftermarket wheels with a different offset to give it a flush look.

I agree that it makes sense to keep the stock suspension, as it works pretty well both on and off track. Still, keep in mind that this is a cheaper car compared to supercars, which have high-end, finely tuned suspension to still give a comfy ride while minimizing wheel gap.

If you replace the current suspension with good street coilovers (such as KW V3s), you will still get an equally comfy ride while reducing wheel gap. Toyota isn't able to spend the same amount of money on suspension components as KW can.
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Seems like one of those ideas you think about when you're really stoned...
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I have no idea what he's even talking about. lol
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Fender flares? This ain't no 4x4 pick me up truck yo.....
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I have no idea what he's even talking about. lol
He was probably thinking of something like these maybe?

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I'm not saying it would be easy to make it look right... It would probably be quite difficult, but who knows? And no... I'm not stoned haha. Something like what campy posted above is sort of what I mean, but a set that comes down just a little bit further to eliminate a bit of the wheel gap. I think it could be done right, but would definitely require wheels with more poke.

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Well, if any company did R&D and produce such a thing you'd be the only one in the world buying it OP.
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So why don't you just lower it?
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No need to berate the guy for trying to do something different...

Something like this probably wouldn't have big enough market, most people who are in the mindset where they want to keep the suspension OEM would also be in the mindset where they definitely would not want to put rivets into their fenders. Modifying the suspension is reversible, modifying body panels is not (unless you're completely replacing the entire panel which can be very expensive).
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People on here are so quick to be 'the guy' to rip someone else a new one.

So here is some more sensible feedback. There is no way currently to change the arch of the fenders to close up the gap. And frankly it probably wouldn't look that good if you had a piece large enough to cover up a significant portion of that gap. The tacked on 'flare' would make the car look worse than a stock car with the unsightly gap.

My solution, get a set of springs. Tanabe or Eibach Prokit. Both of these are sub-1" drops, but make a fair difference. I put pro-kit springs on mine, and the gap went from 4 fingers down to 2 fingers, basically cut the gap in half. Partner it up with a larger diameter wheel like 18" and you should be in a good spot without deviating too much from stock spec.
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Yeah, I was just brainstorming. I've already got my wheel gap taken care of:



Chances are you guys are right, but I think theres a possibility that someone could make something that doesn't look too bad. They wouldn't be able to make it "flush" or lose the gap completely, but they could cut it down a little.

Also, regarding the rivets; Would it be possible to use a similar set-up that those stick-on spoilers use? 3-M or whatever...
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