My eldest has bought some deep dish wheels for his Mini, they look great but don't fit, they catch on the wing. So, it looks like I'm going to have to grind off an inch or so to allow the wheels and tyres room to turn. Before I go down this drastic route (it's a sound car bodywork wise, feels like sacrilege to cut it about), I'll see if there are other options he would entertain like sending them back and making do with the std wheels, but he seems keen and they are "supposed" to fit and understand some modification is expected.
As far it'll go right lock
Yep the are fat and out there!
Full left lock only being stopped by the offside tyre hitting the wing but a bit more room (not under weight though)
My plan, which I need advice on please, is:
With a suitably sized grinder, cut away just enough of the wing to allow free movement of the wheels under load
Q: Should I aim to replicate the folded edge and trim that, won't I crack the paint by bending it or would a straight edge be ok?
I don't think the replacement arches need the lip for mounting and the rivnuts are where they need to be, clean and solid
Clean, sand and treat the bare metal edge
Q: what should I use to treat the bare metal, how long should I leave it to "set"?
Then while masked up, give the new edge a couple coats of matched BRG from a rattle can - I'm no good at this but I think it needs a coat or two and it will be hidden by the replacement arches anyway. Objective here is to keep it sealed and rust free rather than pretty
With the same BRG rattle can, give the new fibreglass arches once sanded and holes drilled for the rivnut bolts a few coats
Q: for a quality job I guess I need to do this under cover e.g. shed and dust free and ONLY apply a coat or two and allow to dry for a few hours before applying another couple - is this about right?
New arches attached using the existing rivnuts which are all in good condition; whilst a similar size to the originals are actually shallower i.e. designed for wider wheels so they won't need chopping about
My other plan of course is to explain to him the error of his ways and send him packing to a local body-shop and have him pay to get it done professionally.
Advice welcomed before I take possession of @Ian Tolfree (tolf) - North London AO's grinder!!