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Chinese Extended Wheel Arches

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09 May 2020 11:18 #222046 by Rabid Rhino
Until last year all there was on eBay were these "bubble" arches, which I wasn't too keen on



Then along can the "slash cut" arches that I thought were brilliant as they seemed to genuinely allow for bigger tyres...



Then I saw them on a car with aftermarket Chinese bumpers like on my Jimny...

OK on the front...



Gopping on the rear. Designed for narrower Japanese vehicles,



There's a huge gap between the top front courner of the rear bumper and the back courner of the rear arch an there's the difference wth the door panel.

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09 May 2020 11:29 #222047 by Rabid Rhino
So...

Is anyone still selling the cheap Chinese ones or am I going to have to buy genuine brand ones ?


Like these from Alaplast



Or these Cut Snake ones



They do seem to fit the after market bumpers better
&
Look almost stock painted


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09 May 2020 11:36 #222048 by jackonlyjack
Yes these arches where for the jb23
Could be made to fit nice if you chopped your rear bumper
Then re fabricate the corners to suit,then remove the trim off your doors

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09 May 2020 12:14 #222050 by Keithy
I just sold a pair of corners to tidy the rear of one with the chinese arches on......don't burst the bubble wrap....chinese air!

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09 May 2020 13:10 - 09 May 2020 13:12 #222052 by Rabid Rhino
Guys, sorry I should have said that I already have Chinese front & rear metal bumpers.
Front one is quite thin BUT the rear !!!!! It's made of repurposed Irn Bru Scottish Girders. I ain't cutting that again plus it cost me a fortune so not willing to hack it about any more than I already did just to make it fit.



Not quite there on the front at the time but much better now.






But I'm looking for this kind of flush fit finish just a bid wider for bigger wheels & tyres.

Which is why I want the bubble style.

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Got one that seems to have been magnatized and driven through the "Big Jimny Bits" parts stores too quickly so it missed a few items.
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09 May 2020 13:41 #222053 by Rabid Rhino
Cut Snake: £399 + UK postage.
Ala-Plast: €221 + postage from Poland. About £200 total so half of Cut Snake but sill a bit rich for my Suzuki purist (cheapskate) pocket...

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09 May 2020 16:22 #222060 by Riccy
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I had the alaplast ones on my last Jimny. They were a pain to fit and took a lot of cutting and fiddling to get to a point I was happy with. They needed further trimming to accommodate the progressively larger tyres I fitted to the car when I had it.

The pic is with 235/75r15 tyres on...



I know the cut snake ones are expensive, but they do look a much better product.

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10 May 2020 02:09 #222083 by Rabid Rhino
Riccy, cheers for that.
The Ala-plast arches seem to have a smoother glossier finish that I think will look better painted or in my case, hopefully wrapped.
The Cut Snake looks like it has a much rougher texture.

What were yours made of ?
How were they fitted to the car ? Did you have to drill holes into the wings ?
Did you use the riubber edging strips they offer ?
How much wider were they ?

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10 May 2020 07:15 #222087 by Riccy
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The alaplast ones I had were 'pinseal' texture 2mm ABS plastic. Im pretty sure they would have been made with a vac forming machine like Keithy's. They were pretty tough. A incident with a tight lane put a few scratches on but didnt crack them.

They were not as smooth or as shiny as in their pics, but could be sanded and painted to get that smooth if you want. I dont know about wrapping, that wouldnt have lasted long for me :laugh: I suspect the cutsnake ones are also ABS vac formed (most economical way to produce this sort of thing). At their price you might be able to request a different finish on the plastic, or even a different colour plastic.

The alaplast ones were fitted by using rubber 'top-hat' fittings (similar to rivnuts, but a bit flexible to stop rattles). These require drilling new holes into the bodywork. I had to buy some extra plastic from ebay to increase the width of them at the lower points, directly above the wheel they are about 100mm, so will replace the old flares adding about 50mm (but only directly above). The extra plastic was to try and cut down the mud up the sides of the car.

I did also use the rubber trim they offer (that works well for a neat edge to the bodywork).

On the current car I have some of Keithy's arches at the front and they are a much better fit. The steel bumper I have is similar to yours so they might work well for you. The rear I have is a pickup, so totally different, but Keith's might suit you better there too?


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