The HARD Motorsport E36 coupe Rivet-on Fender Flares are a ready-to-go option, which will allow you to run the wider rubber you want for track days or autocross sessions. We used factory BMW E46 330 fenders to create the shape and profile of our flares to maintain that distinctive factory look. The HARD Motorsport Fender Flares are specially designed to allow you to keep your factory BMW moldings intact and to retain the classic, factory look of your car.
FRONT: Aprox 25mm wider. A slightly wider front corner trim extension to allow for the repositioning of the nose panel trim under the turn single for added tire clearance.
REARS: Aprox 30mm wider
(flares taper around the wheel arch, so "width" is not the same around the entire arch. Widest point may not be the "top" of the wheel arch.
Manufactured from thermoformed ABS plastic, so they won't break like fiberglass versions. The HARD Motorsport's Fender Flares can be prepped and painted to match, so you have options.
Replacement sets can be purchased in front or rear pairs only if you happen to have a mishap on or off the track. We won't tell. Contact [email protected] to arrange purchase of a single piece!
Finish: Parts provided are UNFINISHED. Some scratching or marring of the surface is to be expected and not unusual. Manufactured from thermoformed ABS plastic, so they won't easily break like fiberglass versions. The HARD Motorsport's Fender Flares can be prepped and painted to match, so you have options.
Some surface irregularities occur due to the composition of the raw materials which can vary. These can be easily sanded out during the prep and finish process. A finish is highly recommended to protect the raw ABS from UV exposure.
Parts provided are UNFINISHED. Some scratching or marring of the surface is to be expected and not unusual.
The ABS thermoformed parts are easily modified for fitment and customization. Although these were made specifically for this chassis, some trimming and adjustment to the parts is needed for the final fitment for desired results
Our Fender Flare kit includes:
- 4 unpainted, fender flares
- 1 package of black rivets for easy installation and a clean appearance
- Trimming of the side molding recess is required. These are left on during shipping to maintain shape and prevent damage.
- Trimming of "lip" along the flare edge may be necessary for some wheel/tire fitment.
WHEEL/TIRE: We recommend to start fitting with a 255-275 size tire for 18" wheels.
Note: 275/35/18 Hoosier R6s on 18x9.5 ET35 Apex Arc-8 wheels are shown in the images.
Installation is fairly straightforward, but no 2 installs are the same. Here is a overlook at the process to get you started.
These are functional fender flares, so cutting of the factory fenders is necessary to run larger, wider wheels and tires.
Using the flare as a reference, mark the top edge of the flare above the wheel where you will need to cut for clearance. Measure in .75” and draw your cut line. You will only need to cut the oem fenders where tire contact will occur over the tire. No need to trim the front or back of the wheel arch. This only creates problems.
Modification to the inner fender and fender liner is up to you. We recommend sealing of the rear inner fenders to seal the trunk/cabin from the exterior wheel well.
Trimming and adjustment as you work may be necessary to get the final fitment that you require. We leave a bit "extra" around the inside of the arch to help the flare keep it's shape. This can be trimmed off for added clearance. For coupes with side molding, you will need to remove enough of the flare to fit around the molding. These are designed to fit with the M-tech moldings. Non-M moldings may look odd, but you can upgrade to the M style moldings! Work from the back side of the arch with a rotory sanding disc to remove the molding recess formed into the flare testing fitment as you go.
Take your time with fitment and attachment. Leaving the flares in the warm sun prior to install will help the ABS relax to better fit the wheel arch. We provide 3/16” black rivets, but you may opt to use threaded hardware of your choice. Do not just drill both the flare and the fender as you go. Predrill the flare in the locations that you desire, then transfer these drill points to the fender ONLY when you have the flare positioned properly. You can “open or close” the flare slightly to acheive better fitment. * Remember to oversize the bit when you drill the flare for hardware. This will allow for expansion and contraction of the plastic with temp changes.
In the rear, you may want to loosen the attachment of the rear bumper near the wheel arch, then pull it out before re-tightening to match the bumper to the new, wider flare width. No extra parts or hardware are needed and this can be done with just manipulation of the factory parts.
**We have run this wheel/tire combo as listed above on our house-car with proven results. With quite a lot of massaging and suspension adjustments, we were able to run up to 285/30/18 rubber on 18x10 et25 wheels on both the front and rear on our E36 for track days or autocross sessions. Camber/Caster plate range and adjustability, shorter springs, no helper springs, ride height, modifications to body/chassis as needed for tire clearance, steering limiter, etc. You will need to take all of this into consideration if attempting to run as wide of a tire as possible. We cannot confirm fitment of other wheel/tire combinations that we have not tested. Fine tuning and suspension adjustment may be necessary. It is nearly impossible to determine compatibility with the endless variety of suspension, wheel, and tire combinations that are possible. We'll give you the extra room, the rest is up to you!
HARD Motorsport Fender Flares are made in the U.S.A.!!!
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This helped transform my e36 dramatically for track usage. Put me in a bracket of easy to find tires. The wider front tire helped the car rotate so much better in the slower corners. Buy buy buy!
Awesome Product from an awesome company! I'm using the flares with 35mm extended control arms & +20 offset wheels. The fit is great and I can't wait to get to the track with the new setup.
These do not provide proper clearance in the front to move from a 245-640-18 with factory rolled fenders to a 265-640-18 - Rears work fine but the front does not - Much work has been done to modify by a professional race body shop - I would not recommend these with a 265-640-18 slick on the front -
Really transformed the car going from 245 to 285s. It’s an honest no brainer!
I had these installed by a body shop that specializes in body kits. A discussion with the tech after the installation exposed the following issues:
1) Flares had to be cut to fit properly around the moulding in front of the flare
2) the upper edge on the arch is apparently very sharp, razor sharp I believe was the term he used.
3) the upper area of the flare, in addition to being sharp, seemed to refused to take the paint (I had them painted to match the body color)
4) He installed some black plastic beading along the the edge to cover the razor edge and prevent any further injury from it.
5) Finally, one rivet is an area that actually holds nothing. So, one rivet is "decorative", but the remaining ones should be more than sufficient to hold the flare on.
When it was all done they looked good, but it did take some effort from a highly skilled body guy to get them on well.
Took me a while to pull the trigger on flares as I couldn't decide which I wanted, but I'm more than happy that I went with these over the others. Perfect fitment, good price, and not to mention look awesome. I easily fit my 285's on a 18x9.5 +22 with a 10 mm spacer. Will likely run a 295 tire on my 18x10 +20 wheels. Overall very happy.
Great flares. Very easy fitment and Even easier to trim to get them exactly how you want them. Couldn't be more happier with the flares. If you have any questions regarding installation or need that little push to purchase the flares, I would recommend checking out http://tinyurl.com/hbang86. There is a link for installation on the second page I believe. Overall awesome product as always from Hard Motorsport!
I ordered my V2 flares in a rush, and needed them in my hands in 4 days. I'd finally decided I wanted them, and it was more than easy to order. Jake made my life easy by accommodating the special shipping instructions I gave him!
For the product itself, these flares are top notch. The flares were very well packaged, but my stickers were damaged when I opened the box. I'm not worried about it though, they were free with the flares and I wasn't even expecting them.
Great quality product. They fit pretty close to perfect, and even though I chose to use Rivnuts instead of the supplied rivets, there are still supplied rivets which is nice of them to include for other customers.
*Note to people thinking of buying these flares: Just buy the V2s. Yeah, they're a little more money, but in my opinion, they look way better, and give the perfect amount of room for a wider wheel setup. If these are 20mm wider than the V1s, I don't imagine the V1s being enough to cover most setups. I could be wrong but that's just how I feel.
Love my flares and it was great dealing with Hard Motorsport. Looking forward to future business with them!