E39 Rear Fender Pulling
Prepared by VietSB
NOTE: Perform these steps at your own risk. All P/N's listed are a "best guess", so please double-check with your local dealer. These mods and repairs were performed on my US-spec 1997 540iA (11/96 prod date, M62 engine) but there is no guarantee they will work on other E39's. These instructions are provided for entertainment purposes only!
BACKGROUND: Fender rolling and M5 liners generally won't solve the last trouble spot for rubbing - the rear metal fender portion right where it joins up with the bumper, especially on the passenger-side. As a last resort, this is the answer. I would highly recommend having a qualified body shop do this work since they'll have the tools and expertise to prevent costly body or paint damage if the fender buckles or creases, etc.
- Hydraulic pushing tool
- Bracing material (wood)
1. Remove the wheel, clean the area to be pushed, properly brace the hydraulic tool, and proceed to push out the area a few times. There are a couple other minor tricks a body shop will possible have to prevent damage and make the procedure reshape the fender properly.
No rubbing at all now!
2. If you require fender rolling, click here for those DIY notes. If you require M5 liners, click here.
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