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Old 07-25-2003, 11:22 AM
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Attaching steel wheel tubs

First question for me here,
I bought a set of tubs from S&W. Their instructions for the steel tubs say to bend flanges down and attach them to the 1/4 panel.
Other discussions and directions I have seen state to leave about a 1/8 inch gap at the 1/4 and seal with a silicone sealer.
The idea seems to be that the welds on the 1/4 will eventually pop through the paint due to flexing.
Are there any thoughts or experiences with this?
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Old 07-26-2003, 05:53 AM
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On a race car that gets a lot of shaking when you launch that may be, but on street cars I weld them and then seal around them.
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That's logical

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Old 07-29-2003, 02:55 PM
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On my car, I used a silicone sealer that was paintable. My car is a very radical street car that will see some strip use. I went with the silicone mainly because I didn't want to deal with warpage and it looks cleaner. I used a clear paintable sealer just incase I wanted to paint it some day. You can't even tell it's there!
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Does anyone else have an opinion on this topic?? I have just put mini tubs in a unibody car and am unsure if i should tack them to the outer quater or just seal them with sealer.
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Old 08-07-2003, 05:12 AM
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I am unsure how your car is put together, but there is usually an inner fender well. I would devise a way to attatch it to the existing inner fender where the old fender well attatched. This is how I did my truck. I bent tabs up on the inner bed and spot welded the tubs to the tabs. Worked well, but it was one of the hardest part of the entire buildup. Total pain in the but to install large tubs.

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Basically, i chopped my old tubs out to the chassis rails and made up a new set. They are about 31inches in diameter, so they come right up to the parcel shelf. I have fully welded them to the chassis rail round the floor and to the parcel shelf. There is a slight section of inner quater at the front of the tub which i have also welded them to, but as for the outer quater panel i don't know what to do.

I don't want to weld them and then have them ruin my paint as i know unibodies have a tendancy to flex a great deal.
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