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Basically I used a heat gun to warm the plastic at the back corner where my tyres catch and then used the wooden handle of a rubber mallet to stretch the heated plastic, held it for a minute or so until it cooled down enough to hold the new shape. Where it wasn't successful was it didn't hold the new shape as well when I moved to a different part and so added heat again - the bit I'd just stretched shrunk back slightly. My plan going forward is as you say, split the arch and add a new piece by plastic stapling and welding. That should work better in the long run although I couldn't hear it catching on my test drive.

The other part was the top most section where it joins the arch lip. It has a slightly bulbous shape which means my tyres would push against it when I was fully aired out and as it turns out, were preventing it going lower. Having cut off the section (see below. The one on the top looks bad because I had been heating it and bending it but I realised it wasn't working so cut it off) I now need to come up with a solution but that is going to be tricky. I know quite a few low caddy's have done this or removed the liners, but I'd like to keep them as much as possible.

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I've had my arches rolled on a MKIV R32 using the method you describe. Done carefully you can gain quite a bit of clearance.
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Have you looked at the part numbers on your arch liners? There are a wider type for vehicles supplied with 16" wheels, I'm wondering if they'd be any better if that's not what you've got already.
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Mine should have been the wider ones already as it had 16” wheels but I’ll double check anyway.
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I have the wider ones and with airride under the van the innerarches are already partly eaten away by the tires, will get them out and 2 3 layers of body shoot in the arches like I did before when I drove with 10J rears under my facelift van. have the wider rear axle and the wider inner arches.

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dan@biali wrote:Have you only read the first couple of pages?! KW kit is long gone and the BBS wheels are now my winter or servicing set. Have a look at the last couple of pages to see what it looks like now!
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Amazing build Dan

loved reading the 110 pages .
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This is something else. Completely next level.
Amazing work! At least this gives me something to aim for!
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Stunning van and good read
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What a transformation that caddy looks stunning


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@dan@biali Do you remember what color/code the alcantara you've used is please?
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No sorry I don’t. I think it’s called anthracite but I’ll see if it’s listed on my invoice.
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No worries, thanks :)
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Checked my invoice, its just described as charcoal alcantara. I know its the really expensive version so will be the best quality brand but no idea who that would be.
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Nice one, ordered a 'Alcantara Charcoal 6422' sample from AS-trim, hopefully it's genuine stuff
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excellent build makes me wish i had moor time and funds to be able to do some of these mods keep up the great work
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