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Old October 4th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Coupe and sedan fender swapping

I had a thought earlier. Yes, its a scary thing and caused Scotland's national animal to be sacrificed. Sorry.

The coupes are capable of squeezing in some pretty wide wheels and tires with minimal work. JT's old coupe is a good example for those that remember. I think he had 265's all around at one point, iirc. Anyway, I'm curious if there are any differences in the coupe front fenders as far as overall space underneath compared to the sedan's. I looked up part numbers and they're slightly different but haven't had any luck with seeing if anyone had done it. Is this idea ridiculous or is there some merit to it?
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I had a thought earlier. Yes, its a scary thing and caused Scotland's national animal to be sacrificed. Sorry.

The coupes are capable of squeezing in some pretty wide wheels and tires with minimal work. JT's old coupe is a good example for those that remember. I think he had 265's all around at one point, iirc. Anyway, I'm curious if there are any differences in the coupe front fenders as far as overall space underneath compared to the sedan's. I looked up part numbers and they're slightly different but haven't had any luck with seeing if anyone had done it. Is this idea ridiculous or is there some merit to it?
The coupe has a longer hood and fenders while the bumper is shorter comparing to the sedan. Whether or not they are actually longer I cannot say. Imo, you're better off cutting slits in the fender and modding them to be a little wider.

Just asking, what is the reason for wanting wider fenders?
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Old October 4th, 2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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sedan and coupe fenders are for sure not the same. with the coupe being wider, i'm not really sure. but i am starting to think that sedan and coupe wheel fitment being different is just a myth.
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but i am starting to think that sedan and coupe wheel fitment being different is just a myth.
As one who has owned both, I have to disagree with this. 18x8 +30 up front that cleared on the coupe would rub on the sedan. Don't get me wrong, I've seen wheels on the sedan that 2 or 3 years ago would never be considered "do-able" it's just a matter of how much work one is willing to put into fitting an aggressive setup.
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Old October 4th, 2013, 10:00 PM   #5
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18x8 +30 not fitting a sedan?? I wouldn't consider that anywhere close to aggressive. Although I do believe that there is a Fitment difference (hardly any though) I dont see any reason why a 18x8's with even a proper fitting tire (215/40) for that rim would not fit without the use of camber kits on a very minor drop.
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we're both your sedan and coupe on same suspension? alignment and camber specs? just want to confirm how much of a difference there really is front and back.
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might want to list model, motors, and transmissions of the 2 also

My EX 4cly 5 speed coupe curb weigh is around 2900

I believe the V6 auto sedans are closer to around 3400-3500

There are some major weight differences between all the options on these cars
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F it! Just fab it into a wide body and be done with it.
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Old October 5th, 2013, 06:46 AM   #9
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The coupe has a longer hood and fenders while the bumper is shorter comparing to the sedan. Whether or not they are actually longer I cannot say. Imo, you're better off cutting slits in the fender and modding them to be a little wider.

Just asking, what is the reason for wanting wider fenders?
I know the hood is longer I just wasn't sure about the fenders. I know some guys have swapped coupe parts onto the sedan I just don't know how deep they went down that rabbit hole.
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F it! Just fab it into a wide body and be done with it.
Sure! You pay for it right?
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Heres a good comparison

coupe site bellow the main reflector on the inspires


and sedan fenders sit a bit above it


Keep in mind I am judging off pictures so there is a possibility I am wrong but do keep in mind the coupe fenders would have to be longer to match up to the longer coupe hood, also keep in mind people have documented that sedan bumpers are a different length then the coupes more so in the fender area.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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In a couple weeks, I'm heading over to a buddy's house for some beers. He's got a coupe so I'm going to take measurements off that. The pictures you posted do show a difference but it's negligible at best. I'll post my results from the measuring once I get them.
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The sedan can fit 265's with ease
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Old October 7th, 2013, 01:03 PM   #13
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No it doesn't Mike. GTFO! lol
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