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Old 07-31-2013, 10:23 AM   #1
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Fender Liner ON vs OFF?

Hey follks...so working on my track only build and one of my front fender liners is cracked away. I am thinking of completely removing and not replacing but I wanted to make sure there is no adverse effects of doing so. I heard the ball joints can be impacted by this but have found nothing to back it up. Has anyone else here run their track cars with no fender liners and have you found anything to be concerned about? Cheers!
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Old 07-31-2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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On a track car you'll be fine, fender liners are mostly there to keep dirt and grime out of certain parts of the car and suspension components.

As long as removing the liners don't also have brake ducts integrated into them, then they should be fine to remove for a track car that doesn't see snow or dirt roads.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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Yeah, i've run my track car for several years with no liners and never had any problems.

However, it does actually help a bit with aero. We probably don't notice the effects, but if you ever get into serious competition where every little bit may help, you may want to consider putting them (or something else) back in.

I've also never run/needed brake ducts. that being said I just put a splitter on and noticed that due to the lack of airflow underneath, the brakes seem to be affected more. I'll look at adding ducts for next season.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:59 AM   #4
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Thanks for the comments...I was considering the aero issue for later down the road if I go a more serious race class route, but I think for now that is not even in scope. Easy to get carried away tho...; )
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yeah, don't overthink it for now - keep it simple!

Good luck with your build!
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Depending on where it is cracked, you can do what I did on my track car. I cut them along the very top and just installed the rear section. You keep some of the clean "aero" and you don't get marbles inside the fender.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
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I was thinking of cutting off the front most section and leaving the rest if I can secure it well enough. This way as you indicated, I will keep some aero and maintain some debris protection.
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