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steve bendo
springfield, USA   usa

was wondering where folks have sourced these and how difficult they are to install. also , with the added clearance, what type of offset on the wheels are used to fill the space nicely? the B i have purchased is a good candidate for this look.

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David Townsend
Rutland, Vermont, USA   usa
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Dave Craddock @ Preform would be my one and only choice for Sebring wings and body kits. I had a set of the flares commonly sold through the MG aftermarket and will tell you there is simply no comparison to the Preform product. Dave's parts fit correctly (something I can't say for the other kit), look great, and are well made as well as competitively priced. Not much more I can add.

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Surrey, BC, Canada   can

I used the flare kit available from the MGOC in the UK. The grey car in my profile has them installed.

I don't have the expertise required to make these work but my body man does. It was a major project to get them to fit properly and look right.

They've been on the car for about 8 years now and holding up well.

I've mentioned before on here that I'd suggest anyone contemplating this conversion not to use the complete front fender. Remove the flare and attach that to your steel fender. The rears are better as all you get are quarter panels.

It's a big project but worth it in the end.



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Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB "The Biscuit"

We sell the guys with Sebring and similar flares the 15x7 0 offset wheels we have them in all the VTO styles, Classic 8, Retro $ and Lemans, we also got some 16" we can use on the MGB with flares fenders as well in Classic 8 silver. The 0 offset work real well, be cause it move the wheel outboard 2" when compared to the popular stock fender MGB application, 15x6 +24mm, The 15x7 O offset works perfect with the flares car, you get extra width and less back spacing to space out to the flares,and you can get some pretty sporty rubber with the size wheel. Alot of the 15x7 on the market will have alot of positieve offset with FWD cars in minds, these wheels wheels were designed for RWD applications.



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David Townsend
Rutland, Vermont, USA   usa
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In reply to # 2070050 by Simon Austin I don't have the expertise required to make these work but my body man does. It was a major project to get them to fit properly and look right.

With respect to Simon, I had the same MGOC body kit and I agree with his assessment of the fit. Instead of taking the body shop route, I sold the MGOC kit and went with Dave Craddock's parts (as stated previously). Both the fronts and rears fit properly. In fact. The fronts bolted right up and, other than some expected cosmetic bodywork, nothing further was required. If these were going on a race car, there were good enough out of the box that I don't think I would even bothered with fixing a few of the minor blems.

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steve bendo
springfield, USA   usa

this is what i had in mind...



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Kelvin Dodd
So. Calif., USA   usa
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Steve.

For that amount of flare, either go with cut off Dodge Omni sheet metal welded to the original steel fenders or check out the Huffaker fender flares which bond to the original panels.

The Sebring kits and Preform kits are a lot more aggressive.


You would be looking at around a 215 series tire to fill the fender as shown in the image above. A 15 x 7 wheel with about 15mm offset would work well.
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Surrey, BC, Canada   can

I agree with Kelvin. Those aren't Sebring flares. Not big enough. They look good.

This is my car with the Sebring flares.



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Hap Waldrop
Greenville, SC, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB "The Biscuit"

David, when can see more of your car in pics, like a closer look at your splitter front air dam, it looks preety darn cool, and well executed.



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Kelvin Dodd
So. Calif., USA   usa
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Nice Simon.

I don't think I've seen your car before.

I'm stuck with the Honeybourne Sebring flares, because I want the same character line on the rear fenders that your images show really well.

Kelvin.
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Geoff Morton
Naples, Florida, USA   usa
1978 MG MGB V8 Conversion "The Wreck"

In reply to a post by Steve this is what I had in mind...

I think the Huffaker style flares are very good looking on a roadster. I'd like to see how they look on a GT too.
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David Townsend
Rutland, Vermont, USA   usa
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In reply to # 2070364 by Speedracer David, when can see more of your car in pics, like a closer look at your splitter front air dam, it looks preety darn cool, and well executed.

Here you go. The valance started off as a typical Sebring style valance which I sectioned and 9" in the middle (so it would match the width of the preform wings), then filled in all of the stock openings, re-glassed everything, then cut new openings as close as I could get to what the original LeMans cars had. The "horns" for the brake openings were bent from flat stock then riveted on (similar to the originals). The ducts on this car feed cooling for the front brakes. The oil cooler frame was another part I noticed in shots of the early race cars and is also riveted on as per original.

The splitter profile is about the same as the curve of the front end and does not extend any farther than the front of the bonnet. It's attached to a set of brackets that bolt to the frame rails. Once I put the quick release pins in the front adjusters, it will be about a 5-minute affair to remove it if I ever want to trailer the car. The splitter tin work was made from flat stock and pounded out on a shot bag and a bench vise. The tin work does a very nice job of stiffening up the corners.

I also included a shot of the car from a few months ago before it was all in primer.



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Mike Wickham
Canmore, AB, Canada   can

Steve,
Let me know what you find out on these minor flares. I really like the look...where did the picture come from?

Cheers,

Mike
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Geoff Morton
Naples, Florida, USA   usa
1978 MG MGB V8 Conversion "The Wreck"
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Surrey, BC, Canada   can

Thanks Kelvin. I don't post many photos of it so doesn't get a lot of exposure.

I like the look of the body line through the rear flare as well. Gives it a finished look.



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Keith Walker
Portland, USA   usa

So are there any companies out there that make flares in steel or aluminum?
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Ben E
San Diego, CA, USA   usa

In reply to # 2086450 by keithwwalker So are there any companies out there that make flares in steel or aluminum?

There's a discussion on the CGT on BaT right now, and a guy thinks that MG Motorsport can supply the flares themselves in steel....I find this ver hard to believe, but I'd love to be proven wrong.
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Surrey, BC, Canada   can

I don't know of any companies making the flares in metal. I can't imagine there'd be enough demand to warrant the expense and time of making them. They'd literally be hand-made and expensive.

Sure would be nice though.



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Geoff Morton
Naples, Florida, USA   usa
1978 MG MGB V8 Conversion "The Wreck"

To the best of my knowledge the only metal flares that are affordable (but getting harder to find) are the Dodge Omni and MK1 VW Rabbits.
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Ben E
San Diego, CA, USA   usa

In reply to # 2086585 by Simon Austin I can't imagine there'd be enough demand to warrant the expense and time of making them.

Totally agree....you could always pay a guy to do them in steel...gulp.

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