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#1 2019-04-01 13:07:15

Saabruins
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Registered: 2015-10-12
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Rusty Rear Wheel Wells

Hi Everyone,

Does anyone have any advice or a potential solution to rusting wheel wells?

They make my 2005 Saaburu 9.2x Linear look like a tired old dog, when it should look like a dignified old dog...

My first thought is to carve off the rust and weld on wheel wells from another vehicle...

Interested in thoughts / options / opinions...

92x

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#2 2019-04-01 13:11:54

krazykarguy
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Re: Rusty Rear Wheel Wells

As soon as you start cutting out where the rust can be seen, you will find twice as much lurks under the paint and metal.

If your fenders are rusty, your strut towers are too. That's a much more involved problem and potentially an issue that will total the car.

However, the proper solution is as you proposed - cut out the cancer and weld in new good metal.


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#3 2019-04-01 14:13:14

snowphun
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From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
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Re: Rusty Rear Wheel Wells

I've seen wagons with awful wheel arches and solid strut towers and more with nasty strut towers but good arches, all depends. But definitely don't spend any time fixing superficial wheel arch problems until you've removed the interior and inspected the strut towers.

Wheel arch repair parts: https://www.subiesavers.com/home

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#4 2019-04-01 15:21:50

deliverator
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From: Centennial, CO
Registered: 2006-04-26
User Number: 1114
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Re: Rusty Rear Wheel Wells

snowphun wrote:

I've seen wagons with awful wheel arches and solid strut towers and more with nasty strut towers but good arches, all depends. But definitely don't spend any time fixing superficial wheel arch problems until you've removed the interior and inspected the strut towers.

Wheel arch repair parts: https://www.subiesavers.com/home

Truth ^

I have some light bubbling starting on my drivers side rear wheel arch and my strut towers are perfect.

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#5 2019-04-02 10:43:59

jixaw
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From: Cambridge, MA
Registered: 2016-02-22
User Number: 35856
Posts: 180

Re: Rusty Rear Wheel Wells

take a look at the shock towers...if your car spent any time in the northern part of the americas you probably have rusty shock towers.....i would look at those 1st


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