Installing Fiberwerx Fiberglass Fenders And Bulging Out Rear Fenders At LGE*CTS Motorsports

    Deanna ScanlonPhotographer, Writer

    Physics determines that no two things can occupy the same place at the same time, and plain old off-road experience says that when two things hit together, one or both of those things may get wrecked.

    When adding mid or long travel suspension to a truck, the wheel must have somewhere to go, but usually the stock fenders and/or wheel wells are in the way. The fact that companies such as Fiberwerx makes fiberglass fenders and bedsides that can be installed to give that room makes the job fairly easy. If you know what you’re doing, that is.

    Then you have to paint them. Really. You do. We know that some guys like running white fenders, but unless you’re putting them on a white truck, for the love of the rest of us, paint them. It’s not that hard. A little sanding, a little paint, and the result is one that looks like they actually belong on the truck. And the rest of us aren’t doofs by association.

    This Ford F150 is slated to get a mid-travel suspension install soon. That meant much more wheel travel, but it also meant is needed fiberglass fenders and bedsides. It was determined that this should happen before the suspension install as the inner front fender wells had to go no matter what, and that the wheels had to cycle through their full travel during the installed to make sure everything is good and nothing hits anything. Remember that physics thing? So, the stock fenders had to go.

    We went to LGE*CTS in San Dimas CA. where owner and top fabricator Louie Moroson has installed hundreds of fiberglass parts, and has build dozens of SEMA cars and trucks. The walls of his place are lined with magazine story plagues, some of which date back to the Off-Road only days. His guys can do the whole thing: install, paint, everything to give your truck’s tires room to breath, and they were going to give that space to the Ford.

    Swapping out the stock front fenders for fiberglass units is non-negotiable, but say you really don’t want to add bedsides. You’re not driving a race truck and don’t plan to slam through a long straight filled with whoops, but want to give the rear tires some room and to have them covered when going off-road. What are your options?

    We’ll show you, but first is the install of the Fiberwerx fiberglass fenders and valance. Like a lot of things, this is a job that takes more than just drilling some holes and bolting them on. Moroson knows the little tricks and had the finders fitting fine and ready for paint. He then set his sights on the rear fenders. He said that he first bulged out the rear fenders on SEMA truck years ago, and with a wink said that he thought he remembered how.

    So, follow along and see this Ford get suspension ready, and a little style at the same time.