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    Hi guys,

    Having started moddifying my E36 a little now I have some spare time, I've come across quite a problem with the rear wheel arches.

    The N/S (Passenger) is a little corroded, and could be repaired with filler, however the O/S (Drivers) is highly corroded, and there is very little arch left, it was all being held on by the paint work.

    So I though that I would have a look at either replacing them myself or getting a body shop to do it instead.

    Problem is, if I'm going to do it myself which welding technique should I be looking to use? MIG, TIG or Spot, or Seam Welding? Choices choice..

    Alternatively, can anyone recommend a body shop in the Lincolnshire or West/South Yorkshire area?
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    Anyone have any advice? I have been quoted between £200 and £300 per arch, and thats with me supplying parts.

    Although I'm not sure if it also includes smoothing and paintwork in that price, was a little rushed whilst on the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steviec_lj View Post
    Anyone have any advice? I have been quoted between £200 and £300 per arch, and thats with me supplying parts.

    Although I'm not sure if it also includes smoothing and paintwork in that price, was a little rushed whilst on the phone.
    £300 per arch???what they using gold dust?
    Have a hunt around you should get that price down Especially as you're supplying the parts.I would hope that includes smoothing and painting too
     
     

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    I would suggest MIG or TIG would be the way to go, realistically MIG for DIY. You would need to seam weld the join whatever method you use.
    Repair sections for the rear arches start at around £35 and seem to be readily available. I don't think it is a job I personally would want to try myself as if you get it wrong (which is quite likely if you don't have experience!) it will look terrible.
    For £2-300 per side I would expect that to be filled painted and finished, but maybe I'm just tight!
    Let us know how you get on whatever you decide.
     
     

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