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    Default Fender Flares - Metal, Fiberglass or Carbon?

    My son and I are trying to find fender flares for our 240z. We found the following:

    1. Metal ones at Black Dragon
    2. Fiberglass at Motosport Autos
    3. Carbon Fiber (ZG)

    Don't really like the look of the screws on the ZG. We want to be able to put wider tires on it to run it on the local tracks. Do the MSA flares last? Do they crack over time? Is it common for them to plain break? We would like to do this once. Hopefully this isn't a duplicate thread. We searched for hours. Thanks for the help.
    Z-less for now...

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    I believe MSA no longer sells any flares other than the ZGs, and maybe not even those. The metal flares are a modified VW Beetle flare, and they don't add much clearance for wider tires. I think the ZGs actually add more room for tires than the metal ones.

    I really liked the MSA "street flares" and would like to figure out where those molds went...
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    ZG flares were riveted on.
    www.nostalgictrio.com Skyline - Silvia - Fairlady Z
    www.ozdat.com The Australian Datsun site.
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    I used ZG's, they gave me heaps of room for wheel clearance. I know you don't like the look of screws maybe allen key bolts!?

    Pic below shows how much the wheel stck out prior to addition of the ZG's



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    The car looks awesome! The shape and size of the ZG flares are perfect. I'd just like to achieve a uni-tone look. Maybe fiberglass is the only way to get that. So the question comes down to function vs. aesthetics.
    Z-less for now...

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    Man I just love toecutter's car.
    I didn't know that MSA doesn't sell flares anymore, I guess I should make a mold of what I have.
    Here is a company that bought Arizona Z cars' molds.

    http://www.zfiberglass.com/id10.html

    They have a set similar to the MSA street flares and are closer to what the old CP cars had. Their shape is like what member Tom Holt has on his auto-x car.

    Another possible source is what Steve in Fresno uses on his car. This is old information but maybe still good. "Ian and I are running MAS Racing Products flares. They're in St. Paul MN
    651-644-6811. They are fiberglass - very thin - we're using rear flares in both the front and back. The front flares they sell will not work with a 10 inch rim."
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    Quote Originally Posted by whyrualive
    The car looks awesome! The shape and size of the ZG flares are perfect. I'd just like to achieve a uni-tone look. Maybe fiberglass is the only way to get that. So the question comes down to function vs. aesthetics.
    No reason the ZG flares can't be painted to match...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Parmley
    Another possible source is what Steve in Fresno uses on his car. This is old information but maybe still good. "Ian and I are running MAS Racing Products flares. They're in St. Paul MN
    651-644-6811. They are fiberglass - very thin - we're using rear flares in both the front and back. The front flares they sell will not work with a 10 inch rim."
    I do believe this is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. I was even worried about the front flare width. Thanks Steve!!!
    Jon

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    Those are the Formula Atlantic bias ply 11.5 Hoosiers rears all the way around on 10 inch wheels that the Fresno guys are using.
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    I amazed at the wealth of information that you guys are! Thanks for all the responses. My son and I are excited about getting going on the body.

    Thanks
    Z-less for now...

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    What size tire and rims are you planning on using?

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    Well if you are looking for more radical kits try www.ztrix.com. They have a GTO style convertible as well as racing fenders that are quite wide. Take a look at the Subtle Z kit. It preserves much of the Z's lines but allows wider wheels.

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    Default check this place out .

    www.zspecialties.com
    they have some great options

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    I'm not sure what tire size I need, but we would like pretty wide wheels (10") Right now, without the turbo on the car, it peels out in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. So I'd like something that is wider and stickier.
    Z-less for now...

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