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Old 05-20-2018, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default SL fender size for shipping

Does anybody have an unmounted fender they can measure? I am looking at buying a fender for the SL2 and need an accurate size for shipping. Funny how small size changes make for significant price changes!

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Default Re: SL fender size for shipping

Measure the length and max height of the one on the car and the thickness is the inner top flange to the widest point. Measure just in front of hood hinge. It will be dimensional weight. Not a lot of packing required though, 3-4 complete wraps of shrink wrap followed by one wrap of bubble wrap. Box will be about 10-12 high and the fender length and height.

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Old 05-21-2018, 08:12 AM   #3
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If you are having it shipped then it may be better to have it sent TRUCK FREIGHT rather than by UPS or FedEx. UPS and I suspect FedEx also can be picky when it comes to the size and weight of packages. They don;t like anything over 100lbs in 1 box for starters.

If it is being shipped to you by Freight, then it all depends on who the private shipper is.

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Old 05-21-2018, 08:36 AM   #4
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Saturn fender is way less than 100lb, it will be a box full of air. The box will weight more than the fender inside of the box.

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UPS & Freight used to charge by weight but for some while charge by weight & volume. So a light product that takes up a lot of space will still cost a chunk of change.

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Old 05-21-2018, 11:08 AM   #6
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It is called Dimensional Weight and all shippers use it, including the USPS.

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Default Re: SL fender size for shipping

Packaging a front fender requires a box size that is 53" by 25" by 10" and the weight in my case was 12.2 lbs using cardboard and light weight packing materials. I had to build a box to determine the minimum size. The total billable weight came up as 96 lbs according to UPS.com.

Cost to ship from Canada to middle USA is about $160 CAD for standard service but if you create a UPS account and apply member discount rates it'll be 20-25% lower. Domestic rates I would expect to be much better.

So there you have it; going this route is a judgement call on what the value is for the right part at the right time.

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Does anybody have an unmounted fender they can measure? I am looking at buying a fender for the SL2 and need an accurate size for shipping. Funny how small size changes make for significant price changes!
I recently purchased a rear SL fender off ebay. It arrived on my front porch, wrapped in bubble wrap, no box. Not sure which shipper the seller used, or how much it cost to ship. Price included shipping.

I also recently purchased a rear bumper cover, and it arrived by Greyhound, with nothing but a sticker on it. I had to pick it up at the bus station.

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