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Old 03-03-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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Bushwacker Flat Fender Installation help

This past weekend at the ranch I scratched up my stock fenders pretty bad...(pathetic excuse for purchasing the Bushwacker flats...)

I ordered the Bushwacker flats on Amazon last night for ~ $550. I'm in the Houston area and I spent this morning calling around for labor costs at installing these. I've gotten price ranges from $400 - $670...again, LABOR ONLY. So I laughed those offers off and am definitely doing this myself.

I'll happily pay for the tools needed to do the job, and I have a few questions for those that have done it themselves.

The tool used in the Project JK write-up, the Trim tab removal tool. Is it worth the $20 or so? Or will needle nose pliers suffice?

Will the retractable box cutters actually work on the splash guards? Seems like that plastic is pretty thick. Will a mini hacksaw work?

Or should I just spend the money that'll be saving by doing it myself and buy a Dremel? If I go with a Dremel, what type of blade/saw is used to cut plastic of that type?

Any other suggestions/tips?

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Old 03-03-2014, 09:53 AM   #2
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you dont need any special tools.
the tabs holding the liner in place are easy to cut with a carpet knife

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Old 03-03-2014, 11:27 AM   #3
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I just installed mine last weekend.. all i used was basic tools.. needle nose plyers i had a dremel.. you could pick one up at harbor freight for cheap.. or you could use a mini hacksaw will do just fine just take a little longer to cut.. the directions you get with them are rather faded. i went online and looked them up..

plan on spending a good day doing it.. i actually took my time and took the hole weekend..
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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Here here Jeep. Took me better half of 8 hours. Once the first one is done pretty easy from there on out. A drummel tool with a saw blade (couple of them...they get dull) works just fine cutting the pants. Just make sure you cut them longer than needed then cut them shorter as you go. If you cut them too short than you're screwed because that won't fit under the new fenders and you will see gaps.
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Old 03-03-2014, 12:19 PM   #5
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Used basic tools and a ginsu knife to trim fender wells. Good arm workout. Like said before dont trim to short. GL
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:13 PM   #6
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I used tin snips on the splash guards. Cut right through. To remove the retaining clips, I used a punch just smaller than the center pin and hit the pin with a sharp blow and the pin pops right out. Then just pull the clip out with your fingers.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:27 PM   #7
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X2 on tin snips. Also, I don't know where you are but I would not attempt this install in polar vortex conditions. It will be much easier in warm temps (or a heated garage) JMHO. I bought a trim tab removal tool/upholstery tool at advance for 12 bucks. I would recommend that too.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:00 PM   #8
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I'm in Houston...the weather will be back in the 70s in no time. I hate the damn cold and wouldn't mess with this project even if the colder temps didn't affect the curing of the adhesive.
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Old 03-03-2014, 11:01 PM   #9
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It's not a hard process to install them, just a tedious and time consuming one.
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Make sure you follow directions for wring the side markers! Most people ( me) wire black to black and white stripe to white stripe. No joy!
There should be a thread started about these flares. I've seen a lot of problems wiring the wrong way. You end up with worthless side markers.
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Make sure you follow directions for wring the side markers! Most people ( me) wire black to black and white stripe to white stripe. No joy!
There should be a thread started about these flares. I've seen a lot of problems wiring the wrong way. You end up with worthless side markers.
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I agree it must be a common mistake, and I'm not sure why the wiring should be seemingly backwards. However, it takes about 20 seconds to test the wiring first before proceeding to attach the flare, and the instructions do state to test the connection by turning on the side marker lights and switch connections if necessary.
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It's not a hard process to install them, just a tedious and time consuming one.
Exactly. After doing a set, I could probably do another install in about half the time, but it was slow going the first time.
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Old 03-04-2014, 02:48 PM   #13
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Mine took a little longer than expected as well.....who am I kidding, A LOT LONGER, and the side markers don't work either. Once I figured that it's easier to put the flare on and then the liner, it went smoother. Didn't even bother with the rear liner. Besides, I think it looks better without it in the rear anyway.
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It's not a hard process to install them, just a tedious and time consuming one.
This! I also used tin snips, it's also easier cutting a few mm wider than you think you need and sanding it will a large grit sandpaper if it doesn't fit right.

I think my install took about 8 hours, but we took a break after installing the inside part and finished the next day. The front flares are much more frustrating than the rears, so if you have more patience, start with the front so you don't get stuck doing them when you are tired and ready to try to cut corners to finish.

Picking up a long hemostat helps to get inside the flares to install the marker light. Steve's Tools has them here, you might want to check locally to find some. Don't pay for medical grade, they should be about $5.
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The BW flats were a PITA...4hrs my ass...took 8 hrs and lots of quarters thrown into into the swear jar! Yes the wiring is reversed..white on black!
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Yeah, it took me 8 hours spread over 2 days. I still think I could do it in 4 hours now that I know what I'm doing, especially cutting the inner liners. I was so cautious to not overcut them, I wasted a ton of time cutting, then shaving some more off, then testing it and shaving some more. By the time I got to the last one, I just sliced through it with a sawzall in a few seconds.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:51 AM   #17
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Haha this should be fun
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I hope you have someone to help you. Really helps to have 4 hands. I'll throw my number out there, 512-755-3166 feel free to call me or PM one of us that posted on this. It will really help to get a verbal rundown on "how to".
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Appreciate it, I may give you a call before I start tearing stuff up out of frustration.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:39 AM   #20
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Well the weekend is over, How did the install go? A piece a cake right? Or are you driving around like I did for a couple of weeks like this.

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Well the weekend is over, How did the install go? A piece a cake right? Or are you driving around like I did for a couple of weeks like this.

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:16 PM   #22
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I finished them this past weekend on the 4th floor in the garage at my office haha! True JK way of life. It was raining in Houston all weekend so I didn't want to start it and then get rained on.

Anyways, the rumors are true. This job is not hard, just tedious. Took me all of 7 hours with tin snips, wrenches, sockets and all the other obvious stuff. For those that want to know, after doing it, there is no way in hell I'd pay some offroad shop $400+ to do this job.

They look great in my opinion.

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They look great!

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