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Old 01-16-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Fender flare removal??

So I'm removing my stock fender flares on my 05 LJ in order to custom fab my own and I got all but one off. However 4 of the bolts on the last flare will spin in place but not back their way out of the hole. I give no idea how to get the thing off now except to tear the thing off can someone please give me some advise

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Old 01-16-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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If you can't access the rear of the screw or nutsert to hold it with pliers, you're probably going to have to drill it out. It's what I had to do and it sucks. It can be done though.

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Old 01-16-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Alright thank u. What do u think about cutting a little bit of the plastic wheel well to get at the back or it?
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:17 PM   #4
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The plastic wheel well is removable. I took mine off to get back there and hold the nut as I unscrewed it and it came right out. It's a little tight but definitely try that before you cut anything.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:18 PM   #5
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The rear plastic fender liners are removable. If you take them out, you'll gain access to a few of the nutserts, I think.
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #6
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Alright thanks guys lots if help
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:42 PM   #7
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You won't be able to get to them all. I just pulled mine off and took a hammer and chisel and removed screws. Mounted new ones with self tapping screws on those I couldn't get to.
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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Took some finagling but I got the wheel tub off enough to secure the back of the bolts and got the sucker off. Thanks a lot for the help
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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Did this to my 97 TJ. What I thought would be a couple hour job took several hours. Finally used a small pry bar on mine. I used riv-nuts on the new flares.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:16 PM   #10
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Yeah definitely take the liner out on the rears, you will need to anyways to get a nut or something on the backside to bolt the new flares to anyway.

It's only 6 of those push in plastic pin things, a door panel removal tool makes it very easy to get them out. Pulling the liner out after is the hard part.

3 of the bolts screw into the fender, the other 5 have plastic nuts behind them that you can hold with your fingers while you spin the bolt out. You can tell which ones they are because the washer is smaller on the 3 that bolt into the fender.

the front flares you can actually get behind the fender to get to the nuts without pulling anything off.

kind of a pain but it's easier than drilling or using a chisel and you may be able to reuse some of the hardware depending on what flares you get.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:22 PM   #11
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Just so you know I used these simple #10 nuts, bolts, and washers when I put them back on to make it a bit easier. I haven't had any issues with them.

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:58 PM   #12
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That hardware looks a lot more solid than those plastic washer things. I don't know how I didn't break any yet, they look very flimsy.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #13
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I was thinking self tapping screws. Oppinions?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:50 PM   #14
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That would probably work but the hardware I used works just fine. It's up to you though.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:20 PM   #15
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I replaced my flares and had the same issue. The first flare I drilled out. Then I figured out I could get behind the front. I actually used the plastic retainers in all locations. I put electrical on my finger with the sticky side out. I positioned the plastic retainer and got help starting the screw. It took quite a while for the first side, and about 1/4 of the time for the second side. Took about 4 hours I think. I think about 1 3/4 for the first one trying a bunch of different ways to get the two frozen ones out. I wanted flares wider than what came on my Rubicon. I got flares 7 1/2"" (I think). Glad I did it.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:42 PM   #16
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I had the same problem as others here--I couldn't get the bolts loose to remove the stock fender flares from my 04 LJ, and found this thread useful... so I thought I'd post my results for others.

On the rear ones, I was able to unclip two places where the plastic wheel well attached to the body wall. This didn't remove it entirely--there were still some plastic clips with carriage bolt style heads that I didn't mess with--but it was enough to make the wheel well loose from the inside of the body, and that was enough to get some needle nose pliers between the wheel well and the body and grip the square plastic nuts that were spinning freely before. Holding those still why turning the bolt/screws from the outside was enough to remove the remaining ones and get the whole flare off.

Thanks to those who posted that finagling was necessary... that gave me enough courage to keep trying without worry too much that I'd break something.

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Old 06-14-2015, 09:08 AM   #17
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Wish I would have found this thread before I replaced mine with 6" fender flares. I did mine without removing rear fender wells. Used some self tappers where I couldn't get to back. New rear fender flares would not pull up snug to body. Used Fairchild 6" flares. Instructions are about zero help. Pulled up instructions for rugged ridge and theirs said remove fender wells. Next day I removed rear fender wells, new flares and reattached with bolts, flat washers and lock washers with nuts. It was easy with fender wells removed. I removed plastic retainers on fender wells and dropped it over the tire. Only took maybe 5 mins per side to remove and reinstall fender wells. I also drilled jeep body and flares to add a few more bolts. They are snug against body now.

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