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Old 03-21-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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Help with removing rivets

So my left rear fender came off the clips that attach it to the vehicle. In order to fix it, i need to remove the bottom part in the wheel well so i can reach the clips and re-attach. My question is, does anyone know of an easy way to remove the 6 rivets that attach the fender to the wheel well?

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Those rivets right on the edge are the ones i need to remove

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:43 PM   #2
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Maybe drill them out and replace them with metal ones?

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Old 03-21-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Maybe drill them out and replace them with metal ones?
I already bought 6 new stock ones. (also plastic) if i replace those wit metal ones, id want to replace all the rest to make em match
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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Drill them is the way to go.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:34 PM   #5
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Damn same thing happened to mine today. Might just cut my fenders now.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:44 AM   #6
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Damn same thing happened to mine today. Might just cut my fenders now.
Lol sh*t sucks man. Such a simple thing and its a pain.

Since i didnt get any other recommendations i guess ill try drilling them out. I figured other people had experience taking them off to change for aftermarket fenders like the new ACE ones.
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Old 03-22-2012, 01:20 PM   #7
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I'm just going to cut mine this weekend. Was going to do it anyway now I have an excuse to do it. I like the ace fenders a lot. Eventually going to get them but have a few other mods I need to do first.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #8
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If they are the plastic ones, all you need to do is get a pin or pick and then knock the center pin thru. Rivet should then pull out.
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they don't drill out easily, they start to spin as soon as the top of the center pin gets past the head of the rivet. Sharp drill, high speed and a needle nose pliers to pull them out
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So i tried drilling first and like stated, it kinda spun out and was a bit difficult.
Then i tried just knocking the center in with a nail set and that worked perfectly. Now the prob is to find a rivet gun with a larger enough hole to fit these plastic rivets. :o
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dont need a rivet gun. Just push the whole rivet in and then push the pin in...simple. or use a flat blade or blunt chisel if hard to reach.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:52 AM   #13
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I always use side cutters. Take the side cutters and squeeze them under the lip of the plastic rivet then cut them off. New ones just push in. And the above guys saying to push the center in are wrong. These are not the push the center in style.These are plastic rivets for that style your going to need a plastic rivet gun. The center pulls out and breaks off.

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I always use side cutters. Take the side cutters and squeeze them under the lip of the plastic rivet then cut them off. New ones just push in. And the above guys saying to push the center in are wrong. These are not the push the center in style.These are plastic rivets for that style your going to need a plastic rivet gun. The center pulls out and breaks off.
So theoretically, i should be able to stick it in.. Hold it in place and pull the center out with pliers until it breaks off. Right?
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Ahh, my bad....
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So theoretically, i should be able to stick it in.. Hold it in place and pull the center out with pliers until it breaks off. Right?
Theoreticaly yes but most of this type are a bear. You want them nice and tight so they dont come out and they sit flat on the body panel. Sometime a regular rivet gun may work if you have a adapter. If you dont have the gun shown in my picture maybe stop off and your dealer's body shop. They might let you use theirs for 5 minutes. Or a auto parts store might let you rent one.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:46 AM   #17
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Use a 5/16 bit to drill through them. That's how you take them off. You can purchase these for cents.

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