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Old 04-30-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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Just ordered my JKU Bushwacker flatties...

Tell me your installation horror stories. What can I expect or be prepared for?

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:40 PM   #3
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Tell me your installation horror stories. What can I expect or be prepared for?
It's not difficult. Just time-consuming, with no shortcuts.

A couple of tips:

Buy extras of all the hardware: nylok nuts, bolts, plastic push rivets, etc. Some people completely replace the nylok nuts and bolts, as they have a tendency to snap while being tightened down. I didn't have that problem, though I did have plenty of extras on hand, just in case.

Cutting your splash shield properly will make the difference between an install that looks good, and one that looks half-assed. And don't use a grease pencil to mark the splash shields, as the directions recommend. It's worthless. Use a good old pencil. You'll get a much more exact line, and you'll be able to see it just fine under good light. When you cut the splash shield, it's better to cut too little off than too much. After you do the first one, you'll know where you need to cut in relation to the line.

Before you tighten down the fenders and use the automotive adhesive, make sure your side light markers work. If they don't, switch the wires. Once you've used the adhesive, the only way to fix the lights if they're not working is to order new adhesive, rip the fenders off, fix the lights, and re-apply.

One thing that I found helpful is referring to this link for color photos from time-to-time: Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » Bushwacker JK Flat Fender Installation Write-Up

I believe the Jeep in that write-up was a 2008...there were some very minor differences between that install and the one on my '12.

You'll need 5-7 hours to do the install. It's that time-consuming. But, like I said, not really all that hard.

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see??? he is so fest
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got my rims today
looking to find some paint shop to painted my BW FENDERS
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got my rims today
looking to find some paint shop to painted my BW FENDERS
Sweet!

I'm looking forward to seeing all that stuff when it's one.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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5-7 hours? Holy cow... glad I asked first! Thanks KB, great advice!
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:53 PM   #9
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A thread for the Bushwacker install that might help you out:

Bushwacker flare install

And some other stuff that comes to mind from my install:

Make sure you don't overtighten the inner pieces when you mount them on the wheel well. Tighten just until the washer stops spinning, and you should be fine. Same with the pan head screws that attach the fender to the inner pieces...they will snap if you apply too much torque.

Also, using a Dremel with a cutting wheel made it much easier to cut my splash guards. The directions call for a pneumatic hand saw, which would also work, or a hacksaw, which would be a nightmare, imo.

I didn't drill out any of the plastic rivets that hold the splash guard and OE fender together (another deviation from the written directions). A simple trim tool worked great for me. I used the same tool to pry the leftover retaining clips out of the sheet metal after pulling each fender off.

Make sure you've got a warm place to work in. It was 38º here when I worked on mine Weds morning, but I was in a heated garage. The adhesive used on the fenders needs about 24 hours in 60º+ temps to cure properly. Probably not crucial...plenty of folks have done em in cold weather, from what I've read.

One final thing: In Step #49, they tell you to use the "edge tool" to push the edge trim tight against the Jeep body. But you'll quickly find out that's not a good idea; the trim wants to tuck in between the fender and body...you'll see what I mean once you get to that step.

Instead of using the narrow end of the edge tool, turn it lengthwise and use it to horizontally push against the trim. That'll seat the trim without crimping it.
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5-7 hours? Holy cow... glad I asked first! Thanks KB, great advice!
Mine took about 7...I think. However, I started mine on the day before Thanksgiving, finished the fronts, then shot a Packers game on T-giving Day, then did my rears the day after. So, hard to put a solid time frame on it.

Couple peeps on here got it done in 5-6, iirc.

Like I said: tedious. But they look awesome when it's all said and done.
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I couldn't pass up the deal from 4 wheel parts, sale ends at midnight tonight, 464.00 for the set and a 50 dollar rebate from Bushwacker. No one even comes close to that deal.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:09 AM   #12
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I couldn't pass up the deal from 4 wheel parts, sale ends at midnight tonight, 464.00 for the set and a 50 dollar rebate from Bushwacker. No one even comes close to that deal.
That's a great deal. About $80 cheaper than what I paid...
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Just finished our second set Sunday... Just as Kb said, new hardware makes a world of difference, and someone with small hands for a few of the tight places on the fronts helps a ton too. The supplied hardware doesn't seem to fit together very well, at least the locknuts and bolts don't... And in the rear trimming enough of the splash shield makes a huge difference in the ease of installation. Also have a flashlight handy and make sure to line up the holes for the clippy things ( I'm old, I forget what they're called) with the holes in the flares.
When hooking up the lights, they go opposite of what you'd expect, white wire to black and vice versa.... Idk why
They are nice flares, and in my opinion a similar design should have been stock on JK's.. They are mucho better than the stock dumbo ears.
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:04 PM   #14
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I love this place... so many people have experienced the pain and can guide you through.

Thanks everyone!


Now begins the wait for the brown suited santa...

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