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Old 05-25-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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Can't remove fender flares.

So my 97 started it's life in Boston, then about 4-5 years ago, it ended up by the beach here in Florida. So needless to say, there's some rust under that bad boy. So anyways, not sure if I'm just not doing it right or what. Cause some of the bolts although a PITA to get to, they come off pretty easy. However, MOST of them, seems like whatever is supposed to hold them in place on the backside (not sure if they're tack welded and corroded) but they just spin freely. Is this a common problem, is there an aftermarket solution, or do I just have to get creative with some vice grips?

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There are like 3 or 4 bolts per flare that are held in by threaded sleeves which should come out rather easilly. The rest of them (for whatever resaon) are held in by wing nut type bolts on the back side that you will have to hold with your fingers while spinning the bolt with your wrench/ratchet. I found that dropping the plastic fender well cover just enough to let your fingers in will be sufficient.

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thanks, thought I was going crazy. well, off to drop them and paint the rest of the fenders which I previously just taped off. gotta dye the flares too.
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There are like 3 or 4 bolts per flare that are held in by threaded sleeves which should come out rather easilly. The rest of them (for whatever resaon) are held in by wing nut type bolts on the back side that you will have to hold with your fingers while spinning the bolt with your wrench/ratchet. I found that dropping the plastic fender well cover just enough to let your fingers in will be sufficient.
On a TJ?

The hardware should look like this:
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-3555424...2108_107232896

Google: jeep fender flare hardware

Some will be plastic blocks, others will be pressed in threads. If the threads spin, you can get at most of them with vice grips (also try heat and your favorite penetrant from the back side). There is one that is captured and is not accessible from the back side -- you want to be really careful with this one. If it spins you may have to drill it out.
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Yeah, it's a tj. the backsides look real pathetic. Again, this thing spent it's whole life in salt so I'll take pics of what this stuff looks like when I get it off.


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(also try heat and your favorite penetrant from the back side).
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On a TJ?

The hardware should look like this:
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/yhst-3555424...2108_107232896

Google: jeep fender flare hardware

Some will be plastic blocks, others will be pressed in threads. If the threads spin, you can get at most of them with vice grips (also try heat and your favorite penetrant from the back side). There is one that is captured and is not accessible from the back side -- you want to be really careful with this one. If it spins you may have to drill it out.
Yep that them, I didnt know what those "block" things were called so I just referred to them as "wing nuts".
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Chances are you won't be able to hold the plastic "blocks with your fingers so you can use an open end wrench to hold them.
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Soak all of them with Break-Free, PB-Blaster, or Liquid Wrench for a few days & try again. Don't even think of trying WD-40, that stuff is not up to this type of task and is no substitute for any of those three mentioned penetrants.
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Yeah, pb blaster is my friend. Used to have a 74 f100, now that was interesting to work on.
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Old 05-25-2010, 02:33 PM   #12
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this isn't my truck, but same thing. I got it for cleaning someone's carpets. Ran it for 2 months with some random antique michigan plates. sold that loud slow pos for 50 bucks lol

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Old 05-26-2010, 06:17 AM   #13
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I actually had to remove mine last night, not the most fun 2 hours. It killed my hands holding onto those little black nuts.
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Old 05-30-2010, 06:31 PM   #14
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I just pulled mine off a 2001 and have only one other bit of help to offer. My 15 yr old has thinner hands than me and was able to assist where my meathooks wouldn't go.

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