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Old 01-30-2013, 11:07 AM   #1
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Fender flare question

So I am looking to buy these fender flares,

6pcs Pocket Riveted Style Fender Flares 97 06 Jeep Wrangler TJ 04 06 Unlimted | eBay

DO I need to drill new holes to mount these fender flares?

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Old 01-30-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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According to the description it comes with the hardware for the factory holes, but some drilling maybe required, so you might get lucky and not have to drill any.

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I did not have to drill new holes for my old Bushwacker 6" pocket flairs.
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If you actually use your jeep off road don't waste your money they will crack, buy aluminum or steel depending on budget
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I did not have to drill new holes for my old Bushwacker 6" pocket flairs.
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If you actually use your jeep off road don't waste your money they will crack, buy aluminum or steel depending on budget
X2. I forgot to add that the fact that I did not have to drill new holes made it handy for re-installing my stockers after the pocket flairs broke off-road.
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If you actually use your jeep off road don't waste your money they will crack, buy aluminum or steel depending on budget
Agreed, I nearly ripped mine off last year from flexing on a wheeling trip and they were only on the jeep for a month.
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I have a pair that have already cracked, both fronts in different spots and its not even from wheeling. They look great with big tires and sure do keep the mud under control but they are too brittle.
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I have to replace mine since they are about to fall off. but the thing im really pissed about is that the screws they use once they pull through the flare they dent my fender/tub, not terrible but noticeable none the less. just either save your money for steel fenders/flares or put it toward something else.
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Okay thanks guys, I don;t think I will buy them. What would you recommend to repaint my existing fender flares, they have sun spots and are really grey
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Jlins... there are paints on the market that are specifically designed for "plastics". If you can clean and scruff-up the surface of your existing flares, this stuff is amazing. I did it on my old '98 TJ, and it looked perfect... and wore with no issues. You can get the spray version at any Home Depot paint department in any numbers of colors. Just make sure that it's the cans that say FOR PLASTIC. It wound-up being a lot less expensive than replacements, and lasted until I traded it in.
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Wipe the flares down with mineral spirits to strip away all the gunk (did mine twice), tape it all off, and Rustoleum Bedliner. Looks new as the day I sprayed it
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Wipe the flares down with mineral spirits to strip away all the gunk (did mine twice), tape it all off, and Rustoleum Bedliner. Looks new as the day I sprayed it
Dont use mineral spirits, ive said this a thousand times. Its oil based, bad juju. Use denatured alcohol!
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X2. I forgot to add that the fact that I did not have to drill new holes made it handy for re-installing my stockers after the pocket flairs broke off-road.
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Agreed, I nearly ripped mine off last year from flexing on a wheeling trip and they were only on the jeep for a month.
Some good advice here. I ripped half of a rear one off on a vine a while back. I'll be getting some tubes for the front soon and run stockers in the rear. Save your money, don't buy pocket flares.
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use krylon fusion for the flares. its specifically meant to bond to plastic
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Dont use mineral spirits, ive said this a thousand times. Its oil based, bad juju. Use denatured alcohol!
My bad haven't heard that.before. regardless it worked, guess ill see since June will be one year
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Okay thanks guys, I don;t think I will buy them. What would you recommend to repaint my existing fender flares, they have sun spots and are really grey
I just used a belt sander on mine, it smoothed out the rough texture slightly. Takes a little of the elbow grease out of it, but I took the flares off so I didn't accidentally mess up the paint on the jeep. Then wipe down with the alcohol.

The fusion stuff is great.

If you want to smooth them out a little more, spray a coat of primer first and lightly sand it with the finest grit sandpaper you can find and it will knock down the high spots. Then wipe down with alcohol again and then paint it.

If you like the rougher texture surface, ignore my step.
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Belt sander??? Thats a real good way to cut some gnar gnar grooves in plastic in a big hurry. Use a dual action sander if you intend to sand plastic.
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Didn't hold it down long on any spot, just wanted to rough up the surface real quick and that's the tool I had lying around.
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Ended up using a dremmil to get the curves around the turn signal. Of course you have to take that out first if you want to run power tools in that area.
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Didn't hold it down long on any spot, just wanted to rough up the surface real quick and that's the tool I had lying around.
Reminds me of the Adam Carollas movie " The hammer" Hey mike, someone threw a belt sander through your windshield!!! Hahaha
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I work with what I have, tight budget these days. Just gotta be gentle with it, didn't cut any grooves or gouges. Plus the primer step filled in any of the rough spots. I have pics of the flares I can post when I get home, it turned out a lot better than it sounds.
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Okay thanks guys, I don;t think I will buy them. What would you recommend to repaint my existing fender flares, they have sun spots and are really grey
Krylon works awesome on plastic it's designed for plastic and wood I believe just rough up the surface obviously first then paint away
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Krylon works awesome on plastic it's designed for plastic and wood I believe just rough up the surface obviously first then paint away
Lol, all your guys infatuation with krylon. Fyi i fellas, all automotive type paint will stick exceptionally well to properly prepared plastic. The best bar none is SEM's trim paint line. The only difference between " plastic/vinyl" paint is that its more flexible for a short period. Spray bombs work well for plastics and vinyls because the film build is so minimal it is able to flex.
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If you want something quick, Penetrol does wonders! I put it on my faded fenders about three months ago and they still look great. All you have to do is wipe it on with a rag.
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If you want something quick, Penetrol does wonders! I put it on my faded fenders about three months ago and they still look great. All you have to do is wipe it on with a rag.
And then every dust particle in the country side will stick to it and youll never get paint to stick them... EVER.
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And then every dust particle in the country side will stick to it and youll never get paint to stick them... EVER.
Might as well just smear your old dirty motor oil on them, same thing and way cheaper, hahahaha.
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I would have used automotive stuff if i was back home and had access to my buddies shop. Good air compressor set up, reliable spray gun, the right tools for a change.

I gotta get my chevy sold so i can buy some good tools.

Anyways, i forgot which paint i used, but it wasn't the fusion. It was those paint match little cans at autozone. I wanted flat black anyways so I didn't really care if it was an exact match. Wish i had a spray gun setup, but it looks far better than that dirty grey now.
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And then every dust particle in the country side will stick to it and youll never get paint to stick them... EVER.
Ahh. I see you've never actually used it on fenders then. After it dries it is no different than the untreated fender dust-wise. And because it works so well, you never really need to paint them
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Lol, like my ratty lookin flares, hahaha. I paint cars for a living. Why would i wanna paint my own crap😜
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If you don't want to paint them a heat gun will bring them back to life for a while.

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