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Old 03-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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fender flare removal ?

I am in the process of taking my flares off to bedliner them and I cant get some of the bolts out. all of those things that the bolts thread into are spinning in the fenders. Anyone else have this problem ? I think I'm just gonna have to cut the heads off with a dremel tool. I'm not sure what I'm gonna have to do to get the bolts back in to hold the flares on.

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:39 PM   #2
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I wouldnt cut them mine spun and I used my hand to stop them or you could use pliers to hold them it's just the first couple of turns that are hard it's down hill after that

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Just went through the same thing...most of them can be removed by holding onto the clip in the back...in the rears you have to take out the plastic fender walls... I used an interior trim panel tool ($9 at pepboys)...for the ones that spin you can try to finagle them off with minimal damage to the flares after the remaining bolts are removed...I used a dremel to grind some of the stuck ones down till they broke free and was able to break the heads and washers off (be sure to wait till the flare cools down before you pull because the plastic heats up and you can make a bigger mess of the flare) I used plastic trip rivets to hold them in upon reinstallation...this makes for easy removal and prevents further damage to the flares if ripped off wheeling...additionally I have tried plastidip and bedliner on the flares..both of those peeled off almost instantly when brushed...I went out and bought adhesion promoter and krylon fusion and it seems to be holding up really well so far...it seems to bond to the plastic instead of costing it. Good luck! I never want to unscrew another flare in my life! Lol
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:49 AM   #4
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If some of the nutserts do come out, go to a body shop, they should have different sizes on hand. I had to replace 4-5 when I changed to flat flares.
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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thanks for all the tips guys..and about the bedliner paint not bonding to the flares JBFLx..once i am done, I hope i never have to do this again, what a pain..lol
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:50 AM   #6
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Some of the rivnuts you won't be able to get to from the backside....For those cut off the bolt head from under the flare with a dremel then carefully grind the raised edge from outside and t will push thru..it's real pain, but do-able....odds are you will have to replace several rivnuts, so look for my thread on here about nutserts/rivnuts....part numbers are listed there.....also google how to install nutserts or rivnuts....you can buy or make your own tool to install new ones, plus tighten old ones
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I have a 2004 Jeep Rubicon, wanting to put taillight guards on, being older, I want to know what I am going to run into. Do I have to take the rear fender flares off to access the electrical connection?
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I have a 2004 Jeep Rubicon, wanting to put taillight guards on, being older, I want to know what I am going to run into. Do I have to take the rear fender flares off to access the electrical connection?
To just take the taillight off? No. You can unscrew the four screws holding the taillight cover on, then there are 3 bolts inside that you can unbolt to take the whole taillight off.
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but I can't get to the connection to disconnect the the lights.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:08 AM   #10
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but I can't get to the connection to disconnect the the lights.
If you need to disconnect the lights, you can access the connector above that plastic cover / fenderwell liner behind the rear tire. How do the taillight guards mount? Does it require disconnecting the lights?
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:52 AM   #11
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but I can't get to the connection to disconnect the the lights.
If your are simply putting tail light guards on, why would you even need to disconnect the lights? Like was previously said, just unscrew the four screws of the outer lens, then the three bolts inside and you put your covers on and reinstall. Look at mine, if yours is something similar, there is no need to disconnect lights.

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Just replace the lamps

Just replace the lamps with LED lamps. They are then flush with the tube and will last longer. Then you don't have to worry about them being hit, ....as much

here is a write up I found and used. Personally I like the look better, but that my option.

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Old 10-03-2013, 02:40 PM   #13
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just replace the lamps with led lamps. They are then flush with the tube and will last longer. Then you don't have to worry about them being hit, ....as much here is a write up i found and used. Personally i like the look better, but that my option. led flush mount tail lights - 1
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Old 10-03-2013, 03:06 PM   #14
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The nylon insterts work very nicely in place of the nutserts. I just drilled out the old nutsert and popped them in (like a license plate insert)
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nice

Very Nice.


When I finish mine I'll post some pic's, hope to have most done before winter.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:58 PM   #16
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I'm trying to do something along the same lines as he is. I have a '10 jk and im taking off the fenders and I want the fender well there. But my gromets fell off. What do I do? Should I just drill new holes?

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