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Old 08-07-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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Fender Flares

so I'm trying to put on bigger fender flares so that my jeep will pass inspection. I started to unscrew( the factory ones ) to take them off. Some of the bolts came out with ease, the others i can't get out for the life of me. my guess is some of the bolts are striped because they will turn but not come out, so is there any special tool or trick in getting them to come out. mind you the space between the fender flare and screw is pretty limited.
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there are nuts on the backside behind the fender well plastic. A real PITA to get to, but there are there.

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Old 08-07-2007, 11:58 PM   #3
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when i took some of the other ones off there were none, would it be normal for some of them to have nuts and the others not, mind you the jeep is used, not sure if he ever took them off before.
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The areas where you can get the back of the bolt, there are plastic nuts that you can hold in place with one hand as you screw out the other side. However, the extensions, the back three bolts on the front flares, and the front two bolts on the back flares do not have these. They are mounted to the body through little things that are supposed to be hard mounted to the body... However, with years of use, they tend to come loose and stick to the bolt better than the body. It took me 3 hours to get my flares off because of this. Vice-Grips are your your friend. Key to this is have patience... I would also suggest getting all new hardware in case you screw up the old hardware getting it off.
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You can movie the black fender well out of the way and reach up in there and hold the nut.
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It' pretty easy to do. Use a 5/16 or 8mm shallow socket (or ratcheting box
wrench and it should take about 1/2 hr per flair. (15 min. each with an air wrench.)

The two or three bolts at the ends of each flair are screwed into some sort of welded nut or crush sleeve and should come out very easily. If they don't, or spin, you may have to trim them off and use a self tapping screw to reattach. The rest of the bolts have a plastic "nut" behind them and are pretty easy to remove. You may use a small pinch bar or screw driver to get behind and pull the rear fender liners away (they are quite flexible so you don't have to remove them) so you can reach behind them to grab onto the nut thing while you undo the bolt. Wear a thin glove for this
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I just did this this past saturday and as the previous posts state...they are a real pain in the rear...but just allot yourself about 3.5 hours to do this little project. Also if you have a power wrench, it will be most helpful.
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so I'm trying to put on bigger fender flares so that my jeep will pass inspection. I started to unscrew( the factory ones ) to take them off. Some of the bolts came out with ease, the others i can't get out for the life of me. my guess is some of the bolts are striped because they will turn but not come out, so is there any special tool or trick in getting them to come out. mind you the space between the fender flare and screw is pretty limited.
i appreciate any help guys!
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I had the 2 bolts on the bottom of the front flares strip and I noticed there were no nuts on them and they are welded to the body. Wont come out now. I gave up.
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I had the 2 bolts on the bottom of the front flares strip and I noticed there were no nuts on them and they are welded to the body. Wont come out now. I gave up.
cut the 2 bolts... my "nuts" that are "welded" to the body were not welded well so they spun freely.. cut the bolts and install your own bolts with your own nuts on there and be done with it. A dremmel tool is your best friend here. I bought one and have used it on regular basis for all kinds of things.
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Thanks for the advice. I'll try that out
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btw on mine.. i used vice grips to hold the spinning "nuts" so i can get them off.. so i didnt have to cut them but you say you stripped the bolts so a dremmel should do the job easily.
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thanks for all the help guy's.
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I tried taking my flares off last night around 11:00pm thinking i should be done in half an hour. Boy was I wrong. I gave up knowing I need to check the forum to find out why these damn bolts keep spinning freely. This just solved my problem. I was planning on taking the bolts off tonight but just realized it's valentines day. I shall leave the Jeep alone tonight. My fenders are faded to white.

I'm going to sand them down, wash them, primer it and then spray paint it black. Any recomendation on paint brand? Should I go mat black or glossy black? What do you guys think?
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I tried taking my flares off last night around 11:00pm thinking i should be done in half an hour. Boy was I wrong. I gave up knowing I need to check the forum to find out why these damn bolts keep spinning freely. This just solved my problem. I was planning on taking the bolts off tonight but just realized it's valentines day. I shall leave the Jeep alone tonight. My fenders are faded to white.

I'm going to sand them down, wash them, primer it and then spray paint it black. Any recomendation on paint brand? Should I go mat black or glossy black? What do you guys think?
Evertbody seems to like Krylon Fusion Satin Black. I did it and hate it. I cant wait to get new flares. The color doesn't match at all. Makes the top look faded. Thats my opinion.
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i need to paint my really really bad there faded really bad! but with 35 12.50 15's i need to get something wider so i wanna get some bushwacker flares but i will not pay $400 !!
im going to get http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.as...=0&partID=4455
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i had the same problem, some screws wouldnt go back in sowent to lowes and bought some wood screws that would fit. btw it took me atleast 45 min on each fender, was a HUGE PAIN but it looks great repainted.
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i need to paint my really really bad there faded really bad! but with 35 12.50 15's i need to get something wider so i wanna get some bushwacker flares but i will not pay $400 !!
im going to get http://www.4wd.com/productdetails.as...=0&partID=4455
Got any front pics of the stock flares with the 35's?
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here's a pic with 35s with my old stock flares:
http://runicon.de/viewer.php?albid=5...e=3&imgid=3860
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so I'm trying to put on bigger fender flares so that my jeep will pass inspection. I started to unscrew( the factory ones ) to take them off. Some of the bolts came out with ease, the others i can't get out for the life of me. my guess is some of the bolts are striped because they will turn but not come out, so is there any special tool or trick in getting them to come out. mind you the space between the fender flare and screw is pretty limited.
i appreciate any help guys!
thanks.
I'll take the passenger side upper and lower flares off your hands if you want
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here's a pic with 35s with my old stock flares:
http://runicon.de/viewer.php?albid=5...e=3&imgid=3860
Thanks for the pics bro. I cant wait to get mine done. Just a few weeks to go. I do like those smittybuilt flares, maybe next??
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Gay or not I for one like those flares, and would run them in a heartbeat if I had a set.
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Gay or not I for one like those flares, and would run them in a heartbeat if I had a set.
Fly you flag proudly Tinker!!!!
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Evertbody seems to like Krylon Fusion Satin Black. I did it and hate it. I cant wait to get new flares. The color doesn't match at all. Makes the top look faded. Thats my opinion.
My new top looks great with my satin fusion flares
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where do they get off wanting $418.00 for those? I would definatley run them but will not pay that much! cant you buy a set of real front tube fenders for that?
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To me it looks like someone took a sawzall to a factory flare. Whats the point of buying them.
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i paid 149$ for my new 7" omix-ada flares. the new and wider STTs stick out about 1" and that look sgood for me. the BFG ATs have been to small.

418$ for plastic fender flares? for that money you can buy some flat fenders.

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