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Old 08-17-2007, 10:46 PM   #1
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Fender Removal

I have an 04' Sport and I'm in the process of removing all the fenders and trim and repainting them.

Unfortunately, I have hit a snarl in my project. Some of the screws holding the stock fenders on will not come off. Its not like they aren't coming out, its like the wheels are turning but it ain't going anywhere.

Anyone have any suggestions please let me know.

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Old 08-18-2007, 12:36 AM   #2
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Do you mean the fender FLARES? If all the screws are doing is spinning, then about your only option is to grind off the heads with a grinder or for more precise work, try a Dremel. You can always replace the old ones with new ones after you've removed the bad ones. Screws are cheap. Good luck and post pictures.....we love pictures!!

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yeah

Yeah I thought about grinding off the screws but I've got a feeling that the screws will get stuck in there. I'm not replacing the flares just repainting them. The couple of pieces that I have painted so far look great.


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Old 08-18-2007, 08:51 AM   #4
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ZEP's

If you can find a local store (maybe a PEP BOYS or a Discount Auto Parts, Autozone) Look for some stuff by a company called ZEP'S. They make a bunch of different stuff, but one of their water displacement sprays (for rust etc,...) is better than break-free. It's able to penetrate where other stuff can't, and loosen corrosion/rust, whatever, that is keeping those screws in there.

OR, are you saying that they are just spinning, and not backing out of the hole?

Either case, I'd try the ZEP's. I swear by it!
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:40 AM   #5
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You don't need to grind the screws. Just remove the wheel well cover (a real PITA) and then you can reach the plastic nut on the back side to stop the spinning.
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The problem is that there are a few screws that dont have the black plastic backs on them... Evene when you remove the rear fender liners, there are two screws at teh front of the rear fender flares that screw into a metal piece that is "supposed" to be hardmounted to the body. The fender flare extensions and the three screws at the rear of the front flares are the same. the problem is that after years of sitting, the metal pieces rust to the screw and since there is more surface area on teh screw than where the clip meets the body, it sticks to the screw and then just turns in place.

Try Aerokroil to get the rust to let go. Use vice-grips to grab the little round metal things from behind teh body panels where you can squeeze your hand.

I suggest buying new hardware and drilling teh old ones out.
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Having worked at a body shop when I was in college, I learned how to maximize my time, since I was paid by the job, not by the hour. You can fiddle around with the flares for hours, or you can grind down the heads and have the flares off in no time. Remember, screws are CHEAP.....but usually TIME is not. Taking the inner fenders off is a complete waste of time. Grind the screw heads and be done with it.
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Remember, screws are CHEAP.....but usually TIME is not. Taking the inner fenders off is a complete waste of time. Grind the screw heads and be done with it.
But he's not getting paid to do this. And doing it the right way would be to remove the inner fender well cover and hold on to the nuts.

Even if screws are cheap its the hassle of having to drive to the store, maybe even a second time, and even then, you'll still have to remove the inner fender well to reattach them.
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Use vice-grips to grab the little round metal things from behind the body panels where you can squeeze your hand.
2x... thats what i did on mine and vice grips worked perfectly.. after putting them back on just install a regular nut instead of the "tube nut" that was there first.
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ok

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for the input. Anywho I got the front flares off with some difficulty...took forever. Anywho as for the rear, I think I'm going to cover the entire Jeep and just paint the fenders as they are on the Wrangler.

I know its risky but my years of painting model airplanes and playing paintball lol, I believe I can do it.

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p.s I'll take pictures.
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you can do it...a guy on another forum just recently painted his flares and he just pu newspaper all around the flares and painted them on the jeep...he posted up pics
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