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Old 04-20-2009, 07:28 AM   #1
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Removal of Fender Flares

Hey all, I was just wondering if anyone has any tips on removing the stock fender flares off a TJ? I tried yesterday and became fustrated when only 3 of the 8 screws would come out. I wanted to take them off and clean the painted area behind them. When I went to retighten them the bottom ones went back with no problem but one of the upper ones wouldn't tighten. How are they held on? Is their a damn clip behind the wheel wells? What a bitch.

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I would like to hear how the fenders come off as well but I have always used a stiff dry paint brush to clean the fender area.

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Old 04-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #3
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Yes they really are a pain in the butt to get off. They have little black plastic clips on the inside under the fender. Its such a pain. You have to take your time and get your hand up there hold onto the clip and hope for the best, Even that will not always work out to well. Good Luck.

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Old 04-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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I just recently removed my stock flares to put on 6" flares. I got lucky and all my srews came out easily. There are a couple of "nutzerts" on each flare that are pressed into the body...only where your don't have access to the back of them. The rest are a hard plastic nut that is not conected the the baody at all...they will spin if you don't hold them. These are the ones you're having issues with. The fronts are easy to access, but the rears are a pain. You need to pull down the wheel well liner to got your hand in there.

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:06 PM   #5
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wow when i replaced mine with bushwackers i didnt have any wood behind my wheel well liners just mud and metal you must have opted for the Woodie package
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:19 PM   #6
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when i did mine... It was very frustrating as my jeep was 10 years old and the lil screws didn't want to come out..I ended up taking a prybar and a hammer to the rock guard ones to bust them off..
After doing so I then had some holes bigger than the screws so I ended up getting some 3" tall rocker guards to cover up the holes

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:29 PM   #7
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if there that much of a pain, maybe you can just drill them out and get new hardware afterwards.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I will just leave them be for now, and wait until I have a free day and a lot of patience.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:12 AM   #9
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As far as the plastic pieces shown above, I wore gloves which helped. On the hard to reach ones, I used a pair of needle-nosed vise grips. I had more of a problem with the nutserts that were rusted solid to the bolts. I had to grind the bolt heads off. After a lot of frustration, sore hands and several cold ones, I finished my extended fender flares. This is definetly one project that takes a bit of patience.

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