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Old 08-05-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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Smittybilt 3 1/2 inch rear tube fender install and write up.

These are the only tools I used for this install:
A pair of side cutters for removing the christmas tree push in fastners.
A 1/4 inch drill bit.
A deep well 10mm socket.
A 5/32 allen wrench.
A 5/16 box end wrench.
A 5/16 shallow socket.
A 1/4 inch drive ratchet.
A DeWalt coordless drill.
And 1 liquid refreshment.

This is what I started with:


First I removed the inner fender, I used the side cutters to grab onto the christmas tree fasteners, then I gently pried them out to release the inner fender, removing the inner fender allows you to grab onto the back side plastic piece that these bolts screw into so that it doesn't just spin.


Here's a christmas tree fastener next to one of the fender flare bolts and plastic nut pieces.

And presto, the factory fender is removed... two of the bolts thread into nutserts that are pressed into the body sheet metal, the instructions that came with the fenders said to drill them out or remove them, I beg to differ, and I did it differently.

Then I took the 1/4 inch drill bit and slightly enlarged all the factory holes that didn't have nutserts.

After doing that I placed one of the fenders up to the body and slid a bolt through to start getting everything lined up.

Then I slid a bolt into one of the rear holes but things didn't look quite right...

Apparently I was trying to install the drivers side flare onto the passenger side... Here's how you can tell:


Here's the easy way of telling the difference, the long side goes towards the front. Also notice that when I rested the fender onto my 35 inch tire, it wraps around the tire almost perfectly.

Now all of the bolt holes lined up.

This one in the front of the flare that lines up with the nutsert, was supposed to be drilled out, but I chose to keep it.

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This is the reason why, the factory bolt is the same size as the supplied bolts and I decided to reuse it. The reason why is because the reason the factory used nutserts in the first place is because you can't get to the back side of the bolt to use a nut in the first place. The instructions are WRONG, do not follow their advice on this.
Here's the factory bolt next to the aftermarkets, pretty dang close to the same size...

The next step is to tighten the top 2 bolts just tight enough the fender will stay in place, but loose enough to be able to adjust it. The instructions say to take a measurment from each side of the top of the body tub, to the top of the fender and to adjust till both sides are equal... I threw that idea out the windo and just lifted up on the front as high as I could make it go, then I tightened the bolt up nice and tight, then I lifted the rear up as high as I could get it and tightened that bolt. It looks pretty straight to me, and I didn't have to do any fiddling.

I tightened all the rest of the bolts and then I used the box end wrench to tighten the factory nutsert bolt.

Here's a few pics of the passenger side after install.




Here's a few pics of the drivers side factory flares. Followed by the Smittybily ones.








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I ran into one slight problem on the Drivers side install, the factory nutsert pulled out of the body leaving a hole, I solved it by doing this:




I know that's not the right way to use a self tapping screw, but it worked fine to get it started, then I used the 5/16 socket and the ratchet to tighten it down the rest of the way. I'll buy a can of spray on bedliner and paint the head of the self tapper and most people won't even notice it's there.
I hope you guys get some use out of this write up, I'll be doing the front Tube fender install to match the rears sometime in the next week or so. Thanks for your time
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all i can say is: ewwww Natty Ice. haha fender flares look good.
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all i can say is: ewwww Natty Ice. haha fender flares look good.
Lol! Cheap beer equals more money to spend on Jeep parts,
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all i can say is: ewwww Natty Ice. haha fender flares look good.
Although I do think natty ice is gross, some times a guys gotta do what a guys gotta do. At least he's not drinking whine coolers. Hahahahaha.
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That parts list is all wrong! I find it hard to believe that only one liquid refreshment was used. If so, you rushed the job and didn't take your time. That's at least a 4 refreshment job and probably a 12 pack if you had an assistant.

Nice writeup though. Good job and they look sharp. So I read part of your review, what's the final verdict on the fenders?
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Looks good I mite get this do you have to buy anything else or just the fenders itself
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Looks good I mite get this do you have to buy anything else or just the fenders itself
Thanks! I didn't have to buy anything else, I already had all the tools I needed. If you look for my smittybilt fender unboxing and first impressions thread there's a link to what I paid for them from Amazon.com.
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Thanks! I didn't have to buy anything else, I already had all the tools I needed. If you look for my smittybilt fender unboxing and first impressions thread there's a link to what I paid for them from Amazon.com.
Thanks man I hope they will look as good on my jeep as they do on yours
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That parts list is all wrong! I find it hard to believe that only one liquid refreshment was used. If so, you rushed the job and didn't take your time. That's at least a 4 refreshment job and probably a 12 pack if you had an assistant.

Nice writeup though. Good job and they look sharp. So I read part of your review, what's the final verdict on the fenders?
The first flare took me about an hour, the second one took me less than half an hour, divide that actual time in half because I have to stop and take pictures of most of the steps that are important to do my write up. This was actually done over 2 days, I did the passenger side yesterday, and the drivers side today. I only drank half of the beer today and it was still cold when I got done installing the fender.
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Thanks man I hope they will look as good on my jeep as they do on yours
They'll probably look better on yours than mine because you've got a lighter colored Jeep
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Cant wait to put mine on. Just got mine back from the powder coater
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Hey can you help me out and get me a link to where you got yours? All the places say that its only used with the corner guard.
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Good work man I noticed you didnt repaint yours, at least it doesnt appear so to me? Any thoughts on that?

What all lift are you running, it looks like a great setup
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Hey can you help me out and get me a link to where you got yours? All the places say that its only used with the corner guard.
Here's the link to my unboxing and first impressions thread, it has the links for both the front and rear fenders posted in post number 17.
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Good work man I noticed you didnt repaint yours, at least it doesnt appear so to me? Any thoughts on that?
I didn't repaint them because it's not really a review of the actual product if paint them instead of running them like they are.

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What all lift are you running, it looks like a great setup
I'm running a 4 inch lift, plus 3 inch body lift.
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Your right there^ I stilll wouldnt want em to rust though :P pahaha. goodluck I hope they last for you

It looks good with that setup, close to mine but I could tell you had more BL, just wondered the suspension factor. Looks boss with those flats now
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Cant wait to put mine on. Just got mine back from the powder coater
Nice! How much did they charge you to refinish them? Did you strip the old coating off or did they do it?
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Really nice Job! Thats what I like, not being afraid to deviate from the instructions at times to make things easier or better. As for the refreshment: One 12 pack =6 refreshments per fender with no leftovers. Leftovers are such a waste
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Really nice Job! Thats what I like, not being afraid to deviate from the instructions at times to make things easier or better. As for the refreshment: One 12 pack =6 refreshments per fender with no leftovers. Leftovers are such a waste
Lol! If I drank a 12 pack while installing them they're prolly be on upside down!
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strip and re powder coat for all the pieces in the pic
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Here's the link to my unboxing and first impressions thread, it has the links for both the front and rear fenders posted in post number 17.
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That sounds like a really good deal! Is that normal pricing for something like that or did you get a hook up price somehow?
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I thought I posted it before. Here it is again. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/smit...ns-104732.html
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looks great man
Thanks! Hopefully I'll get the front fenders installed sometime this week.
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I thought I posted it before. Here it is again. http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/smit...ns-104732.html
sorry maybe that was my bad is this the place you baught them? Amazon.com: Smittybilt 76875 XRC Textured Black 1.5" Tube Rear Fender with 3" Wide Flare, Pair: Automotive
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I believe those are the ones I bought.
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See those confused me on amazon^ because they have a picture of like, a trimmed front stock flare as the picture for their rear fender...

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