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Old 03-05-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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Whats with these plastic fender flares???

I'm wanting to take the plastic fender flares off my TJ. They're faded and I would just assume do away with them. Now, my jeep is also my daily driver and does alot of highway miles. Is it street legal if I take the plastic flares off? If not, painting them may be my next step...

Also, get this. Thursday Im cruising down the highway. My speedometer needle starts jumping up to 100 mph. Then there was a loud bang followed by many more loud bangs. I thought maybe I had lost a drive shaft or something. When I got pulled over and looked under my jeep, I had broke my transfer case completely in half between the two drive shafts.(I'll post some pics as soon as I get them) Bummer..... Now you know why I call it Murphy Anyone else ever have this happen?

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Old 03-05-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Taking your fender flares off will make your tires stick out further, that could be a legal issue depending on your state laws. It varies from state to state.

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Try a heat gun on the fender flares, heat is said to bring the black back out in them. If you take them off it will look like crap, there are many holes on the body behind them. As for the t-case, WOW, did you hit a curb head on? that could have driven the front driveshaft back hard enough to crack the case? Regardless, it needs to be replaced.
Edit, that would have bent the front control arms also... Hummmm. Wow is all I can think of.
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Maybe a new paint job on the flares will do. As for the T-case, no curb, no pot hole, just smooth straight highway. And definately no warning....
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:56 PM   #5
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Maybe a new paint job on the flares will do. As for the T-case, no curb, no pot hole, just smooth straight highway. And definately no warning....
That's crazy! Look on the "for sale" page, someone has a t- case for sale or check your local salvage yard. I'd love to see a pic of your broken case, they are aluminum but to break in half is odd. Sorry that it happened to you.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:38 AM   #7
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No idea why your t-case would grenade on open highway...

Forever Black will help cure the faded fender flare blues though... Just be sure that you don't get it on a porous surface, or you'll stain it black also It'll wipe right off painted surfaces, so keep a rag handy during application.
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Line-x your fender flares it's cheap and looks great
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Maybe a new paint job on the flares will do.
This. I panted mine before switching to Bushwackers. Easy to do and they look like new afterwards. Krylon Fusion...
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:28 AM   #10
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search the forum, there are tons of threads on this subject
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This. I panted mine before switching to Bushwackers. Easy to do and they look like new afterwards. Krylon Fusion...
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I went with the Krylon Fusion also. It took me about 1.5 hours and it looks awesome.
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the only problem with paint is if you drive on gravel, or go mudding and wash your jeep a lot the paint will eventually start to chip.

The other thing that you do to fix the faded flares is to use a heat gun on them. The heat gun will take the oxidation right off of the plastic. i have had success with this method after i bought my jeep and the PO painted the flares and it was chipping on me.
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the only problem with paint is if you drive on gravel, or go mudding and wash your jeep a lot the paint will eventually start to chip.

The other thing that you do to fix the faded flares is to use a heat gun on them. The heat gun will take the oxidation right off of the plastic. i have had success with this method after i bought my jeep and the PO painted the flares and it was chipping on me.
The heat gun trick doesn't last long.
If you use Krylon Fusion on the flared it will last much longer. Cheap rattle can paint will do this.
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Line-x your fender flares it's cheap and looks great
Ooooh nice!!!
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I had the same thing happen to my t-case, but mine exploded instead of breaking in half...was going down the highway and I got the big bang and then the little bangs was the driveshaft hitting everything underneath. Got it all fixed now, but I still have a small hole on the bottom of the jeep from when it exploded. I think mine was not fully disengaging from 4wd. Took it in and they said nothing was wrong...two days later it happened. I took it back up there and they ended up paying for the parts and I put them on.
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To bryangb7; you know, that could be what happened. We recently had alot of snow and ice and I had to drive it in 4 wheel drive for a few days. After that I had a sort of shimmy in my front end but it was nothing like a death wobble. I was thinking maybe it was time for a wheel balance and alignment. There was also a clicking but I attributed it to my u-joints. But come to think of it, there was a clicking when I had it in 4 wheel drive but it was alot louder. once again attributed it to my u-joints. I even shifted it in and out of 4 wheel drive several times to make sure it was out. Maybe it didn't come fully out. That could definately be what happened. Thanks for posting. I have pics of it.
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:22 PM   #17
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Damn!!!!!! That's something you don't see everyday!!
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Old 03-06-2011, 07:38 PM   #18
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philo5lj , you are so correct about the heat gun also try rubbing it with a terri cloth rag to buff , thats how the pro dirt bikers do it !
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Yeah that's why I took it in a few days prior...it was making a clunking sound kinda like a u joint however I just had mine replaced so I knew it wasn't that...I thought it was either my 4wd wasn't fully disengaging or something broke inside my pumpkin...like I said they sent me down the road and ended up paying for it later...I hadn't even made my first payment so I told them they could pay for parts or take the jeep back...luckily they chose parts cause I don't think I could have survived without the jeep
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:39 PM   #21
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Line-x your fender flares it's cheap and looks great


Looks good Red. I put up some pics too. I have one of the Silverstone Metallic jeeps at the end of the thread (dash and flares pics are mine). I put my dash pics up to. All done with Krylon Fusion....worlds best product since I bought me jeep LOL!

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/pict...flare+painting
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:58 PM   #22
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Like everyone else here I recomend the krylon fusion treatment. I had mine off for a week and hated it lots of holes and every puddle i went through got thrown into the cab.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:57 PM   #23
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Figured out the mystery of the exploding transfer case....... Front drive shaft. The CV joint on my front drive shaft went out. Cratered it, in turn cratering my transfer case. Bad part is that rebuilding the front shaft cost me more than replacing my transfer case with a rebuilt one. In all it cost me around $600. Repainted my fender flares. Used Rustoleum bed liner in a rattle can (same stuff I painted my front bumper with, and it has held up real nice on the bumper). Its a flat black n looks great. I'll let you all know how it holds up. Ill post pics of it later. Thanks for all of your help.
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Drive line vibrations will do that. 04 superduty.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:28 PM   #25
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Man that sucks! I feel your pain, I feel like I got off easy with just a broken mount on my engine. at least there's an easy fix for me.
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:02 PM   #26
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Here are the pics of my Fender flares.
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To bryangb7; you know, that could be what happened. We recently had alot of snow and ice and I had to drive it in 4 wheel drive for a few days. After that I had a sort of shimmy in my front end but it was nothing like a death wobble. I was thinking maybe it was time for a wheel balance and alignment. There was also a clicking but I attributed it to my u-joints. But come to think of it, there was a clicking when I had it in 4 wheel drive but it was alot louder. once again attributed it to my u-joints. I even shifted it in and out of 4 wheel drive several times to make sure it was out. Maybe it didn't come fully out. That could definately be what happened. Thanks for posting. I have pics of it.
Wow now that's impressive! Sorry that it broke out of nowhere, but that really is something you don't see/hear about everyday. It sucks right now, but just think it'll make for a good story one day in the future...kind of lol try craigslist for a new t-case i found a jeep guy local to me that's always parting stuff out, maybe you'll have the same luck.
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On my superduty it had a vib in 4x4 that I couldn't find. It ended up being the centering ball on the front double cardin joint on the drive shaft.

Hint if you have a vibration get it checked out.
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Front Double Cardin Joint? Thats what broke on mine. I was calling it a CV joint. the ball went out n broke off. Thats what put my drive shaft in a bind and broke my transfer case in half. Going 70 MPH down the highway. Its getting rebuilt right now so I'm driving without a front drive shaft. I still have a vibration though. Dont know if its in my front end, my wheels, or something wrong with my tranny again. It vibrates pretty bad at lower speeds gets a little better once I'm up past 45 or so. I haven't driven without a front shaft before so I don't know if that can attribute to it. Does it have anything to do with driving without the front shaft or should I be worried about another problem?
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There isnt a problem driving without it.

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