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Old 02-02-2010, 02:25 PM   #1
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Exclamation fenders flares . . . need advice

when i got my jeep the guy before me installed these bigger fender flares and i HATE the way it looks. you kept the stock step on it and put the flares on the back up real high as you can see in the pics

well ive decided to put some tube side steps on and i realy want to lower the back fender down like 2 inches.... where they are supposed to be.

but its going to leave holes where the bolts were... anyone have any ideas of what i should do? i was thinking about just putting some bolts in the holes it might look stupid though.

and i dont have the money to put my jeep in a body shop.


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Old 02-02-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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what about just pluging them with rubber gromets

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:52 PM   #3
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well the main thing is, i dont want the side of my jeep to be full of holes. im sure it will look stupid if i leave it with holes there.
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:06 PM   #4
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What about keeping the fender flares and putting wider tires on to balance it out, just a thought!
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yeah i thought about that too. i guess whenever i get my new side steps ill just have to see what it looks like.

but im pretty sure it wont look good with the back flares so far up from the bottom of the jeep.

i was thinking about patching up the hole and painting it with touch up paint. do you guys think that would look okay?
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NO you would half to use alot of surface to get bondo to hold and not fall out. What type of side steps are you going to use? Are they the rock sliders that cover to bottom of door those would look ok with those flares!
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:35 PM   #7
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which ones are those?

i was thinking about getting just the tube side steps by rugged ridge or by olympic 4x4.
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-bu...umber=JN44-S2B
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/jeep-bu...number=370-111
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:36 PM   #8
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or maybe these

http://www.quadratec.com/products/12004_300_07.htm

i havent really decided yet
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:10 PM   #9
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So you are going to remove the steps that are on
there already ?
If you put tubes on that will leave all the holes from the other step
Its just me but I would lose all that chrome
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yeah im not really a big fan of all the chrome either. ive only had it for a few months and thats how i bought it.

and yeah i was planning on removing the step on there right now.

i havent really looked at it yet. how is it mounted on there?
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:43 PM   #12
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I would say (IMHO) Get bigger tires, I looks like the previous owner probably had a different wheel and tire set up than when he sold it.
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It will have rivits(sp) every 4 inches or so
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i dont think they did. he actually put the flares on right before i bought it.

they absolutely never drove it really, its was an older couple.

its just set in the barn the 7 years they owned it. they told me everything that is done to it right now is how they bought it,Except the fender flare.
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oh wow ... why would you put on super wide fender flares if you dont need them?
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he said it was because of the dirt and mud flying up.

i was pretty pissed off about it when i saw it. i had to fly at to colorado and get it. and he put it on there a few days before i bought it.

i guess he was trying to be nice but i really dont like it . . .
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when i got my jeep the guy before me installed these bigger fender flares and i HATE the way it looks. you kept the stock step on it and put the flares on the back up real high as you can see in the pics

well ive decided to put some tube side steps on and i realy want to lower the back fender down like 2 inches.... where they are supposed to be.

but its going to leave holes where the bolts were... anyone have any ideas of what i should do? i was thinking about just putting some bolts in the holes it might look stupid though.

and i dont have the money to put my jeep in a body shop.

I have a complete set of the factory flares I would sell you for $50.00 plus the shipping costs. The rear flares have been trimmed up some. Here are some pics of them on my Jeep before I replaced them.
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i have the factory one too. but if i put them back on there would still be the problem of the holes left from the ones that are on it now. . .

i like the flares i have on it right now i just really want to move the back ones down. but again same problem. if i move them down there will be holes left. and i dont really know what to do about it.
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oh wow ... why would you put on super wide fender flares if you dont need them?
Not only that, but they body wasn't trimmed around the wheel well, so with a larger tire, you'd still be rubbing. I don't understand this installation at all, but like he says, he just wants to deal with the holes after removing them. I wonder if you couldn't get behind the holes and Jb weld on some small steel plates. Then you could simply bondo the front side, sand, sand, sand, and touch up paint. It's not like the factory welds don't all show through the paint job anyway, so it wouldn't look too bad even if you did a poor job of it.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:48 PM   #20
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yeah exactly i dont understand why the previous owner put those on there

i just cant figure out how to deal with the holes after i remove them.

i thought about that but i dont wanna hurt the paint job. to put bondo on there i would need to sand the paint off wouldnt i?
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An idea would be to buy the rear quater panel armor! covers door to tail light
they bolt on! they are black from factory! and I think are can be drilled for factory flares!
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If you have access or know someone with a welder you could move them down and have the holes welded. If you don't I am sure a body shop will weld them and grind the welds down for you for a good price and they could do it while you wait.
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yeah exactly i dont understand why the previous owner put those on there

i just cant figure out how to deal with the holes after i remove them.

i thought about that but i dont wanna hurt the paint job. to put bondo on there i would need to sand the paint off wouldnt i?
You will need to sand, sand and sand some more if you decide to use putty, so yes, a small area of the existing paint will be damaged. I don't see too many ways around this. The welding method mentioned above is also a good idea, but I think you'll wind up with more bodywork. If you work surgically, I imagine the affected area around each hole could be kept pretty small, and regardless, you will need to apply the touch up paint. After the paint is fully cured, use some rubbing compound to try to smooth the blend out, and if you do a half decent job, you should be happy with the results. Or, you could just slap on that body armor, but everytime I see that, I figure it's covering up damage from a collision of rust.
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Yea I can't stand the body armor look. I think the same thing. But that is personal preference. You can always fix the holes now and use touch up paint, and later down the road get a 150 paint job put on it or Herculiner the outside of it. A friend of mine is going to do a two tone with the factory paint up top and the Herculiner on the bottom. Here is a photo shop example.[IMG]<a href="http://s65.photobucket.com/albums/h235/duaneduanet/Jeep/?action=view&current=get-attachmentaspx.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h235/duaneduanet/Jeep/get-attachmentaspx.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>[/IMG]
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I agree with some people... Get different tires and wheels to fill it out. I'd post a picture of mine that fills the same flares out nicely..if I had pictures, or the ability to put them on my computer from my phone. (Or the know-how to do so, anyway)
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well what wheels would make those look better?
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I have American Racing 136-5765 - American Racing Polished Ventura Series 136 Wheel for Jeep® Vehicles with 5x4.5" Bolt Pattern - Quadratec those wheels in 15X8 on Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac those tires in 31X10.50, No lift. If you've got a lift...go bigger tires, it should fill out.
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Really depending on where you are and the tire coverage laws they look OK.l Sure, I'd trim the rear sheetmetal.....But the flare are sized right for the tire/wheel combo.

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