|06-26-2009 09:56 PM|
Here is the before and after of mine. I will admit it takes patience but no special tools other that a 10mm and a pair of pliers. This Jeep came from Pennsylvania originally and that made rust a major component. Looks 100% better. Simple flat black.
|06-26-2009 09:43 PM|
|MrsZR7||I guess I'm going to put everything back on and drive it down to my parents' place in a week or two. My dad's buddies can help me take them off. I was really hoping to get it done myself, but I'm running out of patience, and it's just too damn hot to do all of this outside. My dad has an air-conditioned garage!|
|06-22-2009 11:15 PM|
The female part is called a Nut-Sert it is basically a pop rivet with threads used by Jeep for fast production. The best way is to pry the inner plastic inwards and reach in with a pair of vice grips to hold the nutsert. If this wont work you'll have to grind off the bolts. Also try to pull the fender flare towards you while your turning the screw. The best tool to use is a ratcheting box wrench made by GearWrench at sears. If i remember right it's an 8mm. Good Luck.
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|06-21-2009 05:06 PM|
There were a couple I couldnt get to - fortunately all but a couple of those nutserts remained in tact (somehow). If I recall correctly there are only about 2 or 3 per wheel well where the back is inaccessible. I used enough bolts elsewhere to makeup for the 1 or 2 that I couldnt salvage. My flares are certainly in no danger of falling off.
Note: the flares I removed were not stock (bought it that way, so dont know the whole history), so the bolt/fastening hardware may or may not have been set up the way it would be stock.
|06-21-2009 04:33 PM|
|willysmb||Arent the areas that use nutcerts instead of the plastic backing nuts in a blind area? when I installed my warn flares I spun a few,ripped them out and installed rubber wellnuts.I couldnt get to the back to use a nut/bolt? maybe I missed something?|
|06-21-2009 03:49 PM|
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|06-21-2009 01:28 PM|
|MrsZR7||I bought a small hacksaw and started sawing away at the nutcerts, got frustrated there and moved on to taking the license plate holder off. No problems there!|
|06-21-2009 12:14 PM|
|06-21-2009 12:13 PM|
|catITguy||when I replaced my fender flares i actually pulled most of the nutcerts out, by accident on the first few then on purpose for the rest. Drilled the holes a little larger and used some grade 8 bolts to attach the new flares. Hopefully this will simplify the removal process if i need to take them off in the future.|
|06-21-2009 11:28 AM|
So I guess I'm off to the store to get some nitrile gloves and a better pair of vice grips.
|06-21-2009 11:19 AM|
The ones on my TJ (2000) looked a lot like hollow wall (sheetrock) anchors, except they were metal.
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|06-21-2009 11:15 AM|
|MrsZR7||The "nutcerts" are the smaller fastener that feels like a plastic sleeve or something, right?? If I could find a way to get these things loose, I would probably replace them anyway. They're a PITA.|
|06-21-2009 11:00 AM|
Try searching "nutcerts". There are many threads that are helpful. Problem with the nutcerts are, once they get loose, they are useless. good luck.
|06-21-2009 10:48 AM|
Help with stock fender flares, please??
I'm having some trouble with getting the stock fender flares off of my '99 TJ. I've got one front fender hanging by 2 bolts, and the other front fender hanging by one bolt. Most of the ones on the rear fenders won't come off either. Any ideas on what to use??
Also, I've heard that the Krylon Fusion (for plastics) paint works well if ya don't want to spend the dough for new flares. Anyone tried this yet? I got the two short flares off (between the front flare and the door) and painted them - so far I'm impressed. How long does it last though??