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MrsZR7 06-21-2009 09:48 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??

jjseel 06-21-2009 10:00 AM

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/remo...res-29391.html


Try searching "nutcerts". There are many threads that are helpful. Problem with the nutcerts are, once they get loose, they are useless. good luck.

MrsZR7 06-21-2009 10:15 AM

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.

jjseel 06-21-2009 10:19 AM

The ones on my TJ (2000) looked a lot like hollow wall (sheetrock) anchors, except they were metal.
Avdel Global :: Thin Sheet NutsertĀ®

MrsZR7 06-21-2009 10:28 AM

Cool link!
So I guess I'm off to the store to get some nitrile gloves and a better pair of vice grips.

catITguy 06-21-2009 11:13 AM

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.

Levinoss 06-21-2009 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by catITguy (Post 390337)
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.

On the bright side rocks may rip the flares off but you will at least still have those grade 8 bolts!

MrsZR7 06-21-2009 12:28 PM

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! :rolleyes:

catITguy 06-21-2009 02:45 PM

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On the bright side rocks may rip the flares off but you will at least still have those grade 8 bolts!
Lol thats the idea :). Though with my warn flares, they could get ripped off and id just drill some new holes in the flares and reinstall them!

Levinoss 06-21-2009 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by catITguy (Post 390407)
Lol thats the idea :). Though with my warn flares, they could get ripped off and id just drill some new holes in the flares and reinstall them!

Good point!

willysmb 06-21-2009 03:33 PM

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?

catITguy 06-21-2009 04:06 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.

JeepDog 06-22-2009 10:15 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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MrsZR7 06-26-2009 08:43 PM

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! ;)

CBlackburn 06-26-2009 08:56 PM

Fender flares
 
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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.

Attachment 9314

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