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Old 06-02-2014, 05:50 AM
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TJ/LJ Fender Flares- Removal

In getting ready for the Bantam Festival, I scored a 4 piece set of Sahara Fender Flares for $20.
The stock front ones each had 3 riv-nuts at the bottom rear that just spun when trying to remove them. All the others just had plastic nuts that were easily held by hand to remove.

Can any one tell me if all the rear ones are held on with the P.O.S. riv-nuts? If so, whats the best/easiest way to remove them?

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there are 2, maybe 3 riv-nuts per side in the rear.

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Old 06-02-2014, 08:35 AM   #3
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I believe 3 is correct. I removed my fender liner and clamped on (without crushing them) to the inside barrel with a very small set of vise grip pliers. I got the fronts quite easily with that method too for what it's worth. I also put them back on again without replacing the loose ones.

Know that if you don't use a trim removal tool very carefully you can damage the plastic fasteners that hold in the fender liner, and even with the right tool damage is likely on a couple of them. This is of course only if putting the liners back in is part of the plan, mine live in the shed. I sanded and bedlined the rubicon flares I bought, which I got for $80. $20 is a steal, enjoy!
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Where are the deals when i needed flairs? Just purchased new Rubi's for garage price. 260 w/out tax.
Had to grind my heads off.Then carefully grind to remove stud.Screw the riv-nuts.I used plastic screw inserts,and fender washer nuts.Purchased the tool for the nut serts.It will be returned.Couple of reasons:couldn't find 10/24 hex head bolt and steel bolt in aluminum insert will have to be grinded again to remove.Jeep inserts at the counter are 5 bucks each no bolt and no tool to install.
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Where are the deals when i needed flairs? Just purchased new Rubi's for garage price. 260 w/out tax.
Well for what it's worth, I sold my standard flares on CL for $60 afterward so maybe you can recoup some of your cost. YJ owners use them on their fenders.
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Thanks guys. I tried holding the front ones, with very little pressure, with small vise grips. Didn't work. Did the grind, remove, grind method there.
If there's only a few on the rears, I guess that won't be too bad!!

Oh, and I picked the Sahara ones up cheap at a church flea market.
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I used a good amount of pressure on the vise grips, probably just shy of crushing them.

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