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post #1 of 13 Old 07-13-2004, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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How do i remove my fender flares?

it seems like a stupid question but i cant figure it out!


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post #2 of 13 Old 07-13-2004, 06:02 PM
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baldingo1,


There's about 15 metal screws in the wheelwell going around the border of the flares that screw into rectangular rubber fasteners. They may be so rusted that they're hard to see but you'll be able to feel the rubber fasteners if you run your hands around the flang of the flares.

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ya i found those, but the screw heads on the other side are sunk into the body so i cant get a ratchet on them, what do i do?

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ya i found those, but the screw heads on the other side are sunk into the body so i cant get a ratchet on them, what do i do?
Find some way to prevent the heads from turning and use a pair of narrow vise grips on the square rubber fasteners. Or take a torch to the fasteners.

But hey, WTF do I know? I kick Hippies for fun.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-13-2004, 06:50 PM
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baldingo1,

The fender holes are not recessed so you can simply take a 4" hand grinder and cut them off in a matter of minutes. You can then purchase #6 sheet metal screws as replacements if you plan on reusing the same flares and square fasteners.

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post #6 of 13 Old 07-14-2004, 06:41 AM
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Or....you can remove the inner fender splash shield first.
Jack up the Jeep, remove tire (makes it easier to remove old splash shield), then take a 3/8" socket to remove a handful of screws, some plastic push-in clips, and pull the old liner out. NOW, you will be able to get to the screws holding the flares on.

How do I know this? I started my TJ flare installation last night. Much more time consuming than I had expected.

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post #7 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 02:33 PM
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talk about using an old thread, but this helped me today.... thought I'd add a little bit though in case anyone else was searching for this. on my 91, the bolts were a 5/16, needed a few tools to remove them and it only took about 30 minutes to get both fender flares off the rear.

this is what you are trying to remove


and this is what it took
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post #8 of 13 Old 08-29-2011, 02:54 PM
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A 4.5" cutoff wheel on a side grinder did it for me and I think I found that out on a thread older than this one..

Hooray for the search function!

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post #9 of 13 Old 08-31-2011, 06:22 AM
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I tried using the cutoff wheel, but I was not comfortable with it so close to the tire. lol. Once I finally figured out what I was trying to remove, it wasn't bad with the socket, wrench and pliers. Also, our flares are now off and not damaged, so I may try throwing them on craigslist to get rid of them & make just a little extra $, even if they do only sell for $10
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-31-2011, 09:43 AM
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One of these days I am going to remember to look at the dates on some of these threads. I almost answered his question.
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post #11 of 13 Old 08-31-2011, 10:06 AM
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It took me like an hour to get my flares off haha
and i did have to cut one bolt, suprised it wasn't more. what a PITA!
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-31-2011, 09:00 PM
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Mine came off real easy when they were rubbed against a tree and a creek bank...

I've been throwed out of a carwash- too much mud!

I've done bodywork useing a winch, a tree, a prybar, and a BFH!

Now, my wild oats have turned to prune juice and all-bran...
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-31-2011, 09:38 PM
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It was a real PITA to get mine off of my 87, before I had it repainted. Like previously mentioned it works better to pull out the rear plastic inner fender liner (you don't have to remove it just pull out around the fender lip. Also a 6pt socket seemed to work better for me. And for those who care, orginally on mine anyway, Jeep used a thin rubber like washer to keep the head of the metal fastener from cutting into the inner steel fender & causing it to rust. I was very impressed! to say the least. Most of them just fell apart, I replaced all my fasteners with SS. I found thin nylon washers to keep from scratching my inner fenders, when I installed my new wider flares. Was able to use the old holes as I did not want to drill new holes, don't want anymore rust issues in the future. Anyway just my 2 cents worth! Good luck
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