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Unread 12-02-2009, 04:15 PM   #1
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How to: Remove ZJ Cladding Molding w/ pics

How To: Remove side cladding moulding molding from door body etc..

Difficulty: easy
Tools: flat screwdriver or plastic puddy knife, custom bent tool (optional for better results)

What will my ZJ look like without cladding?

Before:


After:


Paint underneath the cladding may be scratched


There will also be tiny nubs and holes left behind that the cladding clips mount to


Mounting Explained:

There are 4 pieces per side not including bumpers.

From front to back
Piece #1 is held on by 3 screws in the wheel well and one white clip.
Piece #2 is held on by about 5-6 clips
Piece #3 is held on by 3-5 clips and a plastic nut that is inside the door
Piece #4 is held on by 3 screws in rear wheel well.

White clips are used to hold the cladding to the body of the truck. The top of the cladding sits in the top lip between the body and the clip. See picture 1 top of clip (ignore arrows for now)

Pic 1



The bottom of the cladding snaps into the clip. See picture 2

Pic 2



The clip is held on the truck with a sliding lock system. See picture 1. Blue arrows point in direction to remove clip from body.


Procedure For Removal:
The trick to the whole game is getting the cladding off the body without breaking the clips. See picture 3.

Pic 3


The problem is that the clips tend to break at the body's metal nub as in picture 3 rather than release from the thick plastic nub on the cladding.

If you look at picture 2 in the bottom right hand corner in blue, it depicts the shape of tool that would be necessary to get behind the clip on the cladding side and pop the cladding off, leaving the clip attached to the truck.

The procedure should always be.
  1. Remove any screws holding the piece (piece 1 and 2) or the nut for piece 3 (see picture 4 for door nut on piece #3)
  2. Pop the clips at the bottom of the cladding all the way down the piece your working on. Pulling away from the truck body out towards your body. Trying not to break the clips off of the body by using a special tool to separate them only from the cladding. Be careful not to pull the cladding to far away from the body or you will crack the cladding or clips at the top.
  3. Once the piece is free at the bottom, lift the piece upwards towards the roof of the car, sliding it free of the clips, or if the clip is still on the cladding sliding it free from the body. Always up.
  4. Remove the clip from the body of the car.
* EDIT: Opening the doors and laying under the door while looking up and prying the clips will give you greater success. I used a bent brake tool and removed all clips without breaking.

Pic 4



Hopefully that will clear things up for first timers.


Last edited by joburocks; 12-08-2009 at 02:59 PM..
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Unread 07-22-2010, 04:06 PM   #2
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I know this has been here for a while, and a little bit of a resurrection here, but from anyone thats done this, Does it matter if the clips break? Im taking my cladding and everything off to sand down the area and repaint it with a truck Bed liner.
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Unread 07-22-2010, 04:39 PM   #3
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I know this has been here for a while, and a little bit of a resurrection here, but from anyone thats done this, Does it matter if the clips break? Im taking my cladding and everything off to sand down the area and repaint it with a truck Bed liner.
If you aren't planning on reusing them then it won't matter.
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Unread 08-02-2010, 08:57 PM   #4
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If you aren't planning on reusing them then it won't matter.

I just want to get a second clarification- It is possible get replacement clips then. Is that correct? I'm removing mine for paint prep this week, and I tend to break thing when I take them apart.

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Unread 12-01-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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Hi there I was looking for the cladding or molding the goes under the dorr cladding anyone know where I can get them???
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Unread 12-01-2010, 12:52 PM   #6
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Junk yards have tons of zjs to take the clips from.
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Unread 12-01-2010, 05:11 PM   #7
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Junk yards have tons of zjs to take the clips from.
I wish I was in your area, the closest JY around here has one (If I'm lucky) every 8 months or so.
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Unread 11-09-2012, 11:29 AM   #8
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cladding removal

Good stuff on how to get the cladding off. I am going to prep a 96 for paint so need to pull the cladding. Is there any way to get the pictures back up? I can only see the before and after photo, but not Pictures 2, 3, 4. I would like to see the tool mentioned.
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Unread 11-10-2012, 08:48 AM   #9
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Unfortunately I removed the pics from my computer about 8 months ago. Will have to use photobucket next time.
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Unread 11-10-2012, 10:03 AM   #10
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Unread 11-12-2012, 09:32 AM   #11
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If you have any of the white clips, I would be interested in getting them in case I break mine. I think I will pass on the "hitting the tree" method. Just does not seem like the best way to go, although it could save some bucks since I would not have to paint it.....
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Unread 12-11-2012, 02:38 PM   #12
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cladding off, new paint on

Got the cladding off. fixed some hail dents, got the fender straightened, and the new paint is on. Here are some pics after painting. Too bad is was an overcast day, you can't appreciate how bright it is. It was painted with a Sherwin Williams commercial urethane paint (I am told it is the same as used by Peterbuilt on new trucks). Cladding and pin strips are next. Would really like to do a lift, can't spend the bucks on an old Jeep though.
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Believe me even on overcast days yo can see you bright it is.. Looks pretty good. Did you paint it yourself? It has a boo boo, how cute
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Got the cladding off. fixed some hail dents, got the fender straightened, and the new paint is on. Here are some pics after painting. Too bad is was an overcast day, you can't appreciate how bright it is. It was painted with a Sherwin Williams commercial urethane paint (I am told it is the same as used by Peterbuilt on new trucks). Cladding and pin strips are next. Would really like to do a lift, can't spend the bucks on an old Jeep though.



this jeep is sick!!
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It looks so much better gone and freshly painted. Check mine out!




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