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Unread 06-30-2015, 07:00 PM   #1
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need a alternative to mounting stock fender flare

So kid who had my xj before me decided to rip the flares off, along with snap ons for the fender flares. Whats a different way to mount these things? Any useful input would be helpful.

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Unread 07-01-2015, 04:03 AM   #2
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You can buy the mounts for them still. I know Quadratec sells them.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 10:01 AM   #3
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You can also compare the price of that hardware to what a jy will charge you. Even if you have to buy the flares with the hardware, it still may be cheaper.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 02:53 PM   #4
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Good luck pulling the flares and brackets without breaking the hardware. It's almost if not completely impossible. I think I've maybe managed to get two 10mm nuts off the studs out of who knows how many flares I've tried to pull. I don't even bother trying to loosen them anymore, I just tighten them til they break off and that takes like no effort.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 03:12 PM   #5
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Good luck pulling the flares and brackets without breaking the hardware. It's almost if not completely impossible. I think I've maybe managed to get two 10mm nuts off the studs out of who knows how many flares I've tried to pull. I don't even bother trying to loosen them anymore, I just tighten them til they break off and that takes like no effort.
Is this due to rust or the design?
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Unread 07-01-2015, 03:23 PM   #6
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Is this due to rust or the design?
Iirc the brackets are aluminum so the slightest bit of rust or even just 20 years worth of road crap being thrown into them from the tires makes them seize up. Just the leverage and a bit of force applied to a wrench is enough to make them break off.

My MJ barely even has surface rust on it and I hosed the brackets and studs/nuts down with acetone/atf and tried hard to keep from ruining the brackets and flares and even the first one I tried to take off I broke all but one or two of them.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 03:24 PM   #7
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The bolts are thin and low-grade steel, so not much rust holds the nut tight enough to snap them. So....both really.

I haven't seen them for buying outside of quadratec and junkyards. I'm about to dump my stock ones for napiers, I guess I could ship you a set if all the studs don't break off.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 06:06 PM   #8
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I had a curiosity cuz I wanna pull the flares, do my stripe, then put the flares back over the ends of the vilyl. If its gonna screw up how tight my flares fit I'd rather take the chance of the vinyl peeling.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 06:56 PM   #9
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I had a curiosity cuz I wanna pull the flares, do my stripe, then put the flares back over the ends of the vilyl. If its gonna screw up how tight my flares fit I'd rather take the chance of the vinyl peeling.
I haven't had as manybproblems as most, and have successfully removed and rwinatalled the factory ones before. Bit even with liquid wrench well in advance i lost one stud on each side.
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Guess I got lucky then. I had ripped my RR flare off most of the way on my last camping trip. I had bee. Just jamming it back down into the bracket every few days for a while. Got tired of that and pulled the bracket and remounted properly last weekend. No lube, no breakage. But of dirt and rust fell out, just went carefully with a socket and it came on and off. Maybe had I known it was an issue, I would of treated it differently and had an issue? I would say give it a try, if the first bolt breaks, than hold off or order new brackets.
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Back when I removed my flares for a repaint, they were pretty bad.



So I grinded off all of the rust and welded on some stronger bolts to the, then slapped on some tough paint before bolting them back in.



Here is them reattached inside.

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