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Unread 05-21-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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Quick-release bolts?

Hey all,

Long story short. I'm registered in Utah, where inspection shops have been cracking down and actually enforcing things such as insufficiently sized fender flares, lack of mud flaps, third brake lights, etc.

So, this last year I had to drop ~$200 just to put larger (and uglier) fender flares on my TJ. I want to put the originals back on, but I'll have to put the wide ones back on every year for inspections. Bolting the fender flares on and off is a boring, time consuming process.

I need your help with some ingenuity. I need a bolt/fastener of some sort that I can use to attach the fender flares, and remove them quickly and easily. I'm thinking there might be some kind of bolt with a lever-secured action - release the lever, and the bolt releases; depress the lever, and the bolt holds securely.

It doesn't necessarily have to be lever-driven; I just need to be able to remove and attach the bolts quickly...This type of fastener *must* exist! Any thoughts?

-Rich

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Unread 05-21-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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we have the same issues in hawaii. i simply replaced the original hardware for small bolts and wingnuts. it takes me only a few minutes to strip the flares off.
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Unread 05-21-2009, 02:38 PM   #3
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You can use Dzus fasteners.

The initial expense is kind of high and they'll take a while to install the first time but after that, changing your flares will take seconds.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #4
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You can use Dzus fasteners.

The initial expense is kind of high and they'll take a while to install the first time but after that, changing your flares will take seconds.
Please explain some more. Seems like a great idea.
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Unread 05-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Look into Dzus or camlock fasteners. They are a pain to install the initial time, but are awesome.

They are quarter turn fasteners. 1/4 turn to lock, 1/4 turn to remove. The receptacle is secured into the fender on the jeep and the fastener is secured into the flare.

They are used extensively on aircraft to hold engine Cowlings and panels on that need to be removed often. So if it can stay on in flight at 150+ knots... Should be good for a jeep.
Check out http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/...t_1camloc.html

To see what we are talking about...

Hell... This just gave me an idea
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Unread 10-06-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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Why not just use a couple pins and cotters to put them on for the inspection?
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