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post #1 of 16 Old 02-23-2008, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Fender flare install and nutserts are a pain...

I was installing new bushwacker 6" pocket style fender flares and having a hell of a time trying to get the bolts out of the 2-3 nutserts on the front fenders closest to the door... The ones that I could reach behind and feel were just spinning and rusted to the bolt, i tried pliers but maybe i will try vice grips any tips? I also cant get some of the ones that are not accessible from the back? Do I drill them out and put new bigger nutserts in?

Right now they are on but it doesnt look clean because i used some metal wire to tie around the bolts that wouldnt come out and through the bolt hole in the flare and then tied it off. So they are on and wont come off but i want to do it right...Any tips for me on this? thanks guys

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post #2 of 16 Old 02-23-2008, 11:04 AM
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I had and have the same exact problems, I need to take all my flares off to put on new ones and its the most difficult thing ive run into yet, I tried pliers, wrenches, wd40, etc etc. The thing thats stumping me right now is the back fenders, theres screws that just turn and no back to hold the nutserts. Im stumped as well.
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Just pull the inner fender liner. Then you can clearly see and get to each of the nutserts.

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I this if a little different but check out this write for the warn 6 inch flares, maybe it will help. http://www.links4jeeps.com/writeups/...warn6inch1.php, If you would post some pictures I think you will get more help. I was thinking of getting these myself, what size tires are you trying to cover with the 6 inch flares and what do you think of them besides the install?

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I had and have the same exact problems, I need to take all my flares off to put on new ones and its the most difficult thing ive run into yet, I tried pliers, wrenches, wd40, etc etc. The thing thats stumping me right now is the back fenders, theres screws that just turn and no back to hold the nutserts. Im stumped as well.
You probably know this already, but in case you didn't....

I just did mine Friday. I think there's only 3 nutserts on the front fenders...2 closest to the door and 1 on the very front.

I may have that backwards...

The others have a square plastic retainter that the sheet metal screw threads into. Doesn't fit a wrench or anything.

So..I don't doubt you have nutserts spinning..just didn't want you chasing all the screws. I held the retainers with my fingers, but pliers would work.

Likewise, in the rear fenders, there's only nutserts on the ends. The middles are all the plastic dealies... Pull the liner and you can get at the back of all of them.

BTW....I don't even know why they bothered with nutserts. I can put my hand on the back of all of them. So, if you ruin them on the removal...you can just replace it with washers and nuts.
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I used vice grips on the spinning nutserts (not the plastic square things) and they still didt come off...should I drill through the screw and put in a newer (and now has to be a bigger) nutsert? Ill post pics when I get my camera back from the shop.
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I used vice grips on the spinning nutserts (not the plastic square things) and they still didt come off...should I drill through the screw and put in a newer (and now has to be a bigger) nutsert? Ill post pics when I get my camera back from the shop.
Yeah...I wouldn't worry about drilling them out. Since you have access to the back of all of them, you can do like you said..just use a washer on the screw.

If they're exposed, like on a Bushwacker Flare, I'd stick to the same size screw with a washer so it looks the same as the others. If it's going to be hiidden, like factory fenders, the go with a bigger screw...

Almost anything else I'd recommend would be more destructive...
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a friend installed his flares with normal tools. it was a pain and took hours.
i bought such a wrench before and it took only 1 hour for all flares.


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The only problem with mine is the nutserts are rusted to the back of the nuts, ill have to find someway to cut em out.
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get yerself a cheap 4" grinder, throw a cutoff wheel on it,and cut the bolt head off. You might scratch the inside of the flare a little, but who cares, you can't see it. Thats how I did mine yesterday. then I took a small puch and popped the nutserts out of the fender.

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How do you put the fender back on though, screws with nuts?
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My flares are attached with zip ties!!! They have been for years.
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What spots did you use zip ties, all the holes ?
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What spots did you use zip ties, all the holes ?
Correct....well, all the holes that are opened and can be looped back to zip into. I drove for nearly 2 years back and forth to work, 2 1/2 hours each direction. Its seen plenty of highway miles. The cities of DC and Baltimore which are loaded with potholes. As well as offroad. They're still attached.
I use 8" zip ties. They are 'rated' (I don't know how they rate them) to 75 lbs each zip tie. More than enough strength to hold on the flares.
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I got some new wrenches to get mine off. Everything was going easy as pie, but the bolts by at the bottom rear of the front passenger flare are a real pain. There is nothing behind them holding them in either. I don't get it, they just spin but don't come out.

Lol and to think I had all you guys beat with getting mine off....then I hit a brick wall.

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