post #1 of Old 12-31-2008, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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how to remove fender flares??

I know this sounds like an easy question but I went to remove mine today and it looks like there is a little insert that spins when I turn the bolt. Do I just grind the bolt off or is there another secret to do this ?
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Hold it with needle nose pliers.
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The last time I took mine of I had to use a wrench on one side while a turned the bolt with a another wrench. Whatever you do resist the urge to break out the grinder! Oh yeah and on the back you might have to bend the inner fender well plastic up and out of the way to get to the nut.
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Hello,
It is like there rusted enough where I can't hold them and there are some you can't get to.
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i tried the neddle nose pliers but i could not grip it tight enough to keep it from spinning. i ended up just putting enough force on it to pop the whole thing out crew and all. but i was not to worried about it either because the rocker gaurds would cove the hole it left anyway.
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I just took mine off a couple days ago to paint them. I just held the back with my fingers and used a wrench on the nut.

Edit: The rear flares are hard, you either have to pull your wheel wells off, or pull them down enough to slide your hand or pliers in there to hold the back piece.

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There is no nut to get to!
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There is no nut to get to!
correct! i believe you are talking about the small 12" flare below the door?
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There is no nut to get to!
Mine must be weird or something cause they were held on with bolts!
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yes, that is the piece I'm talking about.
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The last time I took mine of I had to use a wrench on one side while a turned the bolt with a another wrench. Whatever you do resist the urge to break out the grinder! Oh yeah and on the back you might have to bend the inner fender well plastic up and out of the way to get to the nut.
BINGO!!!

That's what I did with mine and added a ton of extra work with drilling the screws out of the inserts.

Not fun.
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You can push up on inner wheel well liner and hold the nutserts with a pair of pliers! It's pretty basic!
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Are they going back on? If not, just yank them off. I had a couple spinning in my tub but I was putting crusher corners on so I just pulled. They will give and come over the bolts if needed.

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Try to back off the bolts just a little cuz that little peace slides off. Just pulll if you are putting on rocker guards. Just watch and make sure u dont pull the body out of wack.

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I just replaced front fenders on my Jeep. The fender flares were a bear to get off. The majority of the screws have a plastic block on the back that I was able to hold with a pair of channel locks. There were 2 or 3 screws on the fender flare that went into a 6 sided insert that went into the fender under the fender flare. The screws were rusted (I have a 1997 Wrangler and live in Michigan where salt is the name of the game in the winter) into the insert so badly that all it did was turn the 6 sided insert in the hole in the fender. There was no way you could hold it with channel locks. Same was true for 2 of the 3 screws that hold the fender flare extension on. I ended up cutting them off with a sawzaw (very carefully - wished I had a small grinder or Dremmel tool). In remounting them, I used all new screws into the plastic blocks and used a screw/washer/nut on the last 2 or 3 fender flare screws. For the lower fender flare extension, I found some plastic wing nuts, much like a molly bolt and ground it down a little and hammered them into the lower cowl, then drove new screws into them. Those darn 6 sided inserts were like $5.00+ from the Jeep stealership, special ordered at that. A trip to my local hardware netted me something to put it back togeather with for less then $5 total.

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