Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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.
1997 Red Wrangler 4.0L - 5 speed - soft top w/full frame doors - 2 inch spring spacers and 1 inch body lift - 31 x 10.50 BFG on 15 x 8 Pro Comp 8069 rims