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Unread 08-18-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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TJ Fender Flares

I recently purchased a set of 6" fender flares for my TJ SE. I started to take off the stock flares when I encountered several screws that just turn and will not back out. Some I found out I cannot get to the back of to put a wrence on so they don't spin. Is there a specific way to remove these? I figured it would take about an hour to swap them out but I am still on the first front one trying to remove the screws. Any suggestions on doing this would greatly be appreciated.

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Unread 08-18-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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Can you place a flat screwdriver head between the screw head and fender, to pry against the back of the screw head? That should allow the thread to grip and back out.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 08:46 AM   #3
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You should be able to reach any of them that are spinning.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 09:02 AM   #4
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Same what the others said re: screw driver. But there is one you can't get to the back. Fortunately those didn't spin for me. I was able to get vise grips on the others. This should be a quick job but was a bit of a pain and took longer than anticipated.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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I used a die grinder to take the head off the bolt that was seized in the nutsert. Then when the flare was off I ground the lip off the nutsert and pushed it inside the tub. I then fitted new stainless steel nutserts in an M5 size, which meant enlarging the hole ever so slightly. Fitting the flare back on I used a stainless bolt and anti seize too for good measure.
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Unread 08-18-2012, 01:06 PM   #6
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you pull then inner wheel well down, pry with srewdriver... then take your hand and reach up there and grab it... the inner fender is plastic, you my need to cut a few retaining snaps to more easly pull the well down. then when your done, stuff that ***** back up in there.
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you pull then inner wheel well down, pry with srewdriver... then take your hand and reach up there and grab it... the inner fender is plastic, you my need to cut a few retaining snaps to more easly pull the well down. then when your done, stuff that ***** back up in there.
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Unread 08-19-2012, 03:47 PM   #8
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There are 8 total (I think) nutserts in the body that you cannot reach to by pulling back the inner fender liner. With the nutserts, either pry against them with a flathead screwdriver, or cut them off with a dremel bit or something of that sort. I just went through this Friday installing my new rear flares. They suck. The rest you can reach up to and hold the rubber/plastic nut still.
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