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post #1 of 20 Old 10-25-2021, 07:51 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on how to remove fender flares

So the aftermarket flares on my '92 are in bad shape & I picked up an OEM set. The PO bolted the flares on, but the heads of many of the bolts are partially or fully inside the cut out and I can't seem to get anything on it; sockets or needle-nose vice grips. The picture is one of the less deeply inset bolts. Some are fully inside the cutout.

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-25-2021, 09:06 AM
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Thin wall socket

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Or....

Are they plastic or steel? Hard to tell by the photo.

If you have a Dremel, there are certain grinding heads that would be able to make quick work of enlarging those holes if not even a thin walled socket will get to them.

If they are plastic, I'd slit it and rip them off lol. That would give you ample space to get at those bolts

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They are metal. Hadn’t considered a dremel and, honestly, I’ve never even heard of a thin wall socket, but you can bet I’m picking some up.
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Thin wall socket? (Edit to add, already mentioned above.)

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My 1/4" dr air ratchet and ANY 10MM socket that I have that fits it along with a little controlled aggression from the hands of a career dude...... These are really easy..... and yes..... I still prefer air to electrical tools for most things around a car. I really do. Kinda off topic but one of these fits in tight places, is very quiet and is stronger than electric for a lot less money. I prefer it too my $750 dollar electric Snap-on piece of crap.

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If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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My 1/4" dr air ratchet and ANY 10MM socket that I have that fits it along with a little controlled aggression from the hands of a career dude...... These are really easy..... and yes..... I still prefer air to electrical tools for most things around a car. I really do.
I really thought this was going to be a 45 minute project until I found these buried guys. When I poke around online, the only thin wall sockets I see are impact sockets. I don’t need all that. I imagine they’ll come out easy if I can get anything on them.
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Ive had to get a cheap socket and grind it down before to fit in some tight spots. Put it on a drill and spin it as your grind, works like a charm.
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Look at your 1/4 drive socket set. Most of those are fairly thin. Sacrificing a socket to the grinder is good too.

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Add large diameter washers before the head of the bolts and put them back on. MOre surface area, should let them sink into the plastic fender as much
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+1 on making a thin wall socket on a grinder. BTDT.

And a +1 on more air tools than electric for working on vehicles and stuff. I have 12 air tools mounted in a circle and held vertically in female air hose fittings on a piece of 3/4 marine plywood. And one cordless drill.

Picking up impact sockets to get a thin wall may not be a bad idea as work on the Jeep later may reveal a need for impact driving. DAMHIK.

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+1 on making a thin wall socket on a grinder. BTDT.

And a +1 on more air tools than electric for working on vehicles and stuff. I have 12 air tools mounted in a circle and held vertically in female air hose fittings on a piece of 3/4 marine plywood. And one cordless drill.

Picking up impact sockets to get a thin wall may not be a bad idea as work on the Jeep later may reveal a need for impact driving. DAMHIK.
OP- All of the ideas posted so far should work for removing these bolts. You could also try cutting a slot for a straight blade screwdriver into the bolt head.

Mark- Does your round plywood spin so up you can select the tool of choice? I’m trying to understand your pneumatic tool storage idea, can post a picture? I’m always open to creating better ways to organize & save space.

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Add large diameter washers before the head of the bolts and put them back on. MOre surface area, should let them sink into the plastic fender as much
This was my plan to avoid a headache like this in the future.
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+1 on making a thin wall socket on a grinder. BTDT.

And a +1 on more air tools than electric for working on vehicles and stuff. I have 12 air tools mounted in a circle and held vertically in female air hose fittings on a piece of 3/4 marine plywood. And one cordless drill.

Picking up impact sockets to get a thin wall may not be a bad idea as work on the Jeep later may reveal a need for impact driving. DAMHIK.
I have impact sockets, but I can’t imagine a thin wall impact is thinner than a 1/4” drive standard socket.
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Out of curiosity, what size socket is needed? Probably 7/16 or 1/2", but can't really tell.

Hard to believe one of these wouldn't get in there. I think you might have to grind the end of the socket to get rid of the chamfer. But the OD should be okay.

https://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-...saAlfpEALw_wcB

Lastly, "thin wall" and "impact" are an oxymoron.

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