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Jeep Wrangler TJ Alternative Fender Flares

The 2004 Jeep Wrangler TJ had manufacturing facility fender flares that have been actually displaying their age and 195,000 miles of abuse. There was no saving these previous flares since they have been so pitted, scratched and solar pale. It was merely a time for a brand new alternative set.

We selected a set of flares that matched the unique Jeep put in ones. We actually wished a set of Rubicon TJ flares however they’re now not made by Jeep and no aftermarket vendor makes them. The fantastic thing about the manufacturing facility Rubicon TJ flares is that they’re 1″ wider than the usual flare..simply sufficient to cowl a bigger tire/wheel mixture. The TJ is to not far off from its manufacturing facility look so wider aftermarket flares could be an excessive amount of. In the long run we determined to stay with the manufacturing facility 3.5″ width.

We picked up a full set of properly made and close to actual copy OMIX alternative TJ flares from Quadratec. The OMIX alternative flares are properly made and a close to actual copy of the unique Jeep flare. The set got here full with new screws, washers and plastic fasteners.

The Outdated Flares

Check out the previous flares above. The scratches, pits and chalky/pale coloration are a results of street use and daylight. Lastly, we additionally determined to restore the rust on the passenger aspect entrance fender. Disclaimer: We’re not physique work specialists so be type.

OMIX Jeep Wrangler TJ Alternative Fender Flares

Like we mentioned above, the OMIX flares are a close to actual direct alternative and require no modifications to put in.

Elimination of the previous Wrangler TJ Fender Flares

In case you are fortunate you are able to do this with an 8mm wrench and a pliers. We used pliers to carry the plastic nut on the within of the physique however a channel lock or comparable will do. There are a number of of the fasteners for the flares that use a bolt as an alternative of a screw, the bolt threads right into a thread insert within the physique. I most circumstances the thread insert with spin within the physique making the bolt close to unimaginable to take away.

It was very troublesome to get entry to the rear of the screws within the rear fenderwells so we eliminated the interior fender liners. Eradicating them isn’t too troublesome and requires popping just a few plastic retainers out. We discovered tons of gravel trapped contained in the liners so the elimination supplies a very good alternative for some cleanup and rust upkeep.

Since our previous flares have been headed to the trash we simply pulled the flare away from the caught bolt and labored the bolt and its insert out of the physique. We’ll use a left over plastic nut and screw to interchange the previous thread insert.

We touched up some floor rust beneath the flares as we moved alongside to sluggish its progress. The alternative Wrangler TJ flares went on easily after every little thing was cleaned up.

Fender Rust Restore

The passenger aspect fender might be due to get replaced however regardless of this we determined to provide some rust restore a go. After watching a number of YouTube movies we determined we have been specialists and went for it..nothing to lose right here. Try the Fender Rust Restore Article for more information on what we did.

Wrapping up the Job

All in all changing the flares isn’t a horrible job, if it wasn’t for the pesky threaded inserts it may very well be finished in a brief period of time. The top result’s fairly apparent as a result of the Jeep appears so clear with out the previous chalky and pale flares. 2004 Wrangler TJ Limitless




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