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Old March 31st, 2009, 06:44 PM
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Cool defender wheel arch removal

I am looking to remove my faded old wheel arches and respray them. They are fastened with what appears to be plastic rivets... there is a round head with a dimple in the middle. Do I push the dimple in, remove from the side that isn't facing the wheels,etc. My defender restoration guide(Haynes) is of no help as it talks about removing sheet metal screws and retaining clips(my truck has neither). In short, any tips on removal before I risk butchering the plastic rivets.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 07:32 PM
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The easiest way to do it is to use a small punch to push the center piece all the way through, then the rivet will just pull out. Be careful not to lose the little stem pieces when you push them through, otherwise you will have to buy new ones. They are pretty cheap, but are reusable if you remove them carefully.
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Thanks, sounds easy!
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I just pop them with a screw driver and get new ones. It's a lot easier. They are pretty cheap. Safari Rover has them. It will save you a lot of time.
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Thanks Jon-
Both responses answered my question well.
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Old April 4th, 2009, 08:04 PM
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I just pop them with a screw driver and get new ones. It's a lot easier. They are pretty cheap. Safari Rover has them. It will save you a lot of time.
It is just as quick to do it properly.
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