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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:28 AM
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Fender Flare Attachment

Installing new flares and it appears that there's not a snowball's chance in hell that the original plastic push bolt connector thingys are going to survive removal. What have people used successfully to attach flares?
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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:29 AM
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I think George has them at RDS.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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Aren't they just regular plastic rivnuts that you can buy at autozone?
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Old June 4th, 2008, 12:50 PM
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I bought some at Lowes... They were not black, but they worked very well. A large box was like $4.00. I used a little sharpy to blacken the heads.

AutoZone has them too, and they are black, but they a small box is $4.00.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 01:09 PM
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I got mine from George.
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You should be able to salvage 90 to 95% of them when you remove them. Use a small diameter drift to push the pin all the way through and look for it as it falls out. The rivit will pry out pretty easy at this time. Some of the pins will get stuck in the various nooks and crannies of the fender but some careful feeling around and you will find them. Push the pins back into the rivits and reinstall.

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Thanks, Chris, I'll give that a try.
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I drilled the damn heads off and started fresh. I bought replacements christmas trees @ the ace hardware up the street. Exact same part 15 cents each
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Old June 4th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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Doug - I wonder if you're talking about the same fasteners? I've removed my fender flares several times, and they really do come out quite easily as Chris mentioned. Once the center pin is popped out, there's nothing holding them in. I've only replaced them when I've lost the center pin.
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I have fought the UK trucks flares fasteners and had good luck, mostly, removing NAS fender flare fasteners. The correct part is inexpensive and a better fit usually.
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Heck the easiest thing to do is what I have done, Drive the the pins out and go out and but some small stainless steel screws. Screw them in. that way you can remove the flares easily if need be.
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Heck the easiest thing to do is what I have done, Drive the the pins out and go out and but some small stainless steel screws. Screw them in. that way you can remove the flares easily if need be.
Yes good point. I do that too with the orphaned pieces I loose pins for. Can't say I bother with stainless. The orphaned ones go on the 'beaters'
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Old June 5th, 2008, 11:32 AM
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on my NAS 90 there were no center pins just a plastic push in christmas tree type that are hard to salvage. The center pin/expanding type I have not had the pleasure of working with.
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The orphaned ones go on the 'beaters'
I'll have to check Sheki's truck to see if he has any orphaned fasteners on it
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You should be able to salvage 90 to 95% of them when you remove them. Use a small diameter drift to push the pin all the way through and look for it as it falls out. The rivit will pry out pretty easy at this time. Some of the pins will get stuck in the various nooks and crannies of the fender but some careful feeling around and you will find them. Push the pins back into the rivits and reinstall.

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Worked perfectly, thanks for the pointer!
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