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Old June 2nd, 2011, 01:10 PM
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Fender Flare buttons

Does someone have an alternative to the plastic buttons? Was thinking a screw with a washer?
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 01:14 PM
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 02:40 PM
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I'd stay with the buttons. I broken button is easier to replace than a broken wheel flare. Rovafarm has the buttons.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 02:56 PM
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The buttons are more likely to let go and let the flare rip off instead of tearing the wing panel, too. If you hook a tree with a flare that's riveted on, the wing is going to be thrashed.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 03:02 PM
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most napa and autopart stores carry what they call "Christmas trees"
https://www.kimballmidwest.com/catal...ges/10-592.jpg


usually about 5 bucks for a bag of 20 or so, they come in removable and pry out style like above. Cheap and effective
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Are you talking about something like this?

http://www.pro-dec.com/screw-caps-sc...2-12-snap-caps

I've used these on my Roccia fender flares (DI) and roof rack bolts.
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 03:19 PM
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You can get something similar from Home Depot... They are like $5 for a bunch of them. But, you will need to paint them black, the come white.
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Now that you mention a hardware store, you can also get them at ACE Hardware and they have them in black.
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http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=plastic+rivet

Here is what I have seen used... Works just fine.
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Thanks. I was just trying to find something that is easy to take off and on. Now I know I can use the hardware store alternative, I wont be so pissed off when I break the ones that are in there.
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Thanks. I was just trying to find something that is easy to take off and on. Now I know I can use the hardware store alternative, I wont be so pissed off when I break the ones that are in there.
to take the ones off that come from harbor freight all you do is use a center punch and tap them and they pop right out. They are one time use only...
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I use the button but instead of using the little plastic dowel I use a stainless screw,That way if you need to remove it later it is a breeze
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You can use them again if you salvage the plastic rowel and the fastener doest break. On newer ones it's easy to reuse them. If they are old and brittle then you can usually reuse maybe 50% of them.
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I use the button but instead of using the little plastic dowel I use a stainless screw,That way if you need to remove it later it is a breeze

That is genius. I will look into that. I take it its, a fairly small screw?
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That is genius. I will look into that. I take it its, a fairly small screw?
I would guess a #8 oval head
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