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Saving stock fender liners

Discussion in 'Wrangler JK (2007-2017)' started by jray01, Mar 9, 2019.

  1. Mar 9, 2019 at 5:51 AM
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    jray01

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    Hi all,

    I want to do a massive upgrade on all the trim around my Wrangler. I’ve been thinking about having someone do it for me but after looking at some YouTube videos, it seems like even 5 foot tall me can handle fenders and bumper replacements with an extra hand. All I want to do is just get replacement stock bumpers and fenders because I like the OEM look it has, it’s just that everything is horribly faded after spending a lot of years down in Florida and then in Maryland’s harsh winters recently. (I’ve attached a photo)

    My question is about the fenders, specifically the liners. Obviously the liners are perfectly fine since they’ve never been hit hard by the sun, so I would like to be able to keep them and just replace the fender flares. Is it possible to take the stock liner apart from the stock flare? I don’t want to rip apart the fender flare and not realize that I needed to buy new liners too.

    I’m already spending about $700 on parts and that’s not even including me replacing the running boards to I’d like to not have to buy new liners. Thanks!

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  2. Mar 9, 2019 at 6:00 AM
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    Welcome aboard!!

    As far as saving your wheel well liners you can do so. It's very simple. Theres a handful of push tabs that you take out and one or 2 bolts if I remember correctly. They will separate from the fender with ease. When I replaced my stock fenders with flat ones I kept my inner liners. But I had to trim them to make them fit (which I assed up lol) but you shouldn't have to worry about any of that nonsense
     
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    Awesomeeeeeeeee. It definitely seemed like I could take them off but I definitely wanted to make sure. Thanks!!
     
  4. Mar 9, 2019 at 6:19 AM
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    Welcome @jray01 . As mentioned the wheel well liners can be separated from the fender and reused. The liners are easily trimmed based on the new fender contours . Sections of the liners away from the body were supported by the OEM fender will require support with either some strategically placed bolts or plastic push pins. Post up your project as it should be a nice thread to read.
     
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  5. Mar 9, 2019 at 6:23 AM
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    Bumper replacement will dramatically improve your jeep appearance as the faded grey plastic looks worn. Some jeepers have refinished the fenders successfully in case you want to conserve jeep funds.
     
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    Great idea on posting up the project! I will definitely try and do that. I’ve seen a decent amount of tutorials online and was thinking I might record some of my own to prove anyone with some tools can handle it. Should I buy some extra push pins just in case I might need them? I probably won’t get to doing it until the summer but I’ll keep this thread updated for people to see.

    And regarding trying to refinish them...I had a detailer put like 5 layers of ceramic coating on them and they looked good for a few weeks before going right back to grey. I don’t mind forking out some cash if I can do it myself and it’ll last me a lot longer than any refinishing.

    Thanks so much for your help and comments!
     
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    Plastic push pins do a good job keeping light-weight parts together and not rusting but some tend to break and some can be reused. I bought a big life-time supply of them from Amazon...now I don't care if they break.

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  8. Mar 9, 2019 at 7:30 AM
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    Fantastic. Thanks for the link! I’ll be sure to grab some extra in case!!!
     
  9. Mar 17, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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    When I changed my fenders to steel flat ones i saved and modded the rear liners but the fronts didn't make it. Rears were easy to mod with some tape to line up and a dremel or handsaw.
     
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    You could have had my old bumper .. it went in the dumpster. Both actually, and a hitch receiver.

    If I would have kept the bumper and it would have faded, I would have had it coated with flatbed liner.

    I got inner fenders with my fender flares, at least in the front, no inner fenders on the rear, yet. Might add some at some point, or not. Depends on how they move up or down on my priority list.
     

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