(This, of course, is for a Jeep TJ. Installation on other vehicles
flares that are currently on your jeep.
flares (Probably a little easier than the back since the nuts
are not hidden)
Disconnect the front marker lamp by gently twisting the bulb
from the backside. It should drop right out.
a small ratchet and box-end wrench to remove the 10 bolts
off the front flare. Keep in mind that the two at the rear
of the flare should have captive nuts, so you will not need
the box-end on the back side.
the three bolts holding the front flare extension in place.
You may not be able to get a ratchet to all three. I had to
use a box-end on one since my rocker guards were in the way.
the flare extension forward and it should come off over the
heads of the bolts.
the bolts where the extension was. Make sure you save these
as they are the only bolts you will need to reuse.
the spin-on clip from the marker light (on the backside of the
flare) and remove the light assembly.
or loosen the rear fender inner liner
up under the inside of the wheel well and you will find two
plastic "Christmas Tree" fasteners that are holding
the inner fender liner (or wheel skirting) in place. Removing
these can be done with a screwdriver (although they do make
a special tool) but take your time so as not to break or ruin
these clips. They are needed to hold the liner in place when
you put everything back together.
push the => clips from the outside of the fender in with
a small pair of needle nose pliers. This will cause the inner
liner to come free
a small ratchet and a box-end to remove the eight bolts and
nuts holding the rear flare in place. Again, keep in mind that
the front two and rear two bolts should have captive nuts and
you shouldn't need to use the box-end wrench on those.
the surface under the old flares with alcohol or other cleaner,
making sure to get rid of any dirt on the mating surfaces.
might also be a good time to touch up any scratches you may
have around the fender flare area.
the supplied edge trim on the inside edge (the edge of the
flare that will touch the body). Be careful and take a little
time as you do this. I found the instructions to be very vague
on which side to install the adhesive, but as long as you
are consistent it should work out just fine.
the new hardware supplied, bolt the flares back into place.
is where you will have to start with some minor guess work,
as Bushwacker ships two different sizes of nylon spacers designed
to go between the flare and the body of the vehicle in order
to maintain proper spacing. Unfortunately, they don't tell
you where the different sizes go and they only give you "just"
enough. Note - read the rest of the article
as there is an update to what the instructions have later
the front flare extensions using the stock bolts you took
sure not to over-tighten any of the bolts. Just a little past
snug should be fine.
you have all the bolts installed, you have one last choice
to make - chrome or black. Once you've decided, take the plastic
colored caps out and snap them onto the plastic cap washer
covering each exposed bolt head.
the rear inner fender liner
the => clips back thru the holes in the body.
the "Christmas Tree" fasteners in the holes they
came out of. You may need to tap them in with a small soft