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Bolt on flare mod (poor mans bushwhackers)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Boogyman, Aug 22, 2015.

  1. Aug 22, 2015 at 12:35 PM
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    Boogyman

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    like everyone else i broke the clip holders off the inside of my flare making it impossible to attach my flares. I've seen a couple other ways to mount them that i wasn't a fan of and i can't stand the flare-less look.

    i used

    (34) 1.5in 3/8s bolts
    IMG_6851_zpstfkrbqep_5cba1eecf2837776ca7d4b0bc6094e2ce2fc42cf.jpg

    drill with a 3/8s bit (i used a slightly smaller bit and reamed it out to fit)


    first thing to do obviously is to pull off your flares. try not to break those clip holders anymore if you can help it. having them makes drilling a hell of a lot easier.
    IMG_6854_zps9vfz4tme_94011e002202c39222c074e9dee6331ba4fa5b97.jpg
    now id recommend cleaning all the dirt out from behind your flare. pull out those clips. i bet they're destroyed by now so theres no use in saving them. just get them out.

    now that they're out break out the drill. drill from the inside of the flare out using the clip holders as your mark to drill. if they're missing a clip holder like a couple of mine just skip it and we'll come back to it.
    IMG_6858_zpsv4rmxnoc_6a11b9ad2f5272ca71eec93fb23c87a3403fc1a3.jpg
    don't judge my makeshift drill. I'm impatient and couldn't find mine.

    the front side of the flare should now look like this.
    IMG_6859_zpswzdrboaa_ee3ba1ab8181ef23a0e33a101803ec9016aa3442.jpg
    make sure all the bolts fit into the holes you drilled and align the flare and turn the bolt into the fender. the threading of these bolts grip the fender and you won't need any nuts unless your paranoid. I've gone about 1k miles now and they're still solid.
    IMG_6863_zps6x64gp3j_d4f3fa3daefb78f7f8a5bd71cb4ba3b1e9ab0aa6.jpg
    IMG_6864_zpstpqyisn8_775194d94bd2637a951f28d68b5936bf3bd71ef8.jpg
    if you have any broken bridges take a sharpie and mark from the inside of the fender holes onto the flare. then remove the flare and drill where you marked from the inside.
    now tighten them down securely. i tightened mine just enough not to warp the flare. i used a socket with tape on the end so i didn't scratch up my flares too badly.
    IMG_6865_zpssm2apral_5b3f70840606f5ea622f4a1063cb1e32a6650eb3.jpg
    IMG_6866_zpsawz7ea6n_9a161b25964829f8c6eb6db74de53f7d8a0dbb0a.jpg
    now do the other 3 the same way and enjoy your removable flares

    IMG_6874_zpsrr64qhj9_a28fa83b3f77271f517cbaa9adcd02059df67810.jpg
    IMG_7034_zps7wds66n7_2232121f0171854742d192457718dbc844276091.jpg
     
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  2. Aug 22, 2015 at 12:38 PM
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    Interesting.... I just used superglue
     
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  3. Aug 25, 2015 at 2:51 PM
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    use some button head bolts for a cleaner look and more like the bushwackers
     
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  4. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:26 AM
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    Looks good bud!
     
  5. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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    i thought about doing that but i kinda like the way the bigger bolts look. i might change to those eventually though.
     
  6. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:48 AM
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    thanks man!
     
  7. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:49 AM
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    My only suggestion for anyone doing this is to use Stainless hardware.
     
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  8. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:50 AM
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    i painted my bolt after the install pics to keep them from rusting but stainless would probably be a better idea if your in an area that does road salt
     
  9. Aug 26, 2015 at 10:28 AM
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    I like it.
     
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  10. Aug 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM
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    This is actually pretty cool, I like the look better than bushwackers.
     
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    shoulda used these :cool:
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    or
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    or better yet :D
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  12. Aug 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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    So the bolts thread directly against the paint and body in the holes? Potential rust locations?
     
  13. Aug 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM
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    Maybe if you scrape all the paint out of the fender clip holes when threading but I didn't see any getting scraped off. I'm in SC so rust is far from a problem here. You should be fine as long as your bolts don't rust
     
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    Totally rad bruh
     
  15. Dec 8, 2015 at 4:53 PM
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    All done! Well I need to repaint the bolts. I went with washers as well
    image.jpg image.jpg
     
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  16. Dec 8, 2015 at 4:58 PM
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    did you use bolts on the inside or let them grip the fender holes like i did
     
  17. Dec 8, 2015 at 7:04 PM
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    Yes bolts on outside and inside :goingcrazy:


    Hehe I used nuts
     
  18. Dec 8, 2015 at 7:05 PM
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    Lol probably a good idea. I think I'm gonna put some nuts on mine after popping the lower portion of the flare off
     
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    I LIKE WHAT YOU GOT.
     
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    SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT

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