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Can't remove splash guard without removing flare, also the opposite?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by drewskie, Dec 25, 2019.

  1. Dec 25, 2019 at 1:05 AM
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    drewskie

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    This doesn't make much sense I know, but I am changing out fender flares and want to remove them without breaking all the plastic tabs on the flare itself (happens every time). Many posts on this sub say to remove the plastic splash shield/fender liner to gain access to the back of the fender to pop out the clips, but...... it's impossible to get out the grommets that are under the flare without taking that off first. So what is the proper procedure? Does anyone have the Factory Service Manual to see what they recommend?

    Also, Merry Xmas TW.
     
  2. Dec 26, 2019 at 12:43 AM
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  3. Dec 26, 2019 at 3:12 AM
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    Could you post a picture?

    I took off my front flaps a few years ago when I did my lift and upsized tires and I don’t remember taking off the flares to do so.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2019 at 4:53 AM
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    He's not referring to the mud flap. He is referring to the plastic fender flare and the plastic inner fender.

    Destroy the inner fender clips to gain access to the back of the fender flare to keep from destroying the fender flare and its clips.
     
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  5. Dec 26, 2019 at 5:16 AM
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    The passenger side front flare on my truck had all but like 2 clips broken on it from the PO doing a snorkel install.
    I had to pull the flare and inner fender to get leaves and crap out of there (cowl was not draining), ordered those clips before I did it. Good thing I did because I broke the last couple of clips taking the flare off.
    The Amazon ones fit perfectly.
     
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  7. Dec 27, 2019 at 12:53 AM
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    Did this today, ripped and cut and pulled the shit out of the 10 or so clips, then removed the liner. Somehow the stupid flare tabs are still broken.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM
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    I actually have like 50 of the clips, I am trying to avoid ripping the tabs off the actual flare, since they are not able to be replaced and are incredibly easy to tear off.
     
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  9. Dec 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM
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    Did you not break any of the flare tabs?
     
  10. Dec 27, 2019 at 4:57 AM
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    Uhg that sucks. Those tabs on the flares themselves are so thin!
     
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  11. Dec 27, 2019 at 10:02 PM
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    Try starting on bottom 1st . Remove mud flaps then bolt on bottom of fender and one above mud flaps holding flares to fender .Had to pop bottom of all 4 flares and poped 1st 2 clips on bottom without breaking. Never tried popping rest since I didn't have to but can pull flare out enough to see next clip. Maybe can use interior trim removal tool to remove rest of clip. I will check tommorow . Still working on mine .
     
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  12. Dec 28, 2019 at 2:23 AM
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    Taking out the fender liner is a giant pain in the ass, but once it's out, getting behind the flare to pop the clips out is much easier and doesn't risk breaking the cheap tabs.
     
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  13. Dec 28, 2019 at 6:24 PM
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    Total brain fart on my part.

    My bad!
     
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