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Damaged Fender Flare

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by skeezix, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Oct 5, 2011 at 7:28 PM
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    skeezix

    skeezix [OP] Well-Known Member

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    1998 Limited
    I broke one of the fiberglass fender flares on my 1998 Tacoma (which is otherwise in flawless shape). See attached photos.

    Estimated cost from two different body shops:

    $337 for a new (unpainted) one :eek: , or,
    $240 to repair the broken one (4 hours at $60/hour)

    I thought about fixing it myself to save the $240 (money is a bit tight here) but am not sure just how to go about it. I thought I would rejoin the two pieces by epoxying a metal strap on the inside, then replacing all the loose stuff on the outside with fiberglass or Bondo, then smoothing it out and having it repainted.

    Am I on the right track here or is there a better way? Or would I just be wasting my time? I've never done anything like this before.

    fenderflare-1.jpg
    fenderflare-2.jpg
    fenderflare-4.jpg
     
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