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Fender Flare Repair

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by HBMurphy, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    HBMurphy

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    Has anyone repaired there front fender flares when the tabs (where the blue and orange clips fit in) have broken off? I have about 5 tabs broken off - I cant believe that the connection points are SOOOO THIN!!!! WTF? :mad:

    I bought a large sheet (alright a HUGE sheet) of .096" thick piece of ABS today thinking that I would be able to fabricate something or at the very lease make some gussets on the ones that haven't broken off (yet!).

    Any solutions or any ideas?

    I've looked at the bushwackers but I'm not real hip on the idea of having the exposed bolts - I like the look of the factory flares, just not the flimsyness of their design.

    TIA!!!
     
  2. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    i took mine into the dealership. the body guy there reattached them (not sure how, i could find out tomorrow for ya if you like!)
     
  3. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:19 PM
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    That would be great! I have new clips but the places to clip them to are gone or broken. Thanks!
     
  4. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:20 PM
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    Do you have the broken tabs ? If you do, plastic weld them back on.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:22 PM
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    ya my lower flare was smashed off. the clips were completely snapped off and the previous owner/shop just siliconed it back on at the tab location.


    i really cant remember what they did, but they didnt charge me for it and i had to drive around for 24 hrs with electrical tape holding it in place :)

    i have pics of it hanging off in my gallery thingy
     
  6. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:23 PM
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    mine were still stuck in the clips but they said that it likely wouldnt hold since they are such thin plastic
     
  7. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:33 PM
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    Silicone! That sounds like a GREAT IDEA! What the hell, even if it didn't work out - It wouldn't ruin the paint. I knew my women was right when she called this place Smarty Pants World! :)

    Now what am I going to do with this 4x8 sheet of ABS! ;)
     
  8. Oct 21, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    the silicone held up well (i have owned my truck for a year and halfish) and its been through a long canadian winter and only let go this fall so it should be a good temp fix if you need it :)
     
  9. Oct 21, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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    Come to think of it, I had a gf that had silicone and they held up quite nicely too! :D
     
  10. Oct 21, 2009 at 10:17 PM
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    dude..do what i'm getting ready to do...drill holes in the plastic flare where the blue/orange tabs go...and bolt them on the fender Bushwhacker style



    EDIT: when are you heading out to All Pro's desert shack..i'll be there around 5ish friday evening
     
  11. Oct 21, 2009 at 10:24 PM
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    Dang Murphy,

    You are beating this 09 TACO so fast. I'm shedding tears and pouring 40's curbside for ya. . . You sure are enjoying it though. :D

    Your TACO will be in prayers tonight
     
  12. Oct 21, 2009 at 10:34 PM
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    Bushwacker style? There's another guy that did that on here... It would work. PM to you regarding All Pro Shack time.

    Thanks for the prayers... It's all good. I did like it new - but using it has been fun too. It still looks good... It just has character now!

    When I am sitting on my death bed I maybe saying a lot of things but one of them won't be "I wish I babied that thing a bit more!" ;)
     
  13. Oct 21, 2009 at 10:40 PM
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    lol, you and me are on the different ends of the spectrum.
     
  14. Oct 21, 2009 at 11:36 PM
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    Don't be scared - I have my car that I like dent and scratch free! ;)
     
  15. Oct 21, 2009 at 11:40 PM
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    I replaced one of my orange tabs today. I couldn't figure it out so I took it to my new buddy at The Truck Shop (James, the owner) and he grabbed some special tool that grabbed the broken clip and pulled it out. He then used the same tool to pop the new clip in and then he pushed the flare onto the new clip and voila. :D


    (He did it for free by the way. :p)
     
  16. Oct 21, 2009 at 11:42 PM
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    Just grab them with needle nose pliers and turn them 90 degrees and the pop right out. You can also get replacement ones at Fastenal for ~90c each
     
  17. Oct 22, 2009 at 8:09 AM
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    Sounds good.... did you glue some kind of boss to the fender flare? Do you have exposed screws? :confused: Thanks!
     
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    Gotcha!
     
  19. Oct 22, 2009 at 9:04 AM
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    For the l-bracket tabs on the flares themself, JB Weld works great.
     
  20. Nov 5, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    How do you remove the danm flares? I've got all the screws off, do you just pull hard? Dont want to break it, heh.


    oops, I have a 1st gen
     
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