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Old 22 Jan 2004, 02:21 am
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Default Fender Removal

Has anyone removed there front fender.. I have a small door ding crease that I want out and the best way to take it out is to remove the fender so I can work it out with a body hammer..Is it pretty easy to remove the fender?
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Old 22 Jan 2004, 02:29 am
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From the service manual:

FRONT FENDER
REMOVAL
(1) Remove headlamp housing.
(2) Right side of vehicle remove front side rail
access pulley splash shield.
(3) Remove splash shield.
(4) Remove fender to fascia nuts.
(5) Remove fender bolt to lower rocker panel (Fig.3).
(6) Remove fender bolt to lower cowl.
(7) Pull fascia away from fender.
(8) Remove bolts attaching fender to upper rail.
(9) Remove fender from vehicle.
INSTALLATION
(1) Place fender in position on vehicle (Fig. 3) .
(2) Start the center upper rail bolt.
(3) From inside engine compartment, install all
the bolts attaching fender to upper rail and tighten.
(4) Install lower cowl panel bolt to fender.
(5) Install rocker panel bolt to fender.
(6) Place fascia into position.
(7) Install fender to fascia nuts.
(8) Install inner splash shield.
(9) Install right side pulley splash shield.
(10) Install headlamp assembly.
(11) Check fender for flush and gap.
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Old 23 Jan 2004, 12:17 am
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Way to go IRPT, if a question is asked, you usually are one of the first to post the answer.
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Way to go IRPT, if a question is asked, you usually are one of the first to post the answer.
Thanks Hooligan, I like to help, if I can.
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Old 23 Jan 2004, 11:40 am
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"I like to help, if I can" hey irpt can you get rid of this cold weather for me?? (lol( (just kidding) i feel the same as hooligan always there with great info!!
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quote:Originally posted by bobs turbo pt

"I like to help, if I can" hey irpt can you get rid of this cold weather for me??
Sure Bob, I can do that. That's a big job and will take me awhile but I'll start on it today. Expect to see the temps rising in about 3 months, 2 1/2 months if I continue to work on it on the weekends.
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Old 01 Feb 2013, 07:02 pm
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Default Re: Fender Removal

Thanks IRPT. Your post was helpful.

I performed a fender change the other day and would like to offer a few insights.

The swap took me about 2 hours, but I went slow. I used a magnetic dish to keep all the nuts, bolts, and clips together.

Make sure you use a METAL trim tool (angled with a screwdriver-type handle) to "walk out" the plastic button fasteners that hold the splash guard on. Removing these plastic buttons without destroying them - was the hardest part of this fender swap. The yellow or blue plastic trim removal tools you see at Harbour Freight - bend too easily and just don't work for this job. The small bolts (8mm?) that hold the splash guard to the fender opening) came off easily. There was a cluster of these 8mm bolts attaching the black molded plastic splash guard to the fender. 1 or 2 are longer than the others, so make sure you replace them in the same spot as before.

There are 8 10mm bolts and 4 10mm nuts that hold the fender in place.

There are 4 10mm nuts that hold the headlamp assembly on. I recommend removing the headlight and its 3 bulb connectors (after the splash guard is removed) BEFORE you pull the old fender away.

Lay the old and new fender upside down and side by side. There are many small clips. 2 stud bolts (that are used to attach the far side of the fasia), and 2 side-by-side plastic spacers/stud assembly (for pinching/securing the the fasia into place) that you'll need to transfer over to the new fender. I found that every fender hole (round and squared) is utilized, so it's important to transfer EVERY clip (even the tiny ones) over to the new fender.

The best way to get the new fender mounted is to start at the very front mounting stud bolt next to the headlamp opening and grille opening. You'll need to walk it in low, then pop it up through its mounting hole. Once it's in that hole, you can swing the fender inward to line it up with the rest of its mounting holes.

BTW: I purchased the new fender off of eBay. It cost about $43 and $52 to ship. It was stamped Made in Taiwan. Its thickness (gauge?) is slightly lesser than the OEM fender, but it aligned up perfectly. The gaps between the hood and front door are spot on stock. For $98 I could not be happier.
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