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Jeep CJ7 Fender Flares

Tips on Cleaning and Maintaining the Jeep CJ7 Fender Flares

The fender flares of the Jeep CJ7 are designed to tough it out even under harsh driving environments, but they do need a bit of love every now and then. Like the rest of the body panels that comprise the Jeep's exterior, the fender flares are still prone to wearing out and damage due to road debris and other natural elements. Proper maintenance on a regular basis can spell the difference between hardwearing fender flares and prematurely damaged ones. To help you out, here's a list of some ways on how you can maintain your Jeep CJ7 fender flares.

  • Fix minor scratches with a polishing compound.

Hit a rock or a scraped against a tree? A scratch on the fender flare might be your punishment for a poor steering job. But if there is still color present on the scratch, you might still be able to fix it using a polishing compound. Apply the compound onto the scratched area using a soft microfiber cloth and buff it in a circular motion. Buff the area with a car buffer instead of by hand for a more pronounced shine.

  • For deeper scratches, touch-up paint might still save it.

On the other hand, if the scratch has chipped the paint off the flare, you may need to spray it with a bit of touch-up paint. Wash the area thoroughly to remove wax, dirt, and grease, and once its dried spray the scratch with several light coats of paint. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours and apply automotive wax.

  • Clean the underside with a pressure washer.

Everybody knows that cleaning the fender flares is the best way to keep it looking spotless, but many people also tend to over look the underside of the flare. The Jeep's wheel well can quickly build up dirt and mud, which aside from being ugly to look at also tends to absorb rust-inducing moisture. Thankfully, cleaning the fender flare's underbelly is as easy as washing it with a pressure washer. Simply set the washer to a low setting and spray the underside of the flare and the wheel well to shake off any loose dirt or debris. If you don't have a pressure washer available, you can also do the same thing with a brush and a bucket of water, although this can take longer.

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  • Jeep CJ7 Fender Flares: Key Installation Tips Beginners Can Use

    While most trucks have fender flares as an accessory, the ones found in the Jeep CJ7 are more of an essential part of its exterior. Aside from shielding the side panels against mud and debris kicked up by the wheels, the Jeep CJ7 fender flare also make your Jeep look more muscular. So once they get damaged beyond repair, they have to be replaced as soon as possible. If they'll be of any help to you, here are a few tips on how to replace the fender flares of your Jeep CJ7.

    Tip #1: Remove the turn signal.

    The turn signal is connected to the battery via a wiring harness running underneath the fender flare, so make sure to disconnect these first before removing the panel. Reach inside the front edge of the fender flare and locate the wiring harness. Follow the harness until it reaches the turn signal assembly and, using a twisting motion, remove the bulb assembly from the housing.

    Tip #2: Keep the fender flare retainers from spinning using a pair of pliers.

    The fender flare is secured to the fender with a set of screws and retainers. These black plastic retainers are designed to keep the screws in place, and will simply rotate if you try to unscrew it loose. To prevent this, use a pair of pliers to grip the retainer while turning the screw. Take note that some of the flare's mounting have screws secured by body mounted riv-nuts that do not require special tools to remove.

    Tip #3: If the new flares come with adhesive backing, clean the fender's surface as well.

    Some fender flare models are secured by a combination of bolts and extra-strength adhesive backing; some models even rely completely rely on adhesive tape to mount on the fender for “quick and easy” installation with the bolts only as decorative accents. The adhesive backing is nearly as effective in keeping the fender flare in place compared to bolts and screws, but they need to be mounted on a clean surface to ensure complete adhesion.

    If your new set of flares comes with adhesive tape, wash the fender first with car shampoo and let it dry. We also recommend wiping the surface with a cloth soaked in alcohol to remove any wax or grease.