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Jeep Wrangler TJ Fender Flares

How to Care for Your Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Fender Flares

Fender flares meant for the Jeep Wrangler (TJ) are built to last, but they won't last that long without regular maintenance. Jeep Wrangler (TJ) fender flares are still susceptible to wear and damage from outside sources, but these can be effectively kept at bay with proper care and use.

In this guide, we share some simple tips on how to take care of your Wrangler's fender flares.

  • Avoid using cleaning products that contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals.

These chemicals are strong enough to strip away the protective coating of the fender flare, exposing it to damaging elements. In the same manner, you should also avoid using brushes and other similar abrasive cleaning aids as these too can damage the fender flare surface.

  • Add a layer of car wax or polish on the flare after every wash.

Like your truck's body panels, the fender flares will also benefit from a coating of car wax or polish after a thorough washing. Aside from giving the flare a shinier, more vibrant look, the wax or polish also helps repel dirt and moisture and in some cases minimize the damage caused by UV rays from the sun. When applying car wax or polish, we recommend doing so by hand, as a car buffer tends to spin too fast and generate heat that could do more harm than good on the fender flares.

  • Keep the mounting bolts dry and free from moisture.

Even with higher end fender flare models that have rust-resistant hardware, they are still susceptible to rust over time. The recessed designs of most fender flare mounting points further contribute to this as these allow water to accumulate and speed up corrosion. If you notice moisture accumulating on the fender flare's bolts, wipe them with a clean cloth immediately. And in the event that one of the bolts has become rusted, don't hesitate to remove and clean them, or replace them if needed.

  • Pay attention to rattling noises or vibrations coming from the fender flares.

This might indicate that the flares are loose and need to be tightened or the adhesive backing to be replaced.

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  • Installation Tips for Jeep Wrangler (TJ) Fender Flares

    A high-quality fender flare allows you to equip bigger wheels on the Jeep Wrangler (TJ), keep mud splatter to a minimum, and give your truck a more distinct, aggressive look. And if you are bit of a do-it-yourselfer, these fender flares are also easy enough to install even in your very own garage. Most Jeep Wrangler (TJ) fender flares sold today also come in kits that include all the necessary parts and hardware, so you can basically start fitting on the flares to your ride straight out from the packaging.

    If you plan on installing Jeep Wrangler (TJ) fender flares on your own, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. Here are some additional tips you can use to help you during the installation process:

    Tip#1: Check the fit of the new flares.

    Lay the flare against the body of your Wrangler; if it's the correct fit, the bottom edge should align the bottom of the fender and the front with the bumper. In some cases, you may need to do minor adjustments or modifications to the fender flare to ensure a seamless fit onto the fender.

    Tip#2: If the flares come with adhesive backing, make sure that the area is clean of dirt and dust.

    The adhesive backing will not stick properly to a dirty or greasy surface. Wiping the area with a cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol should be able to remove any minor amounts of dirt, grease, and wax on the surface, although seriously grimy surfaces will require a thorough washing. Also, if the Wrangler's previous flare also had an adhesive backing, remove the oil adhesive with mineral oil.

    Tip#3: Tighten the bolts according to the recommended torque.

    Even with an adhesive backing, a fender flare will eventually fall off if its mounting bolts are loosely tightened. On the other hand, over-tightened bolts may put strain on the flare and cause it to crack over time.

    Tip#4: If the fender flare requires drilling, make sure to follow the template included with the kit.

    Keep in mind that drilling may compromise the integrity of the fender assembly, so as a rule, you should not drill a hole through it unless specified in the manual.