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Jeep Wrangler YJ Fender

Maintenance Tips for the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Fender

There's really no argument that the fenders in your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) should be maintained. After all, the fenders are part of the "face" of the Wrangler, and a dirty, banged up panel will certainly affect the value of your ride. And what's more, maintaining Jeep Wrangler (YJ) fenders are not all that difficult and will only take an hour or two of your time.

Here are some great tips you can use to maintain your Wrangler fenders:

  • Don't hesitate to wash the fenders on their own.

Fenders are a key part of the regular cleaning regimen for your Jeep's exterior, but if they are already far too dirty compared to the rest of your truck, don't think twice about cleaning them even if the rest of the truck is still fairly clean. Using a sponge or a soft cloth, wash the fenders with warm, soapy water in a circular motion, and rinse thoroughly. Once the fender has dried, apply a layer of car wax or liquid polish for an added sheen and protection from the sun's harmful rays.

  • Don't forget the fender wells either.

The location of the fender wells often means it is overlooked when cleaning, which in turn leads to more buildup of dirt and rust. To prevent this, you will need to take the time to jack up the wheels and clean those fender wells thoroughly. With the truck frame safely supported by a pair of jack stands, cover the entire surface of the well with all-purpose car exterior cleaner and scrub with a long-handled brush. Rinse the wheel by spraying it with a strong blast of water and let it dry. We also recommend coating the fender wells with exterior dressing as an added layer of protection from the elements.

  • Got dents? Try using a plunger.

Fender dents usually mean driving the vehicle to an auto body shop, but you might want to try using a plunger first. That's right: if the dent is not that large, pulling the fender's surface with the plunger might get it back into shape. Simply press the plunger into the dented area, and once the suction kicks in pull until the fender pops back into place. Just make sure that the plunger is clean before starting, however.

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  • Tips on How to Install New Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Fender

    Just been in a fender bender? Or did you just score a sweet pair of custom panels? Either way, you will still need to install that new set of fenders on your Jeep Wrangler (YJ). Typically, auto repair shops will accept installation of OEM and custom Jeep Wrangler (YJ) fenders, although you can also do it in your garage if you have the necessary tools.

    If you intend to mount those new fenders on your Wrangler, here are some tips to consider:

    Tip #1: Take note of all the fasteners.

    The fenders of the Jeep Wrangler are held in place by a combination of bolts and fasteners, so make sure to take note of each one of them when detaching the fender from the truck. You can reuse these fasteners for your new set of fenders, although badly damaged or worn ones should be replaced.

    Tip #2: Check the fit.

    A new fender that's straight from the box will rarely be a perfect fit on your Wrangler, so you're going to have to pre-fit the panels. Pay particular attention to the hood rails, as an imperfect fit will lead to wind and rain entering through the top of the fender and the hood.

    Tip #3: Make sure to remove all traces of trim from the old fenders.

    Trim pieces are secured in place with heavy duty double-sided tape, making them a pain to remove by hand. However, you can make the process easier by spraying adhesive remover between the gaps of the trim pieces. After a few minutes the thinner should soften the adhesive enough for you to strip off the old trim without bending it. You can also use lacquer thinner if adhesive remover is not available, although be careful not to get any thinner on the body panels as it might also dissolve the protective layer of the paint.

    Tip #4: Remove rust around the fender contacts.

    If you've had your Wrangler for quite some time now, rust may have already built up around the bolt holes and other areas where the fender comes in contact with the truck's frame. In such cases, we recommend cleaning the rust off of the contacts before installing the new fenders. Minor rust spots can usually be removed by scrubbing it with a wire brush, although more stubborn spots may also require spraying by a rust converter.