How To Install The Fender Flares on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler
Wranglers come stock with bulky black plastic fender flares. Anyone who has spent time playing in their Jeep knows that these flares not only get in the way, but snap apart with ease. This is one of the major reasons why Jeep enthusiasts always change out their stock flares for aftermarket upgrades. Typically, the new flares are designed to give you more clearance, and to add your personal touch to the vehicle. If you go with a steel design, you will also help protect the body of the vehicle and the wheels.
- Ratchet set
- Socket Wrench
- Open end wrenches
- Rivet nut tool
- Trim removal tool
- New fender flares
Remove the stock fender flares
Remove the 5 or 6 (depending on your model) retaining clips holding on the wheel well liner. These clips can be used again if you take time and consideration when removing them. They are best removed safely with a trim removal tool if you do want to save them. Otherwise you can cut them off and discard them
With the wheel well liner loose, lift up on the stock fender flares to release them from the clips behind. You will then need to push forward on the flares to get them to release.
Remove the remaining clips from the body of the vehicle to make sure your new flares sit flat against the side panel.
Install the new fender flares
If you need to use a rivet nut tool to install a nut into a hallow part of the vehicle’s body, do so now. Due to the fact you cannot access the back of the bolt to install the nut, you must install a rivet nut to be able to anchor the bolt. If not, skip this step.
Start installing the new fender flare by loosely tightening the three bolts on the top of the flare. This will hold it in place, and allow enough room to install the weather stripping if it was included with the flares.
Once you have the fender temporarily secured, you want to install any weather stripping that was included with the kit. If not, skip this step.
Finish tightening down the remaining bolts. Keep an eye on the weather stripping if equipped, as it is likely to move and need adjustment as you tighten the bolts.
Repeat the process for the 3 remaining fender flares.
There are a variety of aftermarket fender flares available on the market. The exact procedure will also vary depending on the types of hardware that is sent with the flares. For bolt on versions (as opposed to custom weld jobs), this is the procedure you will want to follow. Good luck!