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Old 05-22-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Question Anyone have instructions for replacing a fender?

The back, top and bottom look pretty straight forward. The front looks like I'll need to remove the bumper.

Does anyone have explicit instructions?
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:33 PM   #2
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Per Ofer's (2SSRS) advice I removed the side skirt and the front end.

There are DIYs on here for both DIYs with videos. Note I used a low profile floor jack and jack stands to keep the front end in the air. It's much easier to work in the wheel well this way.

Additionally I removed the wheel well liner.

After ALL that the fender itself is easy. All you have to do is note where the holes are on the new fender and remove the corresponding bolts on the old one. The trickiest bolt is near the door hinge. You access it via the wheel well. You'll need to turn the wheel and a flat head screw driver to remove a retaining clip holding on a piece of sound insulation. Once the insulation is removed use an open ended 10mm wrench to loosen the bolt. There is no need to remove the bolt.

I suppose I could write up a formal DIY if anyone else is interested.

To replace my dented fender, I spent $404 (including painting and shipping) versus the $1500 to $2800 the local guys wanted to charge me.
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