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Bought new front fenders for the 07 months ago ... finally got around to getting them painted weeks ago and finally finally got around to hanging them on the '07 the other day...

So, any hints, tricks or tips on getting the gap and fit correct? Everything looks perfect except at the dip and ridge down near the bottom at the door gap. It's too tight there and rubs when I open and close. This is the bolt behind the door that has a fore and aft slot to adjust. I'm pretty sure I'm full forward on that bolt, but will check tomorrow. Washers and shims between the fender and this tab, maybe?

Other tricks? Somehow I have a feeling that this could turn into trying to get drywall tips and tricks on line ... "we can't tell you how to do it, you just need to practice until you get it".

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truck is getting 2 new front fenders, new grill and de-badged and de-chromed.
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I like the smooth look too .....took all them off the tailgate.
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If they're after market fenders, they're not always spot-on as factory ones, sometimes you have to make mounting holes oblong to give you that extra clearance. Also your door could have sagged a little over the years, how are the door hinge pin bushings, if you lift up on the door, is there any play. Its always best to leave all the fender bolts loose and start with the door gap first, start tightening those first, or you can get a thin slat of wood and a soft rag and put it between the door and troubled area and close the door just a little and tighten the fender bolt. Use the door as leverage .
To de-badge the emblems, I have used Dental Floss, the thin waxed type, just pull off a couple of feet loop the ends on a small piece of wood and keep working it back n forth behind the badges. The waxy floss wont scratch or mar the painted surface and its very strong. Don't use the ribbon floss, just the thin waxed, mint flavor is your option though. Hope it all works out for you.
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Thanks for the tips ... will take those steps today. Yeah, they're after market fenders ... sold via Rock Auto but stamped Sum Ting Wong metalworks ...

I should have walked away yesterday before I broke stuff... broke the bolt from the bottom rear of the panel where it goes into the rocker panel. So, to get a straight shot to the stub, I had to take my step rail off. Proceeded to break that bolt off, but got the rail off. Drilled the broken fender bolt and then broke off the EZ Out. So, is that fastener a well nut or nutsert or similar? What's the suggested solution at this point?

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Can you post a picture of what you are dealing with?
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will do shortly. Went to the dealership and their parts diagram identified the captive nut as a NutRivet, so same kind of deal I dealt with on the skid plate for the jeep. But, they didn't have any in stock and I screwed up and didn't get the dimensions of the nut rivet.

Here's pics of the side I didn't screw up (can't get to the other side without moving the truck right now) so it doesn't show the base of the nutrivet nor the EZ Out broken off in it.

Sorry for the out of focus on the nutrivet but apparently I fail at camera work as well.
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greg I have always mig welded a nut to a broken stud slighlty cooled with air and backed out 90 percent first time even works in cylinder heads
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