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tips for putting on replacing fenders? *UPDATE*

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by TX Mudder, Feb 17, 2002.

  1. TX Mudder

    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    I bought two new Goodmark 73-80 fenders today at the Conroe Winter Swap Meet.
    I haven't ever tried replacing fenders before.
    Does the whole front clip have to come off?
    Or can the fender be replaced without disturbing the core support?
    Can someone give me a quick run-down on what I have to do?
    -- Mike

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    Re: tips for putting on replacing fenders?

    The core support can stay...

    Mostly it's just remove every bolt you can find and pull the fender a litle forwards and outwards. If its the later style (81 and up) the hood hinge is bolted to the inside of the fender...I used an old broom to prop up the hood while replacing the fender.

    There are something like 5 or 6 bolts that connect the core support to the fender, another 5 or 6 from the inner fender to the outer, and 3 to the cowl. The 3 at the cowl have shims for body alignment. Keep track of them...

    It's not that hard a job as long as the bolts aren't rusted tight...but count on a few hours minimum.

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  3. TX Mudder

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    Re: tips for putting on replacing fenders?

    Much thanks Rene. It looks like I'm going to try to get it done today iif it doesn't rain.
    In case anyone is curious, these Goodmark fenders look great. They are stamped from the original GM dies and are galvanized to boot.
    I've heard bad stories about the cheaper fenders not fitting well, so I'm hopeful about these.
    -- Mike

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    Re: tips for putting on replacing fenders?

    <P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by Zepplin on 02/18/02 10:58 AM.</FONT></P>
     
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    Re: tips for putting on replacing fenders?

    How much did the fenders run you? I am currenlty taking apart my front clip too! Alot of bolts but, not too difficult.


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    Re: tips for putting on replacing fenders?

    I paid $75 each for them. I looked them up on-line at Goodmarkindustries.com and they are $79 each.
    Well, I put them on today. The biggest pain in the butt are the three bolts on the INSIDE of the core support that have to come off. You have to dissasemble the headlight housing and turn signal housings off to get to them, and then they are still hard to get the socket on. One of them I couldn't et a socket on and had to use a 12-point 1/2" wrench and ease it out about 1/10th of a turn at a time.
    The fenders fit great, but I need to get some shims. There were zero shims on the driver's side and it really need some so it can come out some more. The passenger's fit fine with the shims in the same place.
    One thing that is odd - the driver's side hood hinge was not installed in the right holes. Someone previously had drilled new holes and relocated the hinge down (towards the ground) about 1.5"
    Well I put it where's it's supposed to go and the hood is way too high on that side now. It appears that the hinge is bent. I'm just going to buy new ones and it should sit straight.
    I took some pics and will eventually get them up on the website.
    -- Mike


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