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Old 12-09-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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TLDR: What's the best way to repair/bond the cracked fender?

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Story: I bought clear side markers to replace the amber ones on my sc2 and to do this on my car you have to remove the entire fender to get at the bolts mounted to the pop up headlights. I did one side fine but today when doing the driver side I was having a hard time getting the fender off (a bolt snapped with the nut still attached) and I accidentally cracked the fender pulling it. I dont want to buy another fender.
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I just realized this has been asked before how do i delete a thread
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:46 PM   #3
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1-Let this thread die on its own.

2-Pm Charle the Admin to delete it. With recent attacks of spam from several new members, Charlie hasn't replied to private messages to remove and ban them from this site, yet. If he hasn't answered PMs, he's not likely to address requests for other issues. Patience until he finds the time.
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If you're removing the fender to replace the side markers, you don't have a clue what you're doing. Peel the fender liner back to get to the bolts like a sane person
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Old 12-10-2019, 09:06 AM   #5
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I'd remove the fender and fiberglass it from the other side.
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There's always the quick tie stitch method!

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If you're removing the fender to replace the side markers, you don't have a clue what you're doing. Peel the fender liner back to get to the bolts like a sane person
Tried that and got one of the bolts but the other one was mounted way too far in to reach with a rachet
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Old 12-13-2019, 04:27 PM   #9
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I can trump that story....

I had to do a wheel bearing on my SL. The wheels I have on there for the winter comes from an Ion, which has a hub bore that is maybe 57 instead of 57.1.

So they go on but it's tight. Go to remove them and it's hella tough, so I tried to kick the rim to loosen it. My best kick is my back kick, so I positioned myself, gave the wheel a few good wacks, and POW my last kick missed and I hit the fender instead of the wheel. Cracked it right through.....

The proper way to loosen a wheel that is stuck onto the hub? Loosen the lug bolts and go for a short drive while sawing the wheel back and forth until you hear a pop pop pop. Works every time.

Now all my Ion rim hub centers are filed out to the right size. Fender remains broken.
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Loosen the lug bolts and go for a short drive while sawing the wheel back and forth until you hear a pop pop pop.
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The proper way to loosen a wheel that is stuck onto the hub? Loosen the lug bolts and go for a short drive while sawing the wheel back and forth until you hear a pop pop pop. Works every time.
Your definition of proper must be different than mine. I use a sledge hammer on the inflated tire.
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Your definition of proper must be different than mine. I use a sledge hammer on the inflated tire.
My 'tool' of choice for that job to get done would be 5 dozen Oatmeal Raisin Cookies or maybe a 24" x 18" tray of Fudge Brownies with good coffee.

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"The proper way to loosen a wheel that is stuck onto the hub? Loosen the lug bolts and go for a short drive while sawing the wheel back and forth until you hear a pop pop pop. Works every time."

That's the way I learned while up in the Rust Belt (Stockton, IL).

I had an '85 Suburban that I could not get a front wheel off for anything. Drove it to a local shop, waited in the customer area. 5 minutes later they said, 'All done, no charge'. I asked how they could have done it so fast, and was told they just loosened all 5 nuts, didn't even drive it, just wiggled the steering wheel and it broke free (then they snugged the nuts back on for me).

Very smart, works easy, no sweat at all.
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