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I took my rear flares off (to put a black set on)and.....you gussed it, all the bolts snapped? What size/length bolt should I use to reattach them? Did you drill the head out of the metal plates? or not use them? I'm thinking ill drill them out and reuse them.

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They aren't bolts, they're studs ... although for replacement purposes that's academic. The originals are a very small metric size -- either 5mm or 6mm. I have drilled them out, tapped for a slightly larger SAE size and run machine screws in, then tack welded the heads to prevent turning and ground them down a bit. Seems to work fairly well. Be sure you drill in a drill press and use a prick punch to mark a starter location. If you try drilling by hand, the drill will walk off-center and you'll have a mess.

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You need to retain the metal backing strips to keep the plastic from warping from the heat of the sun.

I removed the old studs by grinding off the heads and replacing them with 1/4-20 machine screws tack welded to the strips painted and threads covered with Anti-seize. The metal strip is there for a reason to prevent the plastic from warping between the bolts.

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I ditched the metal pieces and attached the flares with nylon hardware (1/4"-20). I opted for the nylon hardware after I had to grind off the rusted 1/4"-20 screws I used to reattach the flares the first time I had them off a few years prior. No problems with warping and the flares are well attached.

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Actually, NOS flare mounting metal strips show up fairly often on Ebay for cheap. I got all six front pieces for $10, all new, and am only lacking two more for the MJ-specific rear flares. Just keep your eyes open. :D

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