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Old 01-06-2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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Anyone know how much difficulty is involved in replacing a front driver'* side fender on a '97 SLE? It had an unfortunate run in with an inanimate object, and I don't want o pay the body shop outrageous money...
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there are a few that have a FSM that describes the procedure to a tee.....OH your in CT....well you might as well come down for the meet and greet, and the members will teach ya
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there are a few that have a FSM that describes the procedure to a tee.....OH your in CT....well you might as well come down for the meet and greet, and the members will teach ya
I just did this a few weeks ago albeit on the older body style. My biggest problem was 2 rusted phillips head screws that needed to be dremelled. Had a great guy (Billboost37) providing a major assist though.
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It'* not too bad.

I have seen a couple of 92-95'* done and think they are about the same.

There are a couple bolts at the bottom of the fender behind the tire. The wheelwell needs to come out to get to a few more. And there are three more that hold the bumper cover to the fender in the front. Other than those, there are a few across the top of the fender when you lift the hood.

If you are interested in doing the swap this weekend and would be interested in help, I'm in Enfield and have a semi heated garage.
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It'* not too bad.

I have seen a couple of 92-95'* done and think they are about the same.

There are a couple bolts at the bottom of the fender behind the tire. The wheelwell needs to come out to get to a few more. And there are three more that hold the bumper cover to the fender in the front. Other than those, there are a few across the top of the fender when you lift the hood.

If you are interested in doing the swap this weekend and would be interested in help, I'm in Enfield and have a semi heated garage.
For what its worth, I'm going to be up on Saturday at Bill'* doing a water pump... so you'd have 2 extra pairs of hands and eyes if you needem
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Guys, I need to get behind the wheelwell to bump and dolly out a minor crease in the right front. fender lip. It'* about at the centerline of the axle. It extends up about 3" from the bottom of the fender curve for the wheel.

Do I have to take the whole wheelwelll off for this, or can I just remove the bolts from the wheelwell to the fender and push the wheelwell up a bit?

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Guys, I need to get behind the wheelwell to bump and dolly out a minor crease in the right front. fender lip. It'* about at the centerline of the axle. It extends up about 3" from the bottom of the fender curve for the wheel.

Do I have to take the whole wheelwelll off for this, or can I just remove the bolts from the wheelwell to the fender and push the wheelwell up a bit?

thanks.
If your wheel well is plastic like it is on the 92-95s, I took some screws out of the passenger side once and was able to move it out of the way without a problem.
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I'd love ot come up, but I don't have the fender yet. I'm just trying to figure out the best course of action. I've got replace the headlight setup, do the fender, and eventually, fix the corner of the hood.
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I'd love ot come up, but I don't have the fender yet. I'm just trying to figure out the best course of action. I've got replace the headlight setup, do the fender, and eventually, fix the corner of the hood.
Know what your paint code is? Maybe a member can find you a replacement fender in a yard? As an FYI this is exactly what I did.
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I'd love ot come up, but I don't have the fender yet. I'm just trying to figure out the best course of action. I've got replace the headlight setup, do the fender, and eventually, fix the corner of the hood.
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