Front Fender Removal / Replacement
Contributed By: Bill Kelsey
Here is the process for removing the fenders, from the TSM,
which is what you need (Technical Service Manual, vol 3:
Body; Zach Heisey on the FSJ-List
sells reprints/copies of the TSM, and I believe I saw
reprints/copies for sale somewhere else on the Internet -- do
a search on "Jeep" and "Technical Service Manual").
- Remove front bumper.
- Remove headlamps to gain access through the openings.
- Reach through the headlamp opening and remove bolts and
washers attaching fender to grille face panel [ie, the metal
part behind the grille].
- Remove side marker lamp reflector lens and disconnect
lamp socket assembly from lens.
- Remove bolts and washers attaching fender to grille face
- Disconnect brace at fender.
- Remove bolts and washers attaching fender to rocker panel
just below the hinge pillars.
- Remove bolts and washers attaching top of fender to
fender apron [ie, front wheel well housing], hood hinge
support bracket, and fender-to-dash panel bracket. (NOTE:
Note the number and position of shims between fender and
rocker panels so they can be assembled in the same position.)
- Open doors and remove fender from vehicle.
- Remove or disconnect all items attached to fender apron.
- Remove bolts and washers attaching fender apron to
radiator support and two brackets on firewall.
- Spread sealer evenly over and along surfaces where fender
and apron make metal-to-metal contact with other sheet metal
- Install apron and fender in palce with finger-tightened
bolts until all bolts and washers have been installed.
Tighten all nuts and bolts.
- Install and reconnect all items removed from fender and
apron, such as wirign harness, electrical components.
- Secure items, such as headlights, grille and front
bumper, which were released or removed to facilitate removal
of fender and apron.
'79 widetrack Cherokee "S"