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Old 09-25-2008, 08:01 AM   #1
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Right in front of the right tire the fender bottom is flapping in the breeze when we drive. Makes lots of annoying noise depending on the way the wind catches it --- LOL -- anyway - what is the best thing to use to repair?

It looks like it was connected via some putty or something and it just broke loose. We did a temporary fix with some Mighty Putty and that worked for a while but it is loose again.

Maybe just a better cleanup - grind off the old junk and reapply the Mighty Putty?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Right in front of the right tire the fender bottom is flapping in the breeze when we drive. Makes lots of annoying noise depending on the way the wind catches it --- LOL -- anyway - what is the best thing to use to repair?

It looks like it was connected via some putty or something and it just broke loose. We did a temporary fix with some Mighty Putty and that worked for a while but it is loose again.

Maybe just a better cleanup - grind off the old junk and reapply the Mighty Putty?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:30 AM   #3
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Virginia & Steve - You must have a mid-door? This happened to our '03 on both sides. If you don't fix it - it WILL come off and that will cost you mighty bucks!

Tris cleaned it up and put epoxy glue on it and drilled a hole on the lip (front and back) and bungie corded it. Eventually he took angle iron and bolted it on for a brace. Never came loose again.
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I would clean it good and use fiberglass cloth and resin. You can buy a small kit at Walmart.
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Virginia and Steve,

Ours came loose on our maiden voyage (purchased used in 2004). I too used two part epoxy, no bolts, and it has held for 40K miles. I did use it liberally since it would not be seen.
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I vaguely recall at a couple of rallys that a couple of people (maybe Walt Darden, for one) had fabricated a strengthening brace for that panel. It completely stopped all flexing and any danger of it breaking as you described. It was a very simple piece of aluminum strapping. I've always intended to replicate that, but it's just one more project that has been left in the dust.
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Old 09-26-2008, 08:15 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Upon closer inspection, we took the bolted angle off, cleaned it up, cleaned up the fiberglass fender, drilled a small hole in the bottom angle of the fender, Mighty putty between the angle and fiberglass again, wired the fender to the angle - hopefully this will hold again for a while --- will be carrying similiar emergency supplies in case the other one comes loose too.
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