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Old 11-06-2016, 10:38 PM   #1
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There's quite a bit if rust on my rear quarters of my wagon. It's beyond the point of using body filler to patch a little hole. So I was thinking cutting it out and running flares is my only option. I was wondering if anybody has ever tried using the good ol rivet on 240 flares on their wagon? Or is there any other cheap alternatives out there for flares? I don't have the funds for used Karltons or ABW's atm.
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:53 PM   #2
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I have some flares from an S2000 in my room that i'm planning on fitting to my 02 Wagon sometime this winter. They were like $150 iirc. Theres another wagon on nasioc somewhere that ran them and they were nearly bolt on.
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Old 11-07-2016, 12:40 AM   #3
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I have some flares from an S2000 in my room that i'm planning on fitting to my 02 Wagon sometime this winter. They were like $150 iirc. Theres another wagon on nasioc somewhere that ran them and they were nearly bolt on.

Something like these? Did you just buy two sets of the rears?
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Old 11-07-2016, 01:07 AM   #4
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That's not bad, a little touch up pen should help. :-)
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:25 AM   #5
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That's not bad, a little touch up pen should help. :-)
Ohh yeah it'll work just fine hahaha
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Old 11-07-2016, 10:28 AM   #6
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i would fix the damage.

a stock car sells for a hell of a lot more than a flared car (especially some backwoods install).
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Old 11-07-2016, 03:07 PM   #7
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Something like these? Did you just buy two sets of the rears?
Yep those flares exactly. I just bought a set for the rear and plan to match them up to a sedan front end up front. Not sure how it's gonna look but we'll see. I'm also not worried about resale value lol, i'm keeping my wagon forever anyways
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:15 AM   #8
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It's going to be too far off to simply pair those rear flares with sedan front fenders. I have vw flares which are much less aggressive. I don't think I could get away with it.
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:02 PM   #9
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was debating on putting a set of flares on my for that reason. mine is not as bad as yours but its getting there.
want to get it fixed but cant really find a place to fix it
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Old 11-15-2016, 01:31 PM   #10
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Most places will no longer fix rusted areas. If they do, you get ZERO guarantee on the work since the panel is rusted and the rust will come back within a year.

The only real way to fix it is to replace the panel.
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:10 PM   #11
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that's what I hear, had a buddy that was suppose to help me out but can never get a hold of him/response.
that's why I was looking into getting some flares,but was just a thought
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:24 PM   #12
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Most places will no longer fix rusted areas. If they do, you get ZERO guarantee on the work since the panel is rusted and the rust will come back within a year.

The only real way to fix it is to replace the panel.
Replacing both side panels professionally just isn't worth the money to me I mean I like the car and all but with the money spent on body work I could be halfway to another bugeye with less rust..
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Old 11-20-2016, 10:26 PM   #13
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It's going to be too far off to simply pair those rear flares with sedan front fenders. I have vw flares which are much less aggressive. I don't think I could get away with it.
I saw the thread on the vw flares. I actually ordered a set just because of the price so we'll see how much of the rust it actually covers.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:50 AM   #14
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I don't think the flares are going to cover as much of that rusted panel as you think.

Even if they do, the panel will continue to rust anyway and those flares will be falling off shortly.

The only other thing you could do, as you mentioned, is cut out an area larger than that rusted section, pop rivet in a new section, bondo, paint, etc., and it will help some.

All depends on how long you keep the car.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:04 AM   #15
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I don't think the flares are going to cover as much of that rusted panel as you think.

Even if they do, the panel will continue to rust anyway and those flares will be falling off shortly.

The only other thing you could do, as you mentioned, is cut out an area larger than that rusted section, pop rivet in a new section, bondo, paint, etc., and it will help some.

All depends on how long you keep the car.
I don't think it'll cover all if it either but it will help a little bit... And I'm definitely going to cut out the rust laying a flare over top of it is just lazy haha

But how would you go about making a riveted section of metal look nice?
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:14 PM   #16
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But how would you go about making a riveted section of metal look nice?
You cut out a section large enough to leave good, solid metal around the hole you just made

Clean up the metal around the hole.

You cut a piece of sheet metal larger than the hole you just made, just don't go crazy, but you should have at least 1/2" I believe all the way around the hole.

Pop rivet, or weld, the replacement section in place

Grind down the excess weld or over protruding pieces of the rivets

Apply bondo to make a smooth transition from the replacement panel to the body panel. Work that so it is smooth - apply additional bondo & sand if necessary

Clean up area and paint
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