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pjhaef 03-17-2011 03:13 PM

Wheel Well Rust Repair
I am on day 3 of owning my truck and I am looking to get some opinions or advice on a body fix that will need to get taken care of. I have some rust just starting above the rear wheels at the top of the wheel well opening it has just started to bubble the paint but has not gone through the metal.
I was thinking of grinding down the affected area prime and paint so it is covered however instead of trying to repaint the box or trying to get the repair to match I was thinking of just adding some fender flares to it. I am thinking if I get the flares and know how much they cover and if I can keep the repair work to that area it may be ideal.
Let me here some thoughts on this and also give some feedback on what flares you have used and liked or disliked. I think I would go with the smooth finish ones as I am not crazy about the rivet or bolt onís that show the hardware through the side.

Thanks in advance


oh4ohyeah 03-18-2011 10:34 AM

I was actually just getting to post this exact same topic. I have a 2004 and I'm also looking for opinions on doing exactly this (rust repair, paint and flares). My rust bubbles just started right before winter here in Ohio and now they're progressing pretty rapidly so I need to get started soon! I'm fairly inexperienced when it comes to body work, but I know a little about it and I'm ready and willing to start this project and learn at the same time. I'm subscribing to this thread! Thanks!

pjhaef 03-20-2011 09:51 PM

I understand what you are looking at. I want to get this done in some fashion before it starts to get real ugly. I will update the post as we go along but at this time I am still deciding what flare to get but I figure I will have something on order in the next week or so. I am waiting on the rest of the snow to get out of here and allow things to dry and warm up a bit so it will be easier to do the work.

More info to come as this project goes but if anyone has some insight I would be glad to here it.

RangerCoach 04-26-2011 01:56 PM

Be Aware
Be carefull where you go here. I have a 2003 Quad Cab with the exact same issue. The problem is this is a design flaw up to about 2006 where the inner bed liner rust through to the outside. You are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. The only way to correctly repair this is to replace the side panels of the bed. My estimate was 3800! I am talking to Chrysler now to see if they will do anything but I don't know...

Stusmobile 04-26-2011 04:30 PM

I'm in the same place with my 2002 but I have come up with a multi stage plan to at least minimize the issue down the road.

Wheels off, the inside of the fenders are getting cleaned out, rust treated (POR 15) and then sealed with about a quart of bedliner (herculiner or bed armor probably).

Outside the rust already showing will get cleaned, treated, filled and repainted and then the flares will get added.

I'm hoping that long term this will help with the rust coming from under the fender, time will tell.

maybz 04-26-2011 09:12 PM

my brother's 03 went the same way. He just replaced both box panels. The true way to fix the problem but it cost him $3000. There is three holes in the lip of the wheel well soak the oil to them. My 07; hopefully doesn't do the same. I was thinking of putting on some rear inner wheel well liners : thinking this might hold out some salt. They are $115 from Mopar here in Canada. Was wondering if any one else has put them on

bmacknyc1k 05-02-2011 01:57 PM

I just had the same problem, picked up an 04 hemi sport with only 50k miles, clean, except for this issue, paint bubbling around the rear wheel wells......the truck also had fender flares on it, the chrome ones which have been taken off, these will trap alot of stuff back there as well like salt...

my friend owns a body shop, to repair the box sides, grind all of the rust out and/or sanblast meticulously, and use POR 15 on the rust affected areas, then prime and prepare for paint....

the whole trick of repairing them is to do it while you still have metal to grind off the rust and blast it well, POR 15 will help as well, stops rust in its tracks.....but it is not cheap, like 45 bucks a pint i think....

rusty nuts 04-07-2012 03:55 PM

Has any one tried the flares over the wheels, which ones look the best?

RedneckMechanic 04-09-2012 12:30 PM

I'm in the same boat. I'm looking at chipping out the rust as much as I can without making a gaping hole, but some rust inhibitor on it, prime it and put a flare over it. May have to get some tall flares, but... Cheaper than the $3K for new bedsides...

charlieb 04-09-2012 08:10 PM

bushwacker flares are biggest 1s.

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