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    Correct fasteners for rear fender liners?

    I had a few cracks in my rear fender liners, so I went to the local pick-n-pull yard to remove a set. It was below freezing with wet mud & slush everywhere so I didn't take the time to properly remove the existing push-pins, I snipped them all off with a side-cutter so I could get out of there without freezing my fingers. First, is there a way to remove the clips properly without ruining them? I have a clip removal tool but it looked to me like those particular wide, flat fender liner fasteners don't pop out the usual way; by pulling out the center piece, then the whole thing. These fasteners all had a small hole in the middle, maybe something has to be inserted inside the hole while pulling the center pin out?

    Second, since it's almost guaranteed some of my existing fasteners will probably break while removing my own liners, is there a decent replacement fastener set to match the OEM ones, without paying ridiculous dealer prices? I see lots of fasteners online but none of them have that little center hole...maybe it's not even important? What have some of you guys used?

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    Those stock fasteners are actually single use plastic rivets which are installed with a tool and can't be removed without breaking them.

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    Thanks Genestealer. As I was cracking those off of the parts cars to remove the rear fender liners, I was thinking they were probably one-use rivets. I'll just replace them with ordinary fender liner fasteners, probably the kind with the Phillips head push-pins. I'll just need to confirm the pin hole diameter of the original rivets.
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    Correct fasteners for rear fender liners?

    This thread may be useful... Clips and Fasteners - Chrysler Specific...


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    It's better to use the plastic rivets. They will gold a lot better, look cleaner, and won't come off when you hit road debris and rip your fender liner Into the path of your tire. Harbor freight has these plastic rivet guns and rivets fairly cheap. Worth the investment.
    Quote Originally Posted by Coelacanth View Post
    Thanks Genestealer. As I was cracking those off of the parts cars to remove the rear fender liners, I was thinking they were probably one-use rivets. I'll just replace them with ordinary fender liner fasteners, probably the kind with the Phillips head push-pins. I'll just need to confirm the pin hole diameter of the original rivets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabbas View Post
    It's better to use the plastic rivets. They will gold a lot better, look cleaner, and won't come off when you hit road debris and rip your fender liner Into the path of your tire. Harbor freight has these plastic rivet guns and rivets fairly cheap. Worth the investment. Sent from my E6810 using Tapatalk
    Umm, not true. The fasteners listed in post #4 by chrismah secure the fender liners just fine, and are reusable to-boot. Specifically:
    The third URL listed (these are best-fit):
    Chrysler Push-Type Retainer
    The fifth URL listed:
    Chrysler_Fascia_Push_Type_Retainers_Clips_6504521

    The rivet-style are a PITA; one use items and aimed at forcing owners to purchase replacements along with the equipment to install them.
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    I buy all my fasteners from clips & fasteners dot com.

    Live that place.

    Another good source is Auveco dot com. They have free downloadable catalogs, for offline reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemissary View Post
    Umm, not true. The fasteners listed in post #4 by chrismah secure the fender liners just fine, and are reusable to-boot. Specifically:
    The third URL listed (these are best-fit):
    Chrysler Push-Type Retainer
    The fifth URL listed:
    Chrysler_Fascia_Push_Type_Retainers_Clips_6504521

    The rivet-style are a PITA; one use items and aimed at forcing owners to purchase replacements along with the equipment to install them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hemissary View Post
    Umm, not true. The fasteners listed in post #4 by chrismah secure the fender liners just fine, and are reusable to-boot. Specifically:
    The third URL listed (these are best-fit):
    Chrysler Push-Type Retainer
    The fifth URL listed:
    Chrysler_Fascia_Push_Type_Retainers_Clips_6504521

    The rivet-style are a PITA; one use items and aimed at forcing owners to purchase replacements along with the equipment to install them.
    Thank you for that, Hemissary, that's exactly what I was looking for. Those look the same as the 6 fasteners for the front fascia, are they the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coelacanth View Post
    Thank you for that, Hemissary, that's exactly what I was looking for. Those look the same as the 6 fasteners for the front fascia, are they the same?
    You're welcome. No, those are too large diameter-wise.

    For the front / upper fascia, these are direct placements: Chrysler_Fascia_Push_Type_Retainers_Clips_6504521

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    Thanks once again!

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    I'm not saying they won't work. Which I'm sure they will. But I'm sure there was some design thought besides forcing consumers to buy tools. All I am saying is that there was probably a reason they used stronger fasteners in the fender liners. Use whatever you want. But I'll stick to the plastic rivets. Lol
    Quote Originally Posted by Hemissary View Post
    Umm, not true. The fasteners listed in post #4 by chrismah secure the fender liners just fine, and are reusable to-boot. Specifically:
    The third URL listed (these are best-fit):
    Chrysler Push-Type Retainer
    The fifth URL listed:
    Chrysler_Fascia_Push_Type_Retainers_Clips_6504521

    The rivet-style are a PITA; one use items and aimed at forcing owners to purchase replacements along with the equipment to install them.
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    The design thought was probably to force customers to go to the dealer moreso than to buy a specialty rivet gun. You're probably right though, the rivets may secure the liner marginally better, but aren't removeable and when you need to do the job again, you'll be cutting them all off again. The rear fender liners, especially with those louvered vents at the back, are in a location where they're very likely to crack or break, as gravel & rocks get thrown up in there all the time.

    One other advange of the rivets is they sit more flush and flat than the push-pin fasteners, but I'll sacrifice some esthetics to be able to replace my liners more easily when they crack again. Either solution works, but has its pros & cons.
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