Installing a New Set of Fender Flares in 4 Easy Steps
Depending on your vehicle, flares or commonly known as fender flares are aftermarket options for cars or trucks with larger wheels. Fender flares are a popular choice amongst vehicle customizers, especially the off-road enthusiasts. Aside from adding a more aggressive look to your vehicle, fender flares protect the vehicle's body against road debris. Usually, you can find fender flares attached to the outside of the vehicle's wheel well to catch the debris spray, and prevent any kind of damage on the vehicle's body. Installing fender flares will take about 30 minutes, and here is a guide to help you accomplish the task.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Preparing for the task
First, clean the fender area before starting the installation process. Use a pail of water mixed with car shampoo to remove any stubborn dirt, mud, or grease on the vehicle's fender. Make sure that it's free from mud and grease to ensure a clean fit. After cleaning and drying the vehicle's fenders, wear your safety glasses for added eye protection.
Fitting the new flares
Mount the new fender flare against the body of your vehicle to make sure it flushed against it. Check if the flare's front edge is parallel to the vehicle's bumper, and if the flare's bottom edge lines are also parallel to the fender's bottom.
Drilling the mounting flare's mounting holes
Use the metal bits fitted on the hand-held drill to drill holes on your vehicle's fender. You can also use the template included on the flare's kit for your reference when drilling the flare's mounting holes. Repeat the process on the other fenders.
Installing the new set of flares
On the flare's back side, install the double-sided foam tape with your hands. Peel off one side and place it on the flare, then, peel off the foam tape's second layer before mounting the new flare on the vehicle's fender. Make sure to align the flare's holes to the holes you made on the fender. Use a 3/8-inch socket and ratchet set to bolt all the screws that came with the flare kit. Repeat the process with the other fenders until the installation is completed.