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Jeep Wrangler JK Fender Flares

Easy Maintenance Tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK Fender Flares

Just like any other accessory in your Jeep Wrangler JK, the fender flares require preventive maintenance from time to time. Although they are made of tough, scratch-resistant plastic, Jeep Wrangler JK fender flares are still vulnerable to the elements and will quickly wear out without proper care. In this guide, we've listed down some key maintenance tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK fender flares.

  • Clean them by washing.

Washing the fender flares remains the best way to keep the fender flares in top condition. And while most in not all flares sold in the market today are durable enough to withstand a trip to the drive-in car wash, we recommend washing the flares by hand. Although more time-consuming, washing the fender flares manually will allow you clean those hard-to-reach areas such as the bolt holes that often get missed at the drive-in car wash. You can use your preferred car cleaning product to wash the flares, although make sure to apply it with a sponge or a soft cloth to avoid scratching the flare surface.

  • Check the adhesive tape regularly.

Do you notice your flares sagging or making rattling noises on the road? It could mean the flare's adhesive backing has or is starting to weaken. The tape securing the flares tends to lose its hold over time, which cane further exacerbated by moisture leaking into the tape. In such cases, replacing the tape is the best option.

  • Restore faded fender flares with tire cleaner.

Unpainted fender flares tend to fade over time due to exposure to sunlight, but this can be restored with tire cleaner. This is because the silicone polymer compound found in tire cleaners that makes tires shiny also does the same effect on unpainted flares. What's more, tire cleaners also have other ingredients such as UV ray inhibitors that further protect the flares against wear and deterioration. Simply apply the tire cleaner on the fender flare via a piece of cloth or by spraying directly onto the surface — similar to what you would do with tires — and wipe off any excess. Take note that this will only work on black unpainted fender flares.

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  • Helpful Installation Tips for the Jeep Wrangler JK Fender Flares

    Whether it's to provide added clearer for bigger tires or to give your Jeep are more aggressive look, there many good reasons to install fender flares on the Jeep Wrangler JK. You can also add the fact that they are also easy to install. Often sold as a kit, Jeep Wrangler JK fender flares are designed to be installed onto the fenders straight from the packaging using tools found in most garages. In this guide, we'll share some tips you might find helpful when installing a new set of fender flares on a Jeep Wrangler JK.

    Tip #1: Prep the area.

    Instead of bolts, most fender flare designs nowadays are affixed to the vehicle through a series of adhesive tape, allowing for easy installation that does not modify the fenders whatsoever. However, the downside of this is that tape will not stick on dirty and oily surfaces, so you will need to clean the fender area first before starting. Washing the fenders with soap and water should be able to remove dust and dirt particles, although we suggest wiping the area with a cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any wax residue left over from car polish.

    Tip #2: Pre-fit the flares.

    Hold the flare against the side of the fender. Does it fit seamlessly onto the contour of the wheel well? Will it obstruct the movement of the wheels? You should also check where the adhesive tape will be placed and mark them with a grease pencil.

    Tip #3: For flares with rubber extrusion seals, cut notches on the corners of the tape.

    This will help the seal conform to the angles of flare, ensuring a more effective seal. This is especially important on the side of the flare next to the headlights, as this part is highly vulnerable to moisture leaks which, in turn, can weaken the adhesive backing.

    Tip #4: Do not over-tighten the bolts.

    The bolts and screws found in most fender flares are actually decorative in nature, and tightening them beyond the manufacturer's recommendation will actually cause the flare to crack. For the same reason, it is not recommended to use superglue or thread-locking adhesive on the bolts.