How to Maintain Your Dodge Ram 1500 Fender Flares
Pick-up trucks are designed to go through different terrains, often gaining mud and dirt along the way. With modified trucks, things can get a little messier with bigger wider tires. When these tires roll on the wet ground, mud and debris are thrown out behind. One way of minimizing these from being spewed upward is by installing fender flares. Not only does fender flares contain these particles within their area, they also add extra appeal to your truck. This is also the case for Chrysler's entry to the full-size pick-up truck segment. The Dodge Ram 1500 is a muscular beast of burden that enjoys providing utilitarian service as well as added macho appeal. Here are some tips on how to maintain your Dodge Ram 1500 fender flares.
- Avoid running into terrains full of debris that can damage your fender flares.
This is counterintuitive. But if you can avoid driving through roads that are filled with debris that can be thrown into your vehicle, do so. This lessens the instances where your flares suffer from countless rocks being spewed out by your spinning wheels. Less scratch means more protective coating left on your flares' surface. The more they stay intact, the more they will last you a good number of years.
- Check the fender flare mounts regularly.
The fender flares are added extensions to your truck. They are not molded into the truck from the main body cast. So it is best that you continually check if the fender flares are still securely bolted to your truck's body.
- Rinse, scrub, and rinse again.
As part of your truck, you have to include the fender flares whenever you wash your Dodge Ram 1500. You start off with directing a steady stream of water to loosen all dirt and grime attached to your truck. After the initial rinsing, you scrub the fender flares with a sponge soaked in a car shampoo mixture. Use a brush dipped in the similar solution to scrub off hard to reach areas plagued with grime. Once done, rinse the fender flares with a steady stream of clean water again. Wipe off to dry.
Tips on How to Install Your Dodge Ram 1500 Fender Flares
Some trucks like the Dodge Ram 1500 are equipped with stock fender flares to keep road debris from being spewed into the truck’s body. Road debris can leave nasty scars on your truck’s paint and other panels if not contained within the fender well. However, when you modify your truck, there is a tendency that the stock fender flares will not be able to do their job successfully. That is why we have wider aftermarket fender flares. These are suited for modified trucks with larger tires and extra height. Here are some tips on installing the Dodge Ram 1500 fender flares.
Tip #1: Choose the right fender flares for your year and model.
You have to be very specific when looking for the fender flares to install on your Dodge Ram 1500. Fender flares are created specifically for different truck models. Some will differ in the contours, length, and width. You will also notice differences in the mounting areas and bolts provided. If you got the wrong fender flares for your truck, then you already delay yourself in the entire installation process.
Tip #2: Equip yourself with the right installation tools.
Fender flares are usually attached through bolts in their back side. These can be spotted on the underside of your truck’s fender. Usually, these bolts can be unscrewed using your basic tools. If your aftermarket fender flares are designed specifically for your truck, then chances are the set will have the similar sizes for the bolts and nuts for attachment.
Tip #3: Be extra careful in handling the fender flares.
Fender flares that are coated with paint and gloss are prone to scratches. This goes the same for flares that are powder coated. You would not want to scratch or dent your panels even before they get mounted. Be very careful.
Tip #4: Clear the fenders of wheels and tires first before installation.
By removing the tires and wheels, you eliminate obstructions during the installation. With a bigger space of move around, you will be able to install your fender flares at a faster, simpler, and more effective manner.