To Flare or Not to Flare? We’ve Got the Answers!
You have a myriad of options when it comes to making your truck look just right. Whether you’re making little tweaks here and there or tackling a comprehensive modification project, the professional team at Truck Works are ready to help you with anything you need along the way, and that involves supplying an array of fender flares from your favorite brands.
If fitting your ride with fender flares is part of your vehicle-modification project, you’ve come to the right place! Stick around to learn more about fenders and fender flares, as well as our expert tips about how to choose the right fender flares for your ride. We invite you call us at (816) 842-4222 or contact us here if you have any questions or would like to speak to a member of the Truck Works team.
We Will Help You Choose the Right Set of Fender Flares
As with any purchase, there are some considerations you need to make before selecting a set of fender flares for your vehicle. No matter which kind you end up getting, know that all types of fender flares serve as extensions of your fenders and are therefore custom fit to your ride. With such a fit, there shouldn’t be any space between the fender flares and your vehicle’s body. When it comes to installing fender flares, most manufacturers employ a straightforward, no-drill approach, but some popular styles may call for drilling and more of a tedious installation process. Whatever the case may be, the highly experienced team here at Truck Works handles the entire installation process for you. Further, it’s possible to purchase fender flares as full sets (i.e., sets that contain both front and rear flares) or just front or rear sets.
Other considerations to make when choosing the right fender flares for your ride are:
Fenders v. Fender Flares
If you’re unfamiliar with the world of fenders and fender flares, let’s start with the basics: the definitions of each.
- Fenders – Fenders are the parts of your vehicle that encircle the wheel wells. Their main purpose is to keep the tires from throwing dirt, dust, mud and other debris into the air while in use. Many people use the term “fender” to refer to the location on their vehicles: fenders are up front, and quarter panels are in the back. With duallys, people still call the rear a “fender.” Further, tires that have a factory offset usually come with an exposed area over the top of them.
- Fender Flares – Fender flares are essentially extensions of a vehicle’s fenders that keep excess dirt and debris off its body. They give more coverage to trucks and SUVs with oversized tires and tires with a heavy offset. Additionally, fender flares allow trucks and SUVs to comply with with vehicle equipment laws governing tire coverage. Aside from their practical features, fender flares also give you the option of giving your ride a one-of-a-kind look and feel. You can even coat them with LINE-X or paint them to take their style up another notch. They oftentimes do not need to be drilled or cut, as they can usually utilize factory-cut holes to securely mount to a vehicle’s fenders. Further, fender flares are available in a handful of different styles ranging from modest to eye-catching.
- Style – Generally speaking, fender flares come in four main styles: street style, OE style, pocket/bolt style and extended style. The right style for you depends on what type of look you’re going for. For example, if you want an OE-style or sharp look, you probably need street or OE style fender flares. These styles are also great for when you need to hide minor rust or fender damage. If your truck or SUV has big tires, you’ll want either the extended style or pocket/bolt style fender flares. These two styles are also great if you want to give your ride more of a rugged, off-road look.
- Coverage – When selecting fender flares, it’s wise to keep height and coverage measurements in mind, whether you need the flares to cover rust and damage or adhere to laws related to tire coverage. A fender flare’s height refers to how much of the fender the flare will cover. It’s important to know—especially if you’re looking to cover body damage or rust—that a flare’s height can fluctuate as it curves. For people with bigger tires or those who are thinking about getting bigger tires, it’s also important to consider the tire coverage measurement, which refers to how far the fender flares extend from your vehicle. Keep in mind that your fender flares need to adhere to your state’s tire coverage laws.
- Brand – At Truck Works, we carry fender flare brands that have proven time and again to be dependable and meet our high quality standards. We know that your vehicle is very important to you, so we ensure our inventory is stocked with only the brands we know our customers can trust. To view the brands we trust most, scroll up to the top of this page to “Our Most Popular Fender Flare Manufacturers” section.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Truck Works if you want more information about how to choose the right set of fender flares for your vehicle!
Our Fender Flare Recommendations
We want you to have all the information you need to make sound decisions when selecting a set of fender flares for your ride. The most important thing to remember is to select a set that fits your size, style and application needs while fitting within your budget constraints. Here are some other expert tips from the Truck Works team.
- Installation – Even though the majority of manufacturers make easy-to-install fender flares, there are some that will need to be modified before you install them on your vehicle. Such fender flares include cut-out flares that call for you to use a reciprocal saw to alter the wheel well to allow for a secure fit.
- Purchasing – While you’re thinking about styles, coverage and brands, it’s a good idea to keep your budget in mind. Some fender flares are grouped together as partial or complete sets, so be sure to keep an eye on what you’re getting for the price.
- Size – It is highly important to select fender flares that securely fit to your vehicle. This sounds like a given, but we’ve seen people compromise function for looks, which is a waste of effort and money. Be sure your fender flares can accommodate the year, make and model of your truck or SUV.