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Fender Flares - good/bad ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by GruntHunter, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. GruntHunter

    GruntHunter 1/2 ton status

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    I've thought about putting one of the aftermarket fender flares on my '87 K5 but am wondering if they are more trouble than they're worth. I don't do any real off-road trail riding or rock climbing so I don't really have to worry about hitting trees and tearing them up. I just want to see if I can keep some of the pasture pies I go through off the sides. Here are some of the questions I've been pondering;
    1. Are some better than others and/or easier to put on (Bushwacker vs XENON vs ? ) ?
    2. Do they all require metal trimming?
    3. Can they be installed along with full length running boards?
    4. Are they just going to trap dirt and water behind them and rust the fenders out (my biggest concern)?
    Anyone had any experiences with these ?
     
  2. cbbr

    cbbr 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    1) I have bushwacker cutouts.
    2) Mine did but I got 4" of room.
    3) I cut my sliders to fit. My runningboards would have had to be cut down.
    4) I primed and painted behind the flares. THey have not trapped water or mud AFAIK.
     
  3. Txchevy18

    Txchevy18 1/2 ton status

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    Wont work with 40's and 9' of lift. THe cut outs are now destoyed.... Damn flexly springs. But they did keep my truck clean. Kinda got mad at em, you could never tell i went wheelin because my body stayed too clean. They serve there purpose and help you stay legal.

    just my .02 cents.
     
  4. GruntHunter

    GruntHunter 1/2 ton status

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    Hidden rust has been my biggest concern.
     
  5. Corey 78K5

    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    I'm a little confused:confused: You have running boards and your worried about getting some dirt trapped and causing rust:doah: Dood loose the running boards which are absolutely useless and have no place on a 4x4 and just take a saws all to your fenders and open them up. It's free and easy........
     

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