Fender flares is one of the aftermarket parts often bought by vehicle owners. It is called as “fender” in American English and”wing” in British English. It is an aftermarket automotive accessory available to most vehicles, may it be a car, SUV or a truck.
You can get a lot of benefits from using fender flares for your vehicle. The primary purpose of fender flare is to prevent the rotating tires to throw particles such as mud, rocks, sand, liquids, and other road substances into the air. For aesthetic purpose, you can customize the look of your vehicle with this part. You can install it in your stock truck to add style.
Another benefit of using fender flare is, it becomes an extension of your vehicle especially when you plan to put on bigger tires. It is fitted directly over the wheel well and contoured to match the same body lines of the vehicle. It is also used tohide rust or body damage around the wheel well. These are typically made to be rigid and paired up with flexible mud flaps.
Fender flares are legally required if you’re planning to put on larger tires. You need to determine what set of fender flares you want or need. Finding the style that fits with your vehicle will depend on your preference and your personality. There are different brands that offer fender flares in various color, shapes and sizes, but it can be categorized into one of 4 styles:
- OE Style
This style will give an added style on the basic stock look on your vehicle. This is also preferred by those who just want to hide a small amount of body rust or damage in their vehicle. Take note that some OE style fender flares does not use the same factory holes and may require drilling.
- Street Style
Street Flares provides protection around the wheel well and fenders, plus an added style and low-profile appearance on the vehicle. It has a smaller profile compared to OE style fender flares. You can usually see this on showroom style trucks.
- Pocket / Bolt Style
The Pocket / Bolt Style provide protection while giving an extremely rugged and tough look on your ride. It’s a no-drill installation, unlike the OE style that requires drilling. It is created with a bolt set in each number of pockets which gives bolt-on appearance.
- Extended Style
If you want your vehicle to look tougher but needs a serious extension, then you have to put on the extended style fender flares. These are usually seen on heavy duty-looking vehicles but not as aggressive as the looks you can get from the bolted style.
Fender flares are available in different styles, colors, and even textures to match the look of your vehicle. It also provides additional coverage for oversized wheels and tires. Take note that this aftermarket vehicle part can even help retain resale value since it keeps rocks and debris away from the vehicle’s body.
Have you decided what fender flare style you want to put on your vehicle?