Fender Flares a Buyers Guide

Fender Flares are a commonly used accessory for trucks with larger tires sizes and for owners who want to add style and fashion to their ride. Manufacturers of Fender Flares such as Bushwacker, Aries Automotive, and Prestige all produce great designs to match a multitude of requirements to provide quality performance and aesthetics for off-road enthusiasts and owners of built-up street trucks alike.

There are many different designs and models to choose from when it comes to selecting the right Fender Flares for your vehicle; these include Pocket-Style Fender Flares, Extra-Wide Fender Flares, Street-Style Fender Flares, OEM and Cut-Out Fender Flares. To make the selection process easier, we explain the benefits of each one and in some cases, special considerations to take for proper installation. In addition, we also cover Fender Trim, a great add-on aesthetic to an installed Fender Flare.

Extra-Wide Fender Flares

A favorite of off-road riders - these Flares add width to your vehicles wheel openings by extending and expanding the size of the Fenders, giving additional protection to the car’s body and adding a rugged style to the vehicle for a smooth off-road ride. Extra-Wide Fender Flares are a necessity for large wheels in keeping the paint job clear of dents from rocks or anything else the road might throw your way. For off-road vehicles with larger tires and wheel packages Prestige Wide Style or Bushwacker Extend-A-Fender ® Fender Flares are a great choice.


Pocket-Style (Rivet Style) Fender Flares

Pocket-Style Fender Flares are one of the most popular types of Fender Flares, providing extra wheel coverage to the vehicle with the extra-tough looking style of rivets. There are a wide selection of Pocket-Style Fender Flares to choose from Prestige and of course, Bushwacker - all designed for specific makes and models of truck and SUV. These are a great choice for the common do-it-yourselfer as they are easy to install and fit the existing factory holes. They still remain flexible in extreme cold temperatures and as a result will not crack or warp under the blazing sun. Pocket-Style Fender Flares can be easily repainted to match the color and style of the vehicle.


Street-Style Fender Flares

Street-Style Fender Flares attach easily to the wheel wells of the vehicle giving it a sleek, yet tough appearance. Manufacturers provide Street-style Flares which are custom-fitted for a wide range vehicles. They protect the vehicle from some of the harshest conditions around the track or on the street that can cause damage to the vehicle, and stand up to years of use. Bushwacker Street Flares® Fender Flares are a great choice and come ready to install in a look designed to blend in smoothly with the vehicles existing body accent lines.


Cut-Out Fender Flares

For the extreme wheel enthusiast or aftermarket aficionado looking to max out their tires, Bushwacker Cut-Out® Fender Flares are the top choice for providing the required customized coverage with a tough, sporty style. The important consideration to make before purchasing Cut-Out Fender Flares is that 'custom' in this sense also means a custom installation, so make sure you have the right tools and of course the skills to make a precision cut through fender of your vehicle.


OEM Style Fender Flares

Designed specifically to match the stock trim of your vehicle, OEM Style Fender flares complete the customized look by adding more emphasis to the wheels, and of course like all other Fender Flares, they provide protection from road debris ejected from tire spin. The benefit here is the price - aftermarket OEM Fender Flares makers such as Premium often sell their Flares at a fraction of the price of a factory set and are usually easier to install as well.


Fender Trim

While installing Fender Trim on your vehicle will not provide the same protection as Fender Flares, they do enhance the trim line of the vehicle, giving it a more streamlined look with a mirror like finish and an extra sheen around all four wheel wells. Fender Trims also provide a little extra protection against weathering and stone chips. Manufacturers of Fender Trims such as Putco produce different sizes suitable for a wide variety of vehicles. Fender Trims are made in special designs in line with the original curves of the Fenders on the vehicle, while also enabling room for mounting larger tire sizes and blocking road debris from scratching up paint on your vehicle.


Fender Flares will protect your truck, Jeep or SUV from dirt and debris from the road, track or trail and are available in many different designs to fit a variety of purposes. Adding on Fender Trim can add a bit more, well, Flare... for lack of a better word.

For more information regarding Fender Flares, check out the style guide at the bottom of the Fender Flares page on our site. For other aftermarket truck, Jeep and SUV accessories, check back on our articles page or blog regularly.

If you need more information on Fender Flares or Truck Accessories contact us.

Posted on February 5th, 2013
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