Fender flares are one of the aftermarket parts commonly purchased by vehicle owners. It is called “fender” in American English and “wing” in British English. It is an aftermarket automotive accessory available for most vehicles, be it a car, SUV, or truck.
You can get many benefits by using this part for your vehicle. The main purpose is to prevent spinning tires from throwing particles such as mud, rocks, sand, liquids, and other substances from the road into the air. For aesthetic reasons, you can customize the look of your vehicle with this part. You can install it on your standard truck to add style.
Another benefit is that it becomes an extension of your vehicle, especially when you plan to use larger tires. It is placed directly over the wheel well and contoured to match the same lines on the vehicle body. It is also used to hide rust or bodily damage around the wheel well. These are usually made to be rigid and paired with flexible fender skirts.
Fender flares are legally required if you plan on getting tires. You need to determine which set of fender flares you want or need. Finding the style that suits your vehicle will depend on your preferences and your personality. There are different brands that offer this automotive part in various colors, shapes and sizes, but it can be classified into one of 4 styles:
• OE style
This style will add additional flair to the basic stock look of your vehicle. This is also preferred by those who only want to hide a small amount of rust or body damage on their vehicle. Note that some OE style fender flares do not use the same holes from the factory and may require drilling.
• Street style
Street Flares provide protection around the wheel well and fenders, plus additional styling and a low-profile appearance to the vehicle. It has a smaller profile compared to the OE style. You can usually see this on showroom style trucks.
• Pocket / bolt style
The pocket / bolt style provides protection while making you look extremely tough and rugged on your trip. It is a no-drill installation, unlike the OE style that requires drilling. It is created with a set of bolts in each number of pockets that gives it a bolt-on appearance.
• Extended style
If you want your vehicle to look sturdier but need a significant extension then you should put on the extended style fenders. They are usually seen on heavy-duty looking vehicles, but not as aggressive as the styling that you can get with bolt-on styling.
The 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. Keep in mind that this aftermarket vehicle part can even help retain resale value by keeping rocks and debris away from the vehicle body.
Have you decided what style of fender you would like to put on your vehicle?