What are fender flares?
These car add-ons are manufactured to prevent mud from splattering across the side of your vehicle. Moreover, the fender flares designed to keep road debris away and to avoid the risk of damaging your wheel wells.
Dirt and/or mud can be washed off by cleaning them with water and soaps, however, the discoloration of your truck's coat is highly at risk.
One of the best brands of fender flares today is the Bushwacker. These fender flares are made of a durable, flexible plastic material. Moreover, they come in a factory black color that can be matched on the trim of most vehicles, but they can be painted to any color that can be matched to a specific vehicle.
When it comes to installation, this brand of fender flares, it has two methods of installation: the double sided tape and self-tapping screws.
Installing a set of fender flare must be done carefully. Read the instructions from the user’s manual to ensure that you are doing a proper installation method. You should be also aware about the basic steps of installing a set of fender flare. To know more about the basic installation, below are the instructions.
1. Find a clean rag and rubbing alcohol for wiping the area along the fenders where the Bushwacker fender flares will be installed. In cleaning, you must remove all mud, dirt and/or other debris where you will install the fenders. You are required to use alcohol as it can remove the debris and evaporates quickly, leaving a clean, dry surface for the flares.
2. Apply the double sided tape which is included in the set of your fender flares to the inside edges of the flares. The length of the tape should fit exactly with the fender flares. Make sure to smoothen the tape so that it adheres well to the flares with no wrinkles or bumps. Pull the plastic off the exposed side of the tape and place it on the very edge of the fender, just above the wheels. The flares are made to fit and follow a variety of vehicle shapes and body lines. Press the flare against the fender to make sure it is fully attached.
3. You can place the new bolts through the holes where the previous fender flares were on your vehicle. In case you had no existing fender flares, try to use the self-tapping screws that came with the Bushwacker flares. Place the screws in the holes through the flares, and screw them through the metal fender with a drill. There are no nuts are needed on the backside of self-tapping screws.
Tips & Warnings in installing the fender flares
If you want to paint your Bushwacker fender flares to match your vehicle, you better paint them before installing them.