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Post by Chromolykid » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:52 am

How many of you have tried aftermarket fender flares? I’ve had 6 of mine replaced on Furiosa under warranty because the tape lets go and they warp away from the truck, I’m tired of dealing with it and want to try something else.

I don’t see too many options out there, Bushwackers are ridiculously priced and so are AEV flares. I’ve read on other forums that guys have good success with eBay flares at a fraction of the price, some saying they’re the exact same as Bushwackers (even have the same part number molded on them). Any truth to that?

Any pictures and details of what model flare you have or how well they installed would be appreciated.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by MikeKey » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:59 am

Chromolykid wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:52 am
I’ve read on other forums that guys have good success with eBay flares at a fraction of the price, some saying they’re the exact same as Bushwackers (even have the same part number molded on them). Any truth to that?

Any pictures and details of what model flare you have or how well they installed would be appreciated.
I have had those flares in my watchlist on ebay forever. If it's like a lot of products that are made in China, they could be the same. One of the big issues with Chinese manufacturing is a company will have a factory make stuff, and then on the side, that same factory will sell out the back door the same product on ebay or alibaba. And direct ship from China. I've seen this with a few name brand aftermarket companies, where the Chinese ebay version is the SAME product. Same markings and everything at a fraction of the cost.

So strong possibility in my mind that those rumors are correct. I don't have personal experience with them, but I'd believe it.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by 13BlkPowerWagon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:00 am

Interested as well... Mine do the same thing, and I keep having to put new tape on. I don't want anything way wider either... Those AEV cutout flares that will stuff bigger tires do look interesting, but for the price, no thank you!

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Re: Fender Flares

Post by Low_Sky » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:07 am

ChromolyKid, it's too damned hot in California if your truck is melting all the time.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by Chromolykid » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:14 am

Low_Sky wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:07 am
ChromolyKid, it's too damned hot in California if your truck is melting all the time.
Funny you say that! I legitimately believe the dark color is mostly to blame for all my Rambox and fender flare issues. Should’ve bought white. :doh:
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:59 am
I have had those flares in my watchlist on ebay forever. If it's like a lot of products that are made in China, they could be the same. One of the big issues with Chinese manufacturing is a company will have a factory make stuff, and then on the side, that same factory will sell out the back door the same product on ebay or alibaba. And direct ship from China. I've seen this with a few name brand aftermarket companies, where the Chinese ebay version is the SAME product. Same markings and everything at a fraction of the cost.

So strong possibility in my mind that those rumors are correct. I don't have personal experience with them, but I'd believe it.
Agreed, my aftermarket grill was an eBay special and it’s identical to a much “higher end” grill that runs over $1,000 by the time an emblem is added on. Mine was $120. These flares I’m looking at are only about $150 for a set of 4, I guess I’ll give them a shot and report back.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by DamageWagon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:21 am

The color of the plastic matters more than the color of the truck. Have you tried buying your own double sided tape? My tape has been long gone but I never replace it because I pull my fenders all the time, I just let the screws hold the flares

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Post by KevinABQ » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:45 am

Chromolykid wrote:
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Funny you say that! I legitimately believe the dark color is mostly to blame for all my Rambox and fender flare issues. Should’ve bought white. :doh:
With my old grey/silver car in Albuquerque the damn thing used to get super hot, like 160 can't touch bare metal. White trucks and cars don't get nearly that hot. They don't stay cool, but you are not going to burn yourself on the seat belts.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by Reloaderguy » Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:49 am

What tape are you guys using? I have a flare letting go but it's from pulling the fender liner.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by DocPaulo » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:20 pm

Bought those flares from ebay. Havent installed yet.. quality is good and plastic is thick...

Best to paint to avoid uv cracks.. I'm plastidipping them
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Post by Mule » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:41 pm

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Re: Fender Flares

Post by RustyPW » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:51 pm

I have the Bushwacker flairs. Had them on since '08. Have one rear flair superglued together after getting hit with a tree stump. The flairs are not painted. They show some fading. I use Mother's Back to Black and they shine again. When I bought mine. They was just over $400 for front and rear.
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Post by TwinStick » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:14 pm

They are now $500-$600+. Love that pic !!! :rofl:

He probably got a ticket for it ! Did that to piss off the cop maybe, IDK ? lol :lol:
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Post by 13BlkPowerWagon » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:51 pm

I've been using the 3M body tape... https://www.amazon.com/3M-03614-Scotch- ... lding+tape

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Re: Fender Flares

Post by Chromolykid » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:03 pm

Mule wrote:
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Do they come in black? :lol:

These are the ones I’m looking at, I’m a fan of the textured look. I think the standard black makes the wheel well look bigger and the tire smaller, I’m thinking these will break up the dark colors a little bit. I don’t like painted flares personally.
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2495158787
My only issue is they say “some drilling required” but I’m waiting on a reply to see if that means drilling the flare or the truck. I’m not too keen on drilling holes in my truck to save a few bucks.
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Post by DocPaulo » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:31 pm

Any drilling is under the wheel well where screws attach...

Same as i bought just textured
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Post by Chromolykid » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:56 pm

DocPaulo wrote:
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Any drilling is under the wheel well where screws attach...

Same as i bought just textured
So drilling the plastic liner, not the flare itself? I assumed they used the factory mounting holes.

I figure they should stick out about another inch from the factory flares. Any plans to put yours on soon?

These are also very tempting, but ads with hardly any pictures worry me. I like the smooth look but they may stick out a bit further than what I’m looking for: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2526799139
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Post by DocPaulo » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:26 pm

Some holes may not line up so you drill your plastic liner and put a nut to hold it.

I may do mine by end of the month... just realized it may stick out too far.. i may go for the textured if it does.. will post pics when I'm done
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Post by Reloaderguy » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:05 am

13BlkPowerWagon wrote:
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I've been using the 3M body tape... https://www.amazon.com/3M-03614-Scotch- ... lding+tape
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Post by DocPaulo » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:34 am

Need some input... should i paint match my fender or stay with black
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Post by Chromolykid » Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:44 am

DocPaulo wrote:
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Need some input... should i paint match my fender or stay with black
I vote black, especially if you have the two-tone black stripe on the bottom. For some reason color-matched flares always look funny to me, I like a little contrast.
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Post by DocPaulo » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:16 am

Chromolykid wrote:
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DocPaulo wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 12:34 am
Need some input... should i paint match my fender or stay with black
I vote black, especially if you have the two-tone black stripe on the bottom. For some reason color-matched flares always look funny to me, I like a little contrast.
I dont have the stripe... but will have black wk sliders soon... yeah i think will stick with black
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by DocPaulo » Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:10 pm

I ended up returning the flares... realized they stick oit too much... i plan to buy the textured one which is half inch thinner...

Great seller to work with... they covered return shipping and refunded my money... will definitely buy from them again
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by Chromolykid » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:39 pm

DocPaulo wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:10 pm
I ended up returning the flares... realized they stick oit too much... i plan to buy the textured one which is half inch thinner...

Great seller to work with... they covered return shipping and refunded my money... will definitely buy from them again
I bought those textured ones and they were delivered, haven’t been home yet to look at them. Planning to do those very soon as well as some plastidip. I’ll post pictures when I do.
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Re: Fender Flares

Post by DocPaulo » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:15 pm

Chromolykid wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:39 pm
DocPaulo wrote:
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:10 pm
I ended up returning the flares... realized they stick oit too much... i plan to buy the textured one which is half inch thinner...

Great seller to work with... they covered return shipping and refunded my money... will definitely buy from them again
I bought those textured ones and they were delivered, haven’t been home yet to look at them. Planning to do those very soon as well as some plastidip. I’ll post pictures when I do.
Looking forward to pics... need your input on how wide they are... i have oem wheels/offset
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