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How to Install Fender Flares

There are many ways to improve your pickup truck, but installing fender flares is a surefire way to give any vehicle a flashy new look. These components not only enhance a car's appearance, but they also provide proper coverage over large wheels, which is important in certain states. While mechanics can charge quite a bit for installing fender flares, you can cut down the cost by doing the work yourself. Here are some easy steps to get the job done.

What you'll need:

  • Front and rear fender flares. They usually come part of an installation kit with appropriate bolts.
  • Ratchet and socket set. Use the ratchet and socket set to unbolt old flares and bolt new ones.
  • Screwdriver. A flathead or Phillips screwdriver will remove and fasten any factory screws.
  • Drill and bit set. Use the drill to add holes in the body if there aren't existing fender flares.
  • Safety goggles. Wear the goggles as you drill to prevent flying debris from hurting your eyes.
  • Double-sided tape. This typically comes as additional reinforcement in your installation kit.

Step 1: Uninstall existing fender flares

Use the ratchet and socket set to unbolt the fender flares already attached near your front and rear wheels. The bolts are typically located by the backside of the fender. If your vehicle doesn't already have fender flares, continue to the next step.



Step 2: Line up the fender flare with the body.

It's important to see if each fender flare fits on the body of your vehicle. If the front edge touches the bumper and the bottom edge lines up with the bottom of the fender, it should fit properly.



Step 3: Remove factory screws.

There should be factory screws inside the well of the car's fender. Use a Phillips or flathead screwdriver to remove screws. Not all vehicles are equipped with these screws.



Step 4: Drill holes into the body.

If your vehicle didn't already have fender flares, use a drill and an appropriate bit to add holes in the body. Be sure to wear safety goggles while drilling to protect your eyes from any debris in the air. Most kits have instructions showing where to drill each hole. Skip this step if you already have holes from previously installed flares.



Step 5: Apply double-sided tape to each flare.

Add double-sided automotive tape to the back of the fender flare. Peel off the other side and line up the flare holes with the ones on the body.




Step 6: Bolt the fender flare to body.

Use the ratchet and socket set to bolt your fender flare onto the body. If the vehicle had factory screws, screw them back on through the proper holes on the flare.



Step 7: Repeat steps 2-6 on the other fenders.

You should be able to repeat the fender flare installation process on each fender. Make sure to securely fasten the screws and bolts on all four fender flares one more time before concluding.