What Are Fender Flares?

Fender flares are an accessory available to most trucks and SUVs on the market.  It is an extension of your vehicle, fitting directly over your wheel well and contoured to match the same body lines as your specific truck or SUV.  Fender flares are available in a wide range of styles, colors, and textures to match the look you’re after.  This is an important & aesthetically pleasing accessory, one that is legally required in certain instances if you have large tires.

Bushwacker Fender Flares

Benefits of Fender Flares

The benefits of fender flares are wide ranging, but most customers purchase for one of four reasons:

  • To add styling to a stock truck
  • To abide by the law if the customer has large tires
  • To hide rust or body damage around the wheel well
  • To replace damaged fender flares that came with the truck

So what are the laws regarding fender flares?  It depends on your state, but the general requirement is that your fender flares have to, at the least, extend out enough to cover the tread on your tires.  Some states may require the flares to cover the full tire.  We highly recommend contacting your local DPS to inquire about the laws governing large tires and fender flares if it is applicable to you.

The reason for a law governing fenders and tires is that tires regularly kick up road debris and loose rocks while you’re driving on roads and highways.  You wouldn’t want your large tires to kick up a rock and crack a windshield behind you.  The law serves has a safety precaution for everyone on the road.  Fender flares will also help to prevent rocks from kicking up and hitting your own truck or SUV, thereby minimizing scrapes and scratches from the road.

Styles of Fender Flares

Once you’ve determined that you need (or just want!) a set of fender flares, the next step is finding the style that fits with your truck and your personality.  There are many styles out there, and they go by different names depending on the manufacturer.  However, they can usually be organized into one of 4 buckets.  Most sets can easily be painted, and in some cases can arrive to your doorstep pre-painted any color, as well as available in both smooth or textured finishes. 

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OE Style

OE Style fender flares are typically purchased by customers looking to give their truck the upgraded stock look, or just want to hide a small amount of body rust or damage.  These flares are not made by the dealer but are designed to reflect the same “off the lot” styling. One point to remember is that some OE style fender flares that require drilling do not use the same factory holes - something to remember if you're replacing your OE flares.

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Street

Although the sizing can vary, Street Flares typically have a bit of a smaller profile than OE style fender flares, giving it a more sleek, low-profile appearance while still providing protection around the fenders and wheel well.  This is a great show-room style as most trucks on the road will have the OE style flares installed. 

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Pocket / Bolt Style

For the trucks that want to be the boss on the road, the Pocket / Bolt Style is up your alley.  These flares provide quite a bit of protection and give an extremely rugged and tough look.  Trucks with the bolted look are easy stand-outs on the road.  The flares have a number of pockets set in the flare with a bolt set in each one, giving it the appearance that the flares are bolted on.  Don’t worry – typically these aren’t actually bolted on (it’s just for looks) and have a no-drill installation, although you’ll need to double check on the set you’re interested in.

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Extended Style

The Extended Style is for those that need serious extension, but don’t necessarily care for the tough and rugged look of the Pocket / Bolt style.  Don’t be fooled – these flares are still extremely tough, and make your truck look heavy duty, but don’t stand out quite as much as the bolted style.  These are perfect for customers that just want to get the job done or like the looks of an extended, non-bolted look.

We’ve made it easy to narrow down your choice of flares – simply click on one of the styles above, select your truck or SUV, and we’ll show you what’s available.  Or click here to view our full collection. It’s really very easy to get started! 

How to Get Started

Fitment Tool

 

Hopefully you now know which style of fender flare you want.  The rest is easy, and we’ll help you along the way.  Simply navigate to our Fender Flares section, select your truck, and take a look at the options available for you.  We will only show you the fender flares that fit your truck, and will notify you of any special fitment notes, so that you can be sure the set you receive is the set you need.

If you know which style you want, click on one of the following links to have the choices narrowed down for you:  OE Style, Street Style, Pocket / Bolt Style or Extended Style.  Or click here to browse our full selection.

If you know that you want painted fender flares, take a look at our pre-painted flare selection.  These are available in most styles and applications, and will arrive at your doorstep pre-painted.  During the ordering process, you’ll have the chance to let us know what color you want your fender flares painted.  We’ll then send the flares to our professional painter and have them shipped directly to you.