Tougher roads call for tougher style. If you're the type who likes going off-road or wishes to navigate rougher trails, then getting a set of fender flares should be at the top of your list. These flares add width to your vehicle's wheel openings by extending and expanding the size of your fenders. They are usually mounted to the wheel wells, and they give additional protection to the vehicle's body. Basically, fender flares keep mud, sticks, stones, and other road debris from hitting the sides of your vehicle and causing unsightly damage or dents. These accessories also add a more rugged style to your vehicle that's perfect for off-road driving.
What are the things to consider when choosing fender flares?
- Know which set of fender flares will best fit your vehicle's make and model. Don't go buying a beefed-up set only because you think it will look good on your Toyota 4Runner. Fender flares that are made specifically for Jeeps will not go well with Chevy models, and vice versa. Know your vehicle's OEM requirements before paying for a new set. Consult your owner's manual to be sure.
- Pick the right size. For purely aesthetic purposes, any size will do. Of course, you may want to go for bigger ones to get a tougher look, but if you're not really after the function, size doesn't really matter. However, if you really want to protect your vehicle against damaging road elements, then make sure you get fender flares that extend beyond the lip of the actual fenders. Flares that are made for Jeep models extend the fenders by approximately three to four inches to completely cover the tire.
- Consider the materials used. Fender flares are usually manufactured from durable plastic, and this can mean anything from ABS to polyurethane. Fiberglass is also commonly used. If you have big, chunky tires, then go for fender flares that are specifically made for heavy-duty applications to keep road splashes from mucking up your vehicle's shiny sides. Most importantly, get UV-resistant fender flares, as plastic tends to deteriorate quickly under the heat of the sun.
- Get a set of paintable fender flares if you want them to match your vehicle's look. Most fender flares are black, but some are also available in OEM colors to save you the hassle of having the flares repainted.
It all boils down to style and protection. Make sure you get fender flares that serve both purposes so that you can get the best value for your money.