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Fender Flares History

Fender Flares History

An after-market accessory on cars are fender flares, which blocks mud and stones and/or cover wide tires.
They are sometimes used by manufacturers on models that have wider tires than basic models.
Using this method, the manufacturer can provide the needed tire coverage without producing a different fender, bed side, or quarter panel for what may be a low-production model.
Fender flares are used on SUVs, pickup trucks, off-road vehicles, and sport cars.
They either come with a vehicle as a standard equipment or added afterwards as an aftermarket accessory.
Fender flares are often made of fiberglass or ABS plastic to ensure flexibility and light weight, however the ABS plastic is most popular material in automative industry.
The most important characteristic of a fender flare is the width as it shows the tire coverage. Common fender flares are 1"- 8" wide.
There are 2 common styles of fender flares:

  • OE style (Narrow flares without pockets)


  • Bolt-on (wider fender flares with exposed bolts)

 

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