You can get a lot of benefits from using this part for your vehicle. The primary purpose of it is to prevent the rotating tires to throw particles such as mud, rocks, sand, liquids, and other road substances into the air. For aesthetic purpose, you can customize the look of your vehicle with this part. You can install it in your stock truck to add style.
Another benefit is it becomes an extension of your vehicle especially when you plan to put on bigger tires. It is fitted directly over the wheel well and contoured to match the same body lines of the vehicle. It is also used to hide rust or body damage around the wheel well. These are typically made to be rigid and paired up with flexible mud flaps.
Fender flares are legally required if you’re planning to put on larger tires. You need to determine what set of fender flares you want or need. Finding the style that fits with your vehicle will depend on your preference and your personality. There are different brands that offer this automotive part in various color, shapes and sizes, but it can be categorized into one of 4 styles:
- OE Style. This style will give an added style on the basic stock look on your vehicle. This is also preferred by those who just want to hide a small amount of body rust or damage in their vehicle. Take note that some OE style fender flares does not use the same factory holes and may require drilling.
- Street Style. Street Flares provides protection around the wheel well and fenders, plus an added style and low-profile appearance on the vehicle. It has a smaller profile compared to OE style. You can usually see this on showroom style trucks.
- Pocket / Bolt Style. The Pocket / Bolt Style provide protection while giving an extremely rugged and tough look on your ride. It’s a no-drill installation, unlike the OE style that requires drilling. It is created with a bolt set in each number of pockets which gives bolt-on appearance.
- Extended Style. If you want your vehicle to look tougher but needs a serious extension, then you have to put on the extended style fenders. These are usually seen on heavy duty-looking vehicles but not as aggressive as the looks you can get from the bolted style.