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Fender flares (rust shame-hiders)

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Old 05-12-2019, 11:45 AM
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I've got the ol 99 Jim and have sanded/bondo'd the rear wheel arch 3 times now and I'm over that... I'm thinking at this point I'm better off buying fender flares and either leaving them black or painting white to "match" (it doesnt actually match worth a ****, but looks better than rust).

I'm having a hard time finding any kits that cover more than just the very bottom of the arch. I'd like something that extends upward at least a couple inches.

Anyone have any recommendations?
 
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:51 PM
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Bushwacker makes very cool flares. I want the 4" to 6" for my monster when I'm ready. They are not cheap but then again nobody carries any nicer flares than Bushwacker does. https://www.bushwacker.com/
 
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No matter what you find to put on the vehicle you need to kill the rust first.
Rust under paint, bondo, even your new flairs will keep right on rusting and as funny as it sounds sealing it up usually speeds up the process.
Sanding at it is fine but rust gets impreagnated into the metal and should be treated.
 
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Originally Posted by odat View Post
No matter what you find to put on the vehicle you need to kill the rust first.
Rust under paint, bondo, even your new flairs will keep right on rusting and as funny as it sounds sealing it up usually speeds up the process.
Sanding at it is fine but rust gets impreagnated into the metal and should be treated.
And everyone who deals with rust should have a bottle or jug of OSPHO on their shelf!! Can be found at most hardware stores including ACE.
 
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Originally Posted by odat View Post
No matter what you find to put on the vehicle you need to kill the rust first.
Rust under paint, bondo, even your new flairs will keep right on rusting and as funny as it sounds sealing it up usually speeds up the process.
Sanding at it is fine but rust gets impreagnated into the metal and should be treated.
As much as I'd love my adopted beater to be on the road for many years to come, I paid $1000 for it, it's already served its purpose by getting me through winter. Now it's just a point of pride, I guess, to keep it going and looking as good as possible while doing so.

Rust spots on bumper and rear wheel arch have been sanded and treated with rust converter, but I'm still not hopeful it's going to last. It still has structural integrity on most of the surface but the only real way to fix it would be to cut it out, which I am not capable of doing at this point in time.

One final sanding, treating, etching bare metal spots, priming, painting, and clear coating, followed by installation of fender flares... and hopefully I dont have to see the rust poke its head out again over the next couple/few years i have this truck. That's also why I want the "tallest" ones I can find... so it has quite a while before it breaches the top of it (if ever).
 
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You're welcome. Sometimes I sit here for days on end until I find just what I'm looking for. It can suck but at least we don't have to go driving and wasting gas and wear and tear on our vehicles looking. Good luck. Let us know what you decide on and maybe one of us can use that idea also.
 
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Originally Posted by WizardMaster View Post
You're welcome. Sometimes I sit here for days on end until I find just what I'm looking for. It can suck but at least we don't have to go driving and wasting gas and wear and tear on our vehicles looking. Good luck. Let us know what you decide on and maybe one of us can use that idea also.
Isnt that the truth! Unfortunately if I sat here reading all these posts I'd end up feeling like I "NEED" to replace everything on my truck lol.

I really like the look of those jungle flares, they are simple. I'm not looking for a kit that makes it look like a wide body, I want something as thin as possible, more like a skin than a flare. Those dont look too obnoxious.
 
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I am fairly certain you will have to mod the Bushwackers to fit the rear....it doesn't say anything about 2 or 4 door anywhere. Not sure if they make the 4 door anymore..
 

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