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This turned out great since I agree that the bare flares can look unfinished. How secure is it, just adhesive backing? Do you think it will hold up over time?

Would love to see a quick write up if you have the time.
I think it will hold up just fine. There small sheet metal screws that screw into the bottom lip of the wheel well that come with the kit, but they are garbage. I used some others that I had laying around. All the adhesive strip really is good for is holding it in place till you get the screws in. As long as the screws are secure.. You're good to go. The key is using a heat gun to get it pliable to conform where you want it.

Il do a legit write up on it now that I know people are interested!

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Re: Removed Front fender flares... applied 3M trim

Looks Great, Im planning on removing my flares once the outdoor temp in Chicago decides what it wants do.
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Re: Removed Front fender flares... applied 3M trim

Wow this is awesome. Thanks for sharing. Just got 35s and they will start hitting the flares. This tip is just in time.
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Re: Removed Front fender flares... applied 3M trim

heres how I did this little mod

link to kit on ebay

https://www.ebay.com/itm/236-Inch-Ma...72.m2749.l2649

***NOTE***

THE SHEET METAL SCREWS PROVIDED WITH THE KIT ARE GARBAGE !

I HIGHLY RECOMEND USING DIFFERENT SCREWS !
The size of th screws is not noted in the kit so i dont know what size they are , but the ones i used were aprox. 1/16" longer but the same diameter.




TOOLS NEEDED

1) Screw gun with Phillips head

2) Heat gun ( a good blow dryer might work)

3) something to cut the trim . this material is made of PVC vinyl. its actually pretty tough stuff I used a hacksaw blade . it worked pretty well, and made a reasonably clean cut


INSTALLATION

1) Measure the trim material. Stretch the trim around the wheel well to get a rough estimate of where to cut it. there is enough material in the kit to do at least 3 fenders , so don't worry you will have PLENTY of trim to work with.

2) Clean the Bottom lip of the fender with 409, brakleen or similar stuff so the 3M adhesive strip will adhere better.





3) Hold the end of the trim to the end of the fender . Cut at angle to match the piece under headlight



4) peel back aprox 8 inches of the adhesive backing and heat up with heat gun.


5) Firmly press the end of the trim to the bottom lip of the fender matching the angled end to the trim body piece located under the headlight .


6) Drill a pilot hole through the trim and into the bottom lip of the fender and secure with sheet metal screw.


7) Now that you have the end secured, Heat up anther 8"or so of the trim, peel back the adhesive , and continue around the rest of the fender placing sheet metal screws every 8 inches or so.


8) Cut the bottom end of the trim to match the horizontal oem rocker trim that runs across the bottom of the door/fender.


9) Admire your handiwork.


Remember, The heat gun is your friend!! be sure to get the trim as hot as possible (without melting it, and still being able to handle it) the corner section where it transitions from horizontal to vertical can be tricky be sure to heat that part especially wel and push it into place to get it to contour around the corner.
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Re: Removed Front fender flares... applied 3M trim

Can you post some more pics? Hard to get a good look at it with just the closeup shots.
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Re: Removed Front fender flares... applied 3M trim

Would this work on the OEM fender flares for people with wide tires, or negative offset rims to add more width to the flares?


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Re: Removed Front fender flares... applied 3M trim

Well that looks cool.

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Would this work on the OEM fender flares for people with wide tires, or negative offset rims to add more width to the flares?


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I doubt it. I think the radius on the flares is a little too large and you would likely need to use screws or something to keep it on there. Would look pretty bad and not worth the effort for the gained 1/2" (if that)
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I doubt it. I think the radius on the flares is a little too large and you would likely need to use screws or something to keep it on there. Would look pretty bad and not worth the effort for the gained 1/2" (if that)
You're absolutely correct, this stuff doesn't give you any width really at all. It just cleans up the line of the edge of the fender

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Gotcha..it almost looked like there was a lip along the edge that added width


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