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To flare or not to flare

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by dknapp, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. Apr 28, 2021 at 9:24 AM
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    dknapp

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    I'm trying to decide if I should replace the fender flare that was ruined in the crash, or just take off the flares all together..

    I feel like if I keep them, I'll need spacers to make it look right. Tire are currently 33x12.5x18

    I think they help protect the fenders, but maybe not?
    I can't decide what looks better, and I can't tell what brand these flares are either..

    Curious about your thoughts.
    Looking for running board or tube step suggestions also

    Sorry for the bad pictures, I don't have good ones yet

     
  2. Apr 28, 2021 at 9:34 AM
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    Take a look at the paint where the damaged flair was, they're notorious for damaging paint if no paint protection was used at install, dirt and other stuff gets between the paint and flair and scratches surface up, so depending on how long they've been in place you might not be happy when you remove them.
     
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  3. Apr 28, 2021 at 9:37 AM
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    dknapp

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    I did check on that, you can tell where the rubber seal was touching the fender, but it's not scratched. It should buff out pretty easily I think
     
  4. Apr 28, 2021 at 10:14 AM
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    Completely personal preference. Myself, I see other Tundras and they look naked without them, provided the wheels are correctly offset.

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  5. Apr 28, 2021 at 10:48 AM
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    Pearpower - Question. What's the dimensions on the wheels? Also, how much lift did you do? Appreciated.
     
  6. Apr 28, 2021 at 11:03 AM
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    dknapp

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    curious about this too
     
  7. Apr 28, 2021 at 12:56 PM
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  8. Apr 28, 2021 at 2:19 PM
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    Looks good. I thought it would be more than 1/4 shim but maybe the rims you have help
     
  9. Apr 29, 2021 at 9:18 AM
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    Shim is for the lift, not offset.
     
  10. Apr 29, 2021 at 9:39 AM
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    I think they look good if the wheel/tire package has the offset to match them.

    If the flares stick out way further than the tires, it looks stupid as hell.

    That said... there is a benefit to not having them... and having the tires poke out a little.

    Several months ago I got sideswiped on the highway. Car tried to occupy the space I was already in... going 65mph. It didnt work out too well for him. He got big black doughnut marks on the left side of his silver car.

    Not a single scratch on my truck... and a little Tire Shine took care of the dull smear on my sidewalls.
    And naturally... being Atlanta... the guy never stopped. Just took off.

    I had previously considered putting flares on my truck, but after the doughnut incident, I'm leaving it as-is.
     
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  11. Apr 29, 2021 at 10:16 AM
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    oh duh.. I need to drink my coffee before I comment
     
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    What Fenders are these? They look better then most.
     
  13. May 4, 2021 at 4:11 PM
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    Please leave them off, I think flares look godawful
     
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    Take em off, the bolt on style is from the 90's and hideous.
     
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  17. May 5, 2021 at 8:14 AM
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    Alot of them
    No way. They look nice on alot of our trucks. As mentioned, wheel offset is a factor in the looks. I run a 0 offset with mine. I have my flares Line-X'ed.
     
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  18. May 5, 2021 at 8:32 AM
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    You asked about Flair and I couldn’t resist. :rofl:
     
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  19. May 5, 2021 at 9:19 AM
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    They do keep the side of the truck from being torn up by the more aggressive tires.
     
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  20. May 5, 2021 at 10:26 AM
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    Never give people trying to force their opinion on others any light.
     
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  21. May 5, 2021 at 10:47 AM
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    Alot of them
    :rofl:
     
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  22. May 5, 2021 at 12:59 PM
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    Nice Truck PearlPower! Beautiful! I just added them to my 2018 Magnetic Grey Double Cab. 295/70/18's with 1.5" spacers. (Adjustable 3" ICON Lift). I hope the truck looks half as good as yours. Nice build.
     
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