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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, we're taking a quick a look at and installing the Barricade Premium Molded Fender Flares available for the '09 to '18 Ram 1500. There is about three reasons you might be picking up a set of fender flares for your own Ram. Number one, maybe you want that aggressive off-road styling to the exterior appearance of your truck. Number two, you might have wheels and tires that stick out just a little bit outside of your fenders. In a lot of cases that is illegal for road use, having your tire poke out wider than the side fenders of your truck. Adding fender flares extends that coverage over the tires and makes them street legal and it also gives your truck a little bit of a wider stance. The reason number three would be to protect your paint and your body panels from rocks or road debris both on and off-road being kicked up and damaging your body and paint. Having fender flares gives you that extra coverage around the wheel well arches, so if something does get kicked up it hits these and not your body panels which can ultimately end up costing you money in paint and repairs.Now, these are pocket-style fender flares, that's exactly the styling you're looking at here today. This is not more of an OEM one, this is a little more geared to an aftermarket design. Now, you are gonna have open holes here at the top for hardware that isn't gonna really bolt anything to your body, so you don't have to do any drilling or cutting, it's gonna give the impression of having rivets holding this to your body panels. So, fake rivets are gonna be put in here. We're gonna show you guys how to install those in just a little bit, it's essentially just a bolt, washers and nuts through the back. Other than that, you are gonna be given weatherstripping to make sure it gets that airtight seal and it's also gonna make sure it doesn't damage your paint having that plastic rub up against the metal.Now, that material, by the way, is a very durable ABS plastic which is something that is great for impact resistance, so you know you're getting a quality material that can handle off-road experiences. If you're taking your truck on the trails or the work site, this can take all that debris that's being kicked up and that's kind of the point. Like I said, you don't want that stuff hitting your paint, but instead you want a fender flare that's durable enough to take that beating for your truck.Now in addition to that ABS plastic, it has that matte black finish over top which is paintable. Right out of the box, you get exactly what you see here, which goes right on your truck like what we're gonna do today with our 2014 right behind me. But if you wanted to send this to your local paint shop to get color matched to your factory paint, you could do that as well, it's ready for you right out of the box. So, that's something to keep in mind moving forward.If you wanna pick this up for yourself you can do so for just about 300 bucks for the set. The set includes two for the front and two for the rear and all of the hardware necessary to get the job done. Speaking of that job, I am giving this one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. The entire installation will take about an hour from start to finish for both sides. It's really simple, anybody can tackle it with very simple hand tools. Like I said, no drilling, no cutting, no modifications. It's a simple bolt-on mod that uses pre-existing bolts from the inside of your fender liner. And I'm gonna show you guys how that gets done step-by-step, so let's get right into it.Tools used in this install include a ratchet, recommended to have an extension as well, 7 and 8-millimeter deep sockets, T45 Torx bit, 13-millimeter wrench, Phillips head screwdriver, and wire cutters. The first step here before we can install our fender flares on our 2014 Ram is to get them on the table and install the hardware that I was mentioning just a minute ago. Now, we have them on the table here, it's a T45 bolt with a nylon lock nut and washer on the opposite end. What we're gonna do is take that apart, put the bolt through the open hole, thread it on from the back. Now, you wanna have a 13-millimeter wrench to hold that nut from the back and a T45 Torx socket to tighten it down from the top. We have 10 of them on our rear fender flare and then we're going to do the same process for the front and then we'll get to the install. All right. The next step here is our edge trim or our weatherstripping. This is going to make sure that the plastic doesn't come in contact with your paint and start scratching it up, it gives you a nice bond between the two. Now, it's a really, really long roll, as you see I have it hanging off the table here. What you want to do, is start it on the outside edge, so the edge that's gonna be touching the top of your paint above your fender, start at that outside edge and just get a rough measurement of how much you're gonna need for the fender flare. From there, once you have that rough estimate, take some wire cutters or some scissors and cut it. That way you're not working with the entire roll while trying to apply it to each fender flare individually. So, now that we have this, what we're gonna do is go to the one outside edge. As you can see, it's got a red backing. There's 3M molding inside of this edge trim to make sure it stays in place. So, you're gonna peel back some of that red trim on the inside, that will expose the 3M. Once you peel back the red backing on the 3M, you're gonna apply it to the edge of your fender flare. So, we're gonna start from this side and work our way down the outside edge. All right. Now, before we can install our fender flare on our 2014 Ram we have to remove a couple of bolts here in the wheel well. The first one is gonna be on the left side of our front tire. And again, we're on the driver side front of our truck. First thing you're gonna want to do is remove the bolt right above the split between the bumper and the fender. That's right here to the right of the headlight, that first one above the split. Grab your 7-millimeter socket and take this off. Now we're gonna grab our 8-millimeter ratchet and socket. We're gonna remove the two down here by our plastic trim. Next up we're gonna put these clip nuts in the open holes on our fender liner. You're gonna remove bolts throughout this thing and then once that's taken care of you're gonna slip this right over the open hole. If it's a little loose, you can pinch it shut. You're gonna do the same thing for the other two on this side, but our 2014 Ram already has them installed. If your Ram has those pre-installed, you can skip that step just like ours here, but if you don't have those clip nuts already in place where the screws to come out of, you're gonna put them in place, they're included in the kit for you.So, now it's time we can take our fender flares and put it into place. The three screws that we just removed from our fender wells are gonna get replaced back into the same factory location, just to hold on that flare and then we're gonna go through where we put our clip nuts along the top edge here and put our new screws in that were included in the kit. All right. Now, we can put our flare into place. Line it up at the back, make sure those line up, just bring it up to the front to line up with the bolt that you removed with your 7-millimeter socket, and we're gonna thread that through by hand.Once we have those in, I wanna make one quick point before we move forward. If your truck has the plastic trim underneath of this section, you will have to pop that off. And you're already removing the two screws from there, it's just a push-connect clip at the bottom, pinch that and remove it completely. That'll give you enough clearance to get this passed and line up the holes to tighten it down.So, now we're gonna grab our 8-millimeter ratchet and socket and tighten these two down. From there, we're gonna take some of the hardware included in the kit to tighten it down to the U-clip nuts we've already installed on the trim. Now that we have an 8-millimeter socket, we can tighten it down. The next set of screws are just gonna be Phillips head. So, grab your Phillips head screwdriver to tighten the next ones down.Now for the rear, what we're gonna do is grab our 8-millimeter ratchet and socket. Start from the back here toward our tailgate and remove these two on the plastic trim. Next up, we're gonna keep moving upward and remove the next one on our fender. If we continue moving up our line here, we're gonna skip the next one. On our truck here this is an open hole, so we're gonna put a U-clip on that. We'll come back to that in just a little bit though. Moving right along, we gonna skip the next one as well and remove this. The 8-millimeter bolt directly under that also gets removed. And finally, the first one all the way at the bottom is gonna get removed. Next up, we're gonna put one of our clip nuts dead center of the top of our wheel well, it's got an open hole, then you're gonna put that through. Now, we can grab our fender flare, put it into place and tighten it down with those screws.All right. Now, we're gonna set our fender flare in place. And just to hold it in we're gonna do our top center bolt first. You just want to get them tightened down by hand for now, making sure all of them line up and then go back with your ratchet and socket and tighten them down. So, for now, doing it by hand, we're gonna move right back up to the next one. All right. Now, you're good to go. Repeat the entire process for the other side of the truck. All right, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and installation of the Barricade Premium Molded Fender Flares available for the '09 to '18 Ram 1500. If you want to get your set you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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