(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Justin: The Barricade Aggressive Molded Fender Flare set should appeal to the 2009 to 2014 truck owners who are looking for an option that's gonna provide you with just over 2 inches of additional coverage, either to help you hide a wider wheel or lower offset or just make for a tougher look overall. Now, this kit does include a set of 4 flares altogether along with the hardware in included rivets or just north of $200 bucks, while the install itself will involve the smallest amount of drilling, so therefore we will knock it up to a 2 out of 3 wrenches on the old difficulty meter along with a few hours from start to finish, but be sure to stay tuned towards the end of this video and we'll show you how it's done. But why go with an aggressive flare like this in the first place? Well, two big reasons come to mind, either you really just dig the look or you need to cover up some tire poke thanks to a wider wheel or again a more aggressive offset. Listen, guys, I really dig the look of a little poke with my trucks. I think it looks great, but the reality is, some laws mandate that tires are covered at all times and if they aren't, well you could either fail inspection or get hassled by your local authorities, neither of which is a whole lot of fun. On top of that, uncovered tires on a lower or more aggressive offset wheel can result in a very dirty truck very quickly as the smallest mud puddle can sling water, dirt, mud, whatever down the side of your rig. Now, obviously some people might not really mind this all too much because again, we are talking about a truck here, but some folks like myself who are a little bit OCD with their rides might not enjoy cleaning it every other day, so therefore a fender flare makes perfect sense. And the aggressive flares here from Barricade will help keep your truck a little bit cleaner thanks again to the additional coverage. In fact, you're looking at just over 2 inches of coverage here, both front and rear, helping to keep your rig a little bit cleaner while making for a more aggressive look. Now, aside from that tougher look, interested F150 owners can also look forward to a very tough build here with the ABS plastic construction while being completed in a paintable matte black finish, meaning you could always prime these things in paint or color match them to your F150 for a more custom look. But sticking with the appearance for a little bit longer here, guys, you'll notice these fender flares from Barricade do include the fake rivets or hardware which some people might love, others maybe not so much. Listen, guys, if you're not the biggest fan of the included rivets or hardware, Barricade does also offer their Raptor style flare here on the site for a little less money compared to their aggressive players. It's gonna be a more smooth look and some people might prefer that instead. And again, feel free to check both out here at AT if you haven't done so already. But let's switch gears here and mention the install as promised earlier guys, and again there is the smallest amount of drilling needed to get these puppies in place, so we did knock it up to a 2 out of 3 wrenches on that difficulty meter and about three hours or so, give or take depending on your setup. But to give you a better idea of how the job's going to go down, here is Tony with a detailed walkthrough along with a tool breakdown. Tony: All right, thanks, Justin. Now, let's go ahead and get started with the install of our new fender flares. As you can see, our truck has a little bit of wheel poke and we're gonna go ahead and take care of that. We're gonna begin by removing our factory flare, now there's a few clips underneath and a few clips behind them that go directly into the fender. After we get them off, we're gonna go ahead and clean up the body of our fender. That way we don't leave any dirt or grime underneath of there once we get our new ones on. Now, if your truck does not come equipped with the factory fender flares, there might be a hole or two you have to drill and that will only be right up in here to get these clips in. If not, like ours, you're gonna utilize all the factory holes. Now let's go ahead and get started with this install. Tools used for this installation are as follows. An impact driver or a ratchet, that is up to you, a 5.5-millimeter socket, a 10-millimeter socket, a 13-millimeter socket, also a Phillips head screwdriver or screwdriver bit for your impact driver. You will also need a set of cutters, a few different pry tools, or just one really good one, a microfiber and some quick detailer or wax. All right, now with a panel pry tool, we're gonna go ahead and remove the Christmas tree clips. Now there's 5 of them, 4 that run underneath here and then one directly underneath over here. So get underneath of them to pop them out. Now you want to try and save these the best that you can. If they break, well, we'll just have to replace them. Now, there is one more clip and it goes directly up from the bottom, but on ours, like a lot of people's out there, it might already be broken, probably something flinged up off the tire and hit it. So I can't show you the removal of something that's not there, but it just removes like the rest of them. Just come straight up from the bottom. Now, to remove the flare itself off the side of the fender, remember I said there's a bunch of clips behind here. You don't want to just go grabbing it and yanking it. It's gonna destroy and warp the metal, of your fender. Just take your time, pull back on it, and just give it small tugs until you feel them release. Now, as you can see a few of the clips stayed actually on the fender. I'll show you how to remove those now. Now I'm gonna go ahead and remove these using another panel removal tool, except this one's plastic. It's gonna be a little softer on your paint so it doesn't cause any damage. Now, just get behind it and pop them off. Now, just take your time when remove these. There's no need to rush, you don't want to cause any damage to your fender. Now these last two clips all the way here in the front, these are actually bolted into place. They do actually hold a piece of metal from the fender behind it, so we're just gonna leave those in place. They're not going to harm anything and our new over fender is gonna cover them up and they will not be in the way. But let's go ahead and get this fender cleaned up because you can see all the dirt that was trapped under our factory fender flare, this is actually just part of what causes that premature rust on your vehicle, so let's get that cleaned up and it will also get a nice coat of wax over this while we do that. This way it'll protect the paint. That way it won't rust later. All right, now with your favorite brand quick detail spray, mine comes in a red bottle, we're gonna go ahead and clean this all up with a nice microfiber towel. Now I like the go ahead and spray it on the rag first and then a little mist over the body panel itself. As you'll notice, I do keep flipping the rag over to a clean side. That's because I don't want to rub that dirt into the paint anymore. So as I get all the heavy stuff off, I want to keep going to a clean side, a clean side and clean side until this is nice and clean and neat and looks good for us and we can get our new fender flare on. All right, now that looks a lot better. Now we're ready to go ahead and get our new fender flare installed. But before we do that, we have a little bit of assembly to do on our new fender flare. Now we're here on our table. We got a few things that we got to install on our flares before we install them on our truck. Now one of those things is our weatherstripping. Now what this will do is seal against the upper edge of our fender flare to the body of our truck. This will keep this from rattling around, destroying your paint. It's nice soft rubber and it actually does have double sided tape inside to lock them down to them, so this doesn't peel off later. Also what this does is it will protect from getting all that dirt and grime and stuff behind your fender flares and building up inside of here, and that just adds to that premature rust on your body panels that nobody wants on their vehicle, especially after they spend all the money to purchase it. So let's go ahead and get those installed. You're just gonna start at one edge. I must tell you when you get these, all of this weatherstripping is gonna be one large role, so don't go cutting it until after you get it installed on your fender. Install it first, then trim to fit. Now, as you'll notice as I'm installing this, I did not pull the one side off of our double stick tape. That's because I want it installed first before I lock it into place with the tape. Now, we reached all the way here to the end, go ahead, just snip that off and there we have it. Then after that, gonna reach underneath, grab the corner of the plastic that is on our double sided tape and just slowly peel that out. This will lock it down into place now that it's all in. And make sure you just push it down to lock it in and just do a little bit at a time. All right, next we have to get on the aesthetics that are our little bolts that go around the edge of it. Now it's gonna use a T45 Torx bit to hold these in place and a 13-millimeter socket to tighten down the nut on the back. Now I'm gonna show you what it looks like from underneath. I'll show you how to tighten them up and once they're all in, I'll flip it over and I'll show you how it looks. Once again, these are strictly aesthetic only. They are only there for show, but they do use nice hardware, so this will look good for a long time. Put the Torx side down, go ahead and install your nut on the back of it. The nuts supplied in the kit are lock nuts so they will stay on for a long time. You don't have to worry about these rattling loose while you're driving down the highway. I'm gonna use my T45 Torx bit to hold down our bolts and I'm gonna using my breaker bar to do it. Now you don't need to do this, this is just how I'm doing it. And a 13 mil on the back and just snug them down. Now you don't need to crank on them, you're only tightening them up to hold them in place. These aren't structural. Tightening these down too much could actually end up cracking your new fender flare, and that is something you definitely don't want to do. All right, now with them all tightened down, this is how our new fender flare is gonna look, and they do look sharp. Now with the coating that is on these, you could paint these to match your vehicle if need be. I would highly recommend doing that before installing all of this, but I think they're going to look good on this white truck just in black like this. Now let's go ahead and get these installed. Now before we actually get the fender flare up and on, there is this small bracket that we have to install. Now this goes on very easily. There's just a few screws up inside our fender well we have to remove. Now to take those out, it's going to be a 5.5-millimeter socket. You're gonna take those out, line this up into place, and reinstall those same screws, but to hold this bracket in. Now, what this bracket does is it gives us a few extra holes to clip our new flares into to make it nice and tight up against the body. All right, and it's this screw here and there's a couple of these on the inside of your fender well, go ahead and get that removed. We'll save that and use it for the installation of our new bracket. All right, now just go ahead and slide your new bracket up into place and replace it with those factory screws that we just took out. All right, now just go ahead, get your new fender flare lined up into place and reinstall those Christmas tree clips we removed earlier. Now with our hardware all secure, our front fender flare is done. Now just remember that everything we just did here is exactly the same on the other side. There is no difference from the left and the right on the front. Now as for the rear, it's a little bit different, there's a few extra bolts we have to remove, but is nothing more than a 10-millimeter socket. And you know what? I think these look great, nice aggressive feel, they take care of that poke, they'll guard the side of your vehicle. Now let's go ahead and get that rear one done so we could see what this looks like done as a whole. All right, now we're here at the rear of our vehicle and we're ready go ahead and get our factory fender flare off, and to do that there's going to be a bolt on each side of our fender flare coming up from the bottom of the bed. Now this bolt doubles as a support bolt for flares. That way the bottom of our quarter panels don't shake in and out. Now it's just gonna be a 10-millimeter socket and I'm gonna use my impact gun to take them off. I've already pre-sprayed them down with a little bit of penetrating lubricant, which you can do at home. It will help because, well, these bolts are exposed to the elements you're going to get a lot of road grime and water and dust on them, so it's just a little bit of extra preventative to keep them from breaking and it shouldn't really take much to get them out. And just like the front, we have a few clips on the inside that we have to pop out first, then we can go ahead and pop off the clips that are behind our fender flare. Then we'll clean it up and get our new one installed. A 10-millimeter socket right here at the bottom of our fender flare. All right, now just like on the front, we have the clips that are behind it. We're gonna slowly start pulling this off until they release. And just like on the front, we got to remove a few of the clips. All right, now that our truck is ready and prepped, you can go ahead and get our fender flare assembled and get it in place. Now, once you get your fenders assembled, just like we did on the front ones with all those screws and the weatherstripping, we can go ahead and get them on our truck. All right, now that we're ready to get this on our truck, I like to start with the two bottom bolts first. Put them up from underneath. We're gonna use the same hardware that we took out from factory. By doing this, it's actually going to hold this in place for us while we get our clips and our new hardware on to secure this safely to our truck. All right, now these are the clips that are supplied in the kit. What these will actually do is slide over your body line inside of your inner fender well, and they're gonna hang over a little bit just so you can get the screw in there on the outside of that metal. It's going to clamp it down. It's going to hold your outer fender in place real nice and tight, and when [inaudible 00:19:02] clamping it down it's gonna hold these tight to the body. They also supply the Philips head screws needed to hold them in. So what you do is you find the hole, go ahead and slide your clip in from the inside, but only slide the clip over your truck itself, not over the new fender flare. Push your fender flare in. Start your screw by hand. Send it home. Now you want to make sure that you hold the clip from behind so it doesn't slip on you. All right. Well our install is complete and they look great. Nice aggressive look, better protection on your quarter panel and front fender on your truck from your wider wheels that had that slight poke. Now, I hope you enjoyed this video. I'm Tony. This is AmericanTrucks. And make sure you give us a visit online at americantrucks.com.
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