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Jake: Jake here for AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm taking a look at the Pocket Rivet Style Fender Flares in Smooth Black for '09 to '14 F-150 Stylesides, excluding the Raptor. Now if your truck is gonna spend any time off-pavement, if you want some more space for larger wheels and tires, or if you're just looking for an added dose of style, these fenders are gonna be appealing to you. But before we dive in here, it is worth taking a moment to note that these are not gonna fit your truck if you have a flare side bed or if you've got a Raptor. Now, adding a set of fender flares is a great way to update not just the look, but also the functionality of your truck. In addition to providing those good looks, a set like these pocket style flares can also give you truck some added protection while you're out on the trail or at the job site.Now if you're not familiar with the term, pocket style refers to these indents or pockets around the outer edge of the flare itself. These usually have rivets or bolts in them. In some cases, they are functional where they're gonna be used to bolt the flare to the fender of the truck, and in other cases, they're just ornamental, such as the ones that we have here. So these bolts are not gonna contact the body of a truck, and that means that you don't have to drill a bunch of holes in your F-150s fenders. Now that's not to say that these are just for looks though. They are made from OEM-grade ABS plastic, which is known for its durability and its impact resistance. So if you're out on the job site or you're hitting the trail, these are gonna provide some excellent protection against obstacles and impacts that you might encounter.And since their larger in height than your stock flares, they're also gonna provide more protection for more of the fender than you would have stock. As you can tell, these are also a little bit wider than your stock flares, especially the ones in the back. So, if you've got larger wheels and tires, or if you're planning to fit those down the road a bit, these are gonna help keep the body of your truck from getting marred up by rocks or other debris that those larger wheels and tires might kick up on the road for trail.Now you're probably wondering why I've only got two flares up here on the table and it's purely just for space constraints because it all kind of looks the same. We do have two flares for the front and two for the back, one each for each side of the truck.So you are gonna get all four corners covered in one kit. No need to buy anything separate. Now, of course you can mount these up just as they come out of the box with this smooth black finish because, well, black compliments any paint color well, but you do also have the option to paint these. So if your build is leaning a bit more towards the subtle side or that OEM plus type of look, you might wanna get these color matched and of course you have the option of doing that. Or like I said, you can mount them just as they come right outta the box just like this for that more rugged type of look. Pricing for the set is gonna come in around $200 and that's very much on the inexpensive side as far as these go. So, if you're looking for something that's of good quality for a really good price, these are gonna be an excellent choice that will give you the look and the protection you're wanting without breaking the bank.Now as far as installation goes, these are gonna get a one out of three on our difficulty year. It is gonna take you some time to get these installed, figure on about two hours or so, but the install process is pretty straightforward. You do get all new hardware included in the kit, including all those little bolts that you're gonna put in the pockets around the edges. You also get brand new weather stripping to go around the edges of the fenders themselves to keep your paint from getting all marred up. Now these are designed to bolt on using the factory flare mounting locations, though a small amount of drilling is required and to show you exactly what's what, let's head on over to the install bay right now.Man: The tools you'll need for this project are a 7/32nds socket, a 10-millimeter socket, a ratchet, a small flathead screwdriver, a small Phillips head screwdriver, some sort of cutting device, a quarter-inch drill bit, and a drill. Hi everyone, today we're installing a set of fender flares on our F-150. So let's get started. Our first step is gonna be installing our stainless steel bolts into the pockets on our flares, and we are going to install them on the outside. So you want to put a washer underneath the bolt, attach the nut to the backside. And using the supplied Allen wrench and a half-inch socket, we'll go ahead and tighten that down.Now you just need to repeat that step 37 more times for all the rest of the flares. Now that we've got all of our bolts installed on the flares, we can go ahead and run our edge trim along the outside edge of the flares. So let's get started with that. Now, once you've got that installed all the way around the top edge, you can go ahead and trim that off with a pair of scissors or a utility knife or a pair of snips.Now you can go ahead and install that rubber trim on the other three flares. You don't have to take your tire off in order to install these flares. It does make it a little bit easier, but we're doing it just so you get a better look at what needs to be done. First thing we need to do is remove three screws. One here, one here, and one here. So we're gonna do that using our 7/32nds socket.Now we can go ahead and install this spring clip at the top of the fender well on the tab that's in there with a hole already provided, making sure of course that the raised portion of the clip is facing up. Now we can install our inner trim piece. Now these are side specific, so you wanna make sure that when you install this one that it's for the correct side, and the way to determine that if it's not marked, is to line up the center hole here with your new spring clip. And as long as the edge does not go down past this fender trim here, you've got the right one. So let's go ahead and get this installed. So the middle screw is gonna go into our spring clip that we just installed using a supplied screw from the kit.Now we can replace the front screw and the back screw with the original screws that we just took out. Now we'll tighten those down with our 7/32nds socket. Now we can go ahead and install our fender flare using the supplied plastic clips and the plastic screws to go with them to hold them in place. There is one final screw at the bottom of this that we took out earlier that we will be reusing. And once we get this installed, I'll show you there's one more push pin that needs to be installed, but in order to do that, you have to drill a hole into the front fender, which we're not gonna do on our vehicle today, but I'll show you where it's at. Now to insert these screws, we're gonna be using a small flathead screwdriver even though the screw itself has a cross bit for it, but unless you've got an extremely flat Phillips head screwdriver, a small flat head will work best.Now this last hole right here is the one that has to be drilled, and you're gonna use a quarter-inch drill bit to drill through here using this flare as a guide so you know where to put it. Once you get that hole drilled, then you can use the same push pins that we use in the top to go ahead and finish installing that. All right, now we're ready to install our rear fender flare, and we're gonna be using these spring clips and supplied screws that you'll find in the kit. Now, the easiest way that I found to be able to do this, because there is no specific spot to put these, we're gonna remove this 10-millimeter bolt here and here, and we're gonna use that to mount the fender flare first to hold it up in place. That way we can figure out exactly where these clip spring clips need to go to hold the fender flare in place.And in order to install these, it's gonna be just like the front, the raised portion is gonna go towards the top and we're just gonna slide it over the edge of the fender well like that. And then when we put our screw in, it'll go right up in where it's supposed to in the fender flare. So there are six of these spring clips for each wheel well. So let's go ahead and get started. All right, so this is the bolt on the rear of the fender well. And this is the one on the front. Now we go ahead and mount this up using the two 10-millimeter bolts that we just took out. And we'll tighten them up with our 10-millimeter socket.And as we stated before, we've got six holes in the fender flare that these spring clips are gonna go behind. So let's go ahead and get those installed, and then we'll install our screws and get everything secured. Okay, now we can go ahead and insert our screws and tighten them down with our Phillips head screwdriver. And now you can repeat that process for the front and the rear on the other side. And that wraps up for our review and install of our Pocket Rivet Style Fender Flares with the Smooth Black Finish for the '09 to '14 F-150 Styleside pickups. Thanks for watching. And remember, for everything F-150, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks.com.
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