- (4) Fender Flares
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RBP's fender trim we're looking at today is a great option for my newer F-150 owners out there that are after a lower profile fender flare that's gonna offer some protection without the risk of breaking a large one but for someone that still wants to get away with tough looks with its riveted styling. In terms of the installation, despite the need to tap just a couple holes, I'm still gonna be giving this an easy one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter here and about an hour's worth of labor, and I'm gonna show you how coming up soon.So why would you wanna get into a set like these compared to a larger flare? Well ultimately, guys, at the end of the day, it will come down to personal preference and the look that you're after but these will hug your fenders that much more closely. While they may not be ideal for doing some mudding, they're still gonna protect your fender lips from any type of small brush or debris on trails.Now, these are also gonna be great if you're looking to accent other bead lock style parts on your rig be it grills or wheels but you're not too into the idea of adding a ton of plastic or bolt to your truck. Now looks and functionality aside here, guys, this U.S. manufactured kit is made up of a plastic TPO material which is gonna be able to take a beating be it on or off-road. Furthermore, you're not gonna have to worry about the finish coming apart or flaking over time as it is UV resistant.Now in terms the of pricing here, guys, with premium materials and being manufactured right here in the U.S., this set is gonna come in towards the top at about $415 to $430. Let's switch gears to the installation portion. Like I said earlier, you're looking at an easy one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter here, despite needing to do the slightest amount of drilling. And getting started, before you even take the flares to your truck, you're gonna wanna get your butt and head bolts and then feed them through the holes here and then lock them down with the provided nuts. So after that, you're gonna wanna locate and remove the Phillips head screws which can be found on the inner fender lip. So after that take your new flare and get it up into place, line it up with your holes, and then take the previously removed Phillips head screws and then work them back into place. And after that you're gonna wanna whip out your drill and you're gonna need to tap three holes towards the top of the flare. Now once you're done there take three of the provided Phillips head truss flange screws, and then work them into your newly drilled holes.Moving to the rear, you're gonna wanna start by removing the push clips on the rear bumper lip. After that you're gonna wanna take one of the provided S-clips and work that through the front of the rear fender lip. And once you're done there you're gonna wanna line this up, we're gonna take another provided S-clips and get that in place along with reinstalling the OEM factory push clip you took out in the first step. So after that you're gonna need to tap a couple holes, we'll then take the provided four truss flange Phillips head screws, tighten everything down, and then you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my quick review of RBP's Body Armor Fender trimmed in a textured black finish fitting your 2015 through 2017 F-150 which can be found right here at americantrucks.com.
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Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
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Installation Time: Afternoon
September 29, 2017
The hardware (nuts, bolts, etc) was not in a bag and was scattered all over the box. I had to purchase 8 lock nuts that were missing. The instructions said to use a 5/16 wrench to take off the fender screws - I ended up using 3mm and 5mm tools. The flares don't hug the fender well in some areas due to the material (a little flimsy). I have yet to go through a car wash... They do look nice so I'll wait and see how they last.
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Installation Time: Afternoon
June 08, 2017
fender flare parts and installation
allen head bolts and lock nuts did not match. specs said 5/16 wrench. wrong 1/2 inch required. flare material very flimsy. not worth the price would not recommend.
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