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Old 06-04-2013, 09:01 PM
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OEM Fender Flare Install

I just ordered a set of OEM factory take off fender flares. Does anyone know the best/easiest way to install? I know their secured mainly by the 3M foam tape, screws, an u-clamps. Wasn't sure if there was a trick in getting good placement before the tape sticks to the truck.

I'd imagine it would be best to put the flare in place, then carefully pull the tape backing?

Suggestions / recommendations would be appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:48 PM
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Peel the tape last, after the screws are in. Just peel a little bit up on one end ahead of time so that you will be able to grab it and pull it slowly after the flare is in position.

Here is a good video showing how it is done:


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Old 06-12-2013, 07:03 PM
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It is easier to put the fender flare in place and then peel off the protective layer on the double-sided tape.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:20 PM
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Thanks for all the advice. I just finished my install this morning. The hardest past was removing the old 3M tape (OEM factory take-off flares). I ended up purchasing a rubber 3M eraser wheel. It worked great! Then I used some light sand paper to make sure everything was real smooth. The final step was to spray on some adhesive remover and wiped off any remaining adhesive. Then I washed the fender flares real good and let them dry.

From there, I rubbed on some 3M adhesion promotor and put on the new 3M automotive grade foam tape.

I installed the fender flare like the video and your recommendations suggested. I secured the flare with the mounting screws and then I carefully pulled the backing from the 3M tape. Then ran my hands along the flare while applying pressure. afterwords I used a hair dryer (as hot as I could get it) and ran it around the edges of the flare and while running my hand and applying pressure once more. Everything sits nice and flush with a good snug fit.

Here are a few pics. I installed the Sterling Gray Metallic. It off sets the silver ingot super duty nicely.




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Old 09-28-2013, 11:32 AM
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Looks good. Where did you come across those flares? Looking for the exact ones!

Brett
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Looks good. Where did you come across those flares? Looking for the exact ones!

Brett
Sorry for the late response! Been traveling and this is my first access to the internet. I purchased the fender flares on ebay. You'll find factory OEM take-offs. Here is the link the the guy's store I purchased from. Don't see the grey metallic on his site at the moment, but, he always has a good inventory of new factory take-offs. A lot cheaper than ordering new ones and having them painted. But, you'll have to take the time to clean off all the old 3m tape and install new tape (just like my write up). Well worth the cost savings.

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Great thread. Thanks for taking the time to help us all out.
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