Originally Posted by Odyknuck
I have no plans to run larger tires. When I replace the OEMs I may g up one size however still within the wheel well. I am looking for stone chip protection. I am considering the flares as they appear to cover the metal wheel well flange. My concern with either is the trapping of salt behind them contributing to the rust that I am trying delay. This truck will only be driven 3 to 4,000 miles a year at best to tow my Toy hauler for off roading. The plan is to keep it for at least 12 years. Yea I know that's pretty funny!
I went with OEM fender flares because their held on with 3M tape that adhere to your fender as well as screws in the wheel well. I kept reading about the aftermarket fender flares and they all appear to have a rubber seal that rests against your fender, which traps dirt and debris and eventually leads to paint rubbing. OEM fender flares with the 3M tape protects the paint a little better (IMO).
Then I installed the OEM molded mud flaps that secure over the fender flare. Sure, it'll trap dirt and likely rub the paint. but, I like the looks of the molded flaps and worst case scenario; it's rubbing paint on a plastic parts and won't be noticed unless I remove the flaps.
I've been thinking of removing the mud flaps and spraying that small area will clear plast-dip and then re-installing the mud flap. This might help protect the paint on the fender flare.
Here is the thread on my fender flare install after I found some factory take-off on eBay: OEM Fender Flare Install