Metal Fender Flares Guide
A little about metal Flares VS Fiber Glass.
Metal Flares are Stronger and can flex side to side and just like your cars body is made from metal and is the stronger choice for long lasting Flares.
Fiber glass requires more prep work and will crack generally with the slightest impact. We have tested these flares in a variety base of sports cars for Circuit to Street cars. Extremely lowered cars can appreciate this as the flares have not outside Lip (will not catch when turning and going up a curb) like factory cars and turn without problems. Professional metal body shops are HIGHLY recommended for a Perfect look.
For an UBER Flare Job, we HIGHLY Suggest Before you install the flares please have your car lowered to you desired height + aligned and you wheel/tire of choice for you project. We can’t express how IMPORTANT this is.
The Reason: How much your wheels protrudes/pocks outside your Fender/quarter panel will determine the Shape the flares will need to be shaped to tuck in your wheel/tire combination.
Always wear gloves and safety glasses! These are Metal flares and you will cut you!
This is a Guide to installation for your flares, BUT it’s not limited to the ONLY way.
- When you open the box, you will see the flares in a raw Mild Steel state
- (Unless you order Aluminum or Stainless Steel). The back side in label “Back side” and will be the non-visible side.
- Shaping the flares is rather easy. Start with ONE flare do a front install then a back flare (one side of the car ONLY) We will be explained later why.
- We have used a few ways with no special tools needed. This is where the installers can ‘Make” the closest decided shape to your tire and wheel combo UNLIKE Fiberglass units they are Pre-molded, and you’re stuck with the shape and typically your wheels are too far in (THEN you order bolt on spacers Right?) THIS isn’t fiberglass flares, so you have some give to decide how close to want to eliminate the wheel gap and the need for expensive Spacers.
- We use more and more metal flares to contour to the cars body easier. The way to shape the flares is method #1 is the wheel and tire that will be used on the car can be used to give the shape of the flare by ‘Rolling’ the fender flare on top of the tire(the wheel of course need to be off the car) rolling the fender flare back and forth with “curve” the fender flare to start an initial roll. This can be done side to side take your time this isn’t a How fast can I do this job. Patience will get the shape you want.
- Method#2 you can use your thigh with working mechanic pants (No shorts please we don’t need you to have a nurse take care of you because you decided to slice into your leg because you had shorts on although the Nurse part taking care of you doesn’t sound so bad? hmm … Well back to Reality Use gloves and proper working pants so you can center the flare and start from the middle to ‘SLIGHTLY” roll it back and forth on your thigh then move more out words left or right and do the same and SLIGHTLY, take your time this ISN’T a race. Perfection will come from doing this in small increments. The MORE aggressive the Rolling would be for wider tire or lower offset cars. You can always start with a small roll and then put in on the car for a visual and clearance to the tire. NOW remember we said do a front flare and a back flare? Well once on side of the car is done, go ahead and use your finished flares pick front or back and get one flare and STACK them together and REPEAT the same Rolling method you chose to get the desired Curve so Both sides left and right Match perfect!
- Once you have achieved the roll you like, and the tire clearances is there going ahead and match it body of the car. Tape is recommended to hold the flares in place and install both front and back.
When all flares are finished, and you have tape them to the car and like the curve you made NOT only is this a unique look its CUSTOM tailed to go with your cars set up this is #1 reason Overseas custom shops offer this but since all is made including the flares the price is VERY expensive as a result. So, we made all SSworxs products manufacture in USA and CNC machine cut for perfection.
- The final install is to attach them to the car this can be made in several ways and will cater to a RACE look with Rivets to attach (we advise use Sealant like seam sealer and will have a nice seal look SAME method used by World known RWB Porsche installer Nakai-San ) or a production car OEM look (tack weld then body work them in smooth) The choice is yours and you are not limited to just this. Body Shops with fender flare experience are Highly recommended for a Perfectionist look and nothing else.
A few tips- make sure the fender flares are painted or coated with a sealant to protect them from rust on the inside (Spray on rubber sealants are sold in auto parts at reasonable prices)
We have plenty of flare pictures on our website SSworxs.com and for questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you any time! Thank you again