Are you running wide tires or wheels with negative offset? Your tires throw dirt and mud down the sides of your truck that can cause paint chips or other damage. No need to worry! There is an easy solution! One of the best ways to preserve the sides of your truck is with the use of fender flares. Most fender flares are bolt-on and they come in a variety of styles and finishes! I’ve always been a fan of the “bolt-on” look flares as I really think they can make a truck look tough. Painted-to-match fender flares also look much better! I only found two companies that manufacture painted-to-match Fender Flares. I own an EGR Bug Guard, so I decided to purchase the EGR Painted Fender Flares from Realtruck.com. After installing them and driving with them for 2,000 miles, I wanted to give you guys my thoughts and observations.
MY FINAL RULING ON THE EGR Painted Fender Flares
Overall, I really liked the EGR Painted Fender Flares. They look great, they were easy to install, and they definitely keep rocks and debris from hitting the sides of my truck. If it wasn't for the ugly rubber gasket and the fitment issues with the emblems these fender flares would almost be a perfect product! I was really impressed with the degree of accuracy on the paint for my white fender flares! They match the truck extremely well. Unfortunately, these fender flares are not available for every single color for my specific truck. You may have fewer options. If they are available for your truck, however, I definitely recommend them!
I give the quality of the EGR Painted Flares an "8" as they are sturdy, they fit snugly, and they match the truck's paint color very well. The major complaint I had was that huge rubber gasket. I think EGR kind of took a shortcut when they designed the gasket and while, yes, it definitely protects your paint, it is way overkill for the product. Fender Flares aren't just a practical product. They are meant to be aesthetically pleasing too!
Since their installation, i've driven over 2,000 miles with the EGR Painted Fender Flares on my truck. This is actually the first time i've ever had fender flares on my truck so I don't have much to compare them to, however, I am no stranger to wet conditions and the impact it has on your truck. I've noticed significantly less dirt and mud on the sides of the truck. I've also sustained 0 rock chips on the sides of my truck from 1,800 miles of highway driving from Florida to Indiana and back!
Keep in mind, I am running a stock wheel and tire set up! These fender flares give you an additional two inches of tire clearance! If you have fourteen-wides on your truck, you should opt for a much wider fender flare that sticks out more for maximum coverage! If you don't you will still be susceptible to rock chips and a very dirty truck, however, you will still be much better off than stock!
At $688 on RealTruck right now, these are the cheapest, painted-to-match, bolt-on-look fender flares available! Bushwacker's bolt-on fender flares will run you $100 more. If you were to get the fender flares unpainted you could potentially save some money if you're decent at painting! The color match was spot on though. The EGR Painted Fender Flares matched the color of the truck perfectly. This was my biggest concern, especially since my truck is white. White is one of the most difficult colors to paint as there are so many different shades.
While $688 isn't cheap, these aren't just a product that will make your truck look better. Fender Flares are an investment. You're protecting the sides of your truck from rock chips and a potential re-paint in the future!
The exterior design of the EGR Painted Fender Flares is wonderful. The flares look themselves look great, but we really disliked the size of the rubber gasket used to protect your truck's paint. The rubber gasket literally sticks out from the fender flares and results in a huge eye sore. I used a box cutter to cut half of each rubber gasket until it was no longer visible. This actually took me more time than the installation itself as you have to be careful to not damage the paint! Another dislike is that the front fenders on my 2018 Ram 2500 actually sit on top of the Cummins Turbo Diesel badges. I will be removing the badges whenever the truck is wrapped but this could be an issue if you don't want to remove the badges!
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