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How To Install True Edge Fender Flares

One of the quickest ways to make your truck stand out is by installing a set of fender flares. These accessories hang over your truck's wheel wells, providing a wide vehicle profile and giving coverage to oversize wheels and tires. Putting a set of fender flares on your truck can be achieved using basic hand tools. In this how-to guide, we show you the installation process for a set of TrueEdge Painted Fender Flares on a 2011 Ford F-150. Note: Though this installation does require a few 1/4-inch holes to be drilled in the front plastic bumper and vehicle sheet metal, many installations on current generation vehicles can be done with no drilling at all.

  • 1. Ratchet and Socket Set

  • 2. Phillips Screwdriver, Standard and Stubby Lengths

  • 3. Electric Drill with 1/4-Inch Bit

  • 4. Gloves and Safety Glasses

Step 1: Install Fender Flare Trim
Step 1: Install Fender Flare Trim

Fit trim over the edge of the flare and remove the red adhesive tape as you go along.

Step 2: Attach Outer Bolts
Step 2: Attach Outer Bolts

Make sure smooth edge of the washer hits the paint. Tighten down the nyloc nut using included Allen tool to hold bolt in place.

Step 3: Remove Factory Screws From Fender Well
Step 3: Remove Factory Screws From Fender Well

These three screws are located along the edge of the fender well. On this 2011 F-150, they are 7/32-inch screws.

Step 4: Install Flare Bracket
Step 4: Install Flare Bracket

The bracket should align with two of the removed screws. Reinstall top two 7/32nd screws and attach provided U-Clip to hold bracket in place.

Step 5: Test-Fit Fender Flare
Step 5: Test-Fit Fender Flare

With flare in place, mark bottom fender flare hole where it aligns with the plastic bumper for drilling a 1/4-inch hole.

Step 6: Mark Fender Flare for Drilling
Step 6: Mark Fender Flare for Drilling

Determine position of the hole in the frame relative to the fender flare and mark flare for drilling a 1/4-inch hole.

Drill out the plastic bumper and the marked position on the fender flare.
Drill out the plastic bumper and the marked position on the fender flare.

Drill out the plastic bumper and the marked position on the fender flare.

Step 8: Align Fender Flare and Install Hardware
Step 8: Align Fender Flare and Install Hardware

Install included hardware at the newly drilled portions and reinstall the bottom 7/32-inch screws.

Step 9: Install Plastic Fasteners
Step 9: Install Plastic Fasteners

Push in plastic fasteners at the indicated locations to further secure fender flare in place. Some fasteners may not be used on certain applications.

Step 10: Move to Rear of Vehicle
Step 10: Move to Rear of Vehicle

Remove 10mm support beam bolts from the rear wheel wells.

Step 11: Put Flare in Place
Step 11: Put Flare in Place

Loosely reinstall 10mm bolts to hold these in place.

Step 12: Mark Holes
Step 12: Mark Holes

Mark the sheet metal on the inside of the fender where the holes in the fender flare occur.

Step 13: Mark Final Sheet Metal Hole
Step 13: Mark Final Sheet Metal Hole

This hole will require you to move the flare back to mark the proper position.

Step 14: Install U-Clips
Step 14: Install U-Clips

U-clip holes should face toward the tire while the threaded portion should face in toward the body of the vehicle. Loosely install U-Clip bolts.

Step 15: Tighten Hardware
Step 15: Tighten Hardware

With U-clips in place, fully tighten all U-Clip bolts and the 10MM support beam bolts.

Step 16: Repeat Process on Opposite Side
Step 16: Repeat Process on Opposite Side

Complete installation process on opposite side of vehicle.

If you have questions about fender flares or any other accessories, chat or call our product experts.