It’s supposed to be nice this weekend, and that’s a problem. You’d like nothing more than to spend all day out in the cool breeze and sunshine, soaking up the spring, working on your truck. But it doesn’t need any work. You just changed the oil. The tune-up is fresh. The only thing you have left to do is slap on those Bushwacker Pocket Style fender flares you just got from us.
The trouble is, those elitist, Portland white-coats at Bushwacker made it too easy. Here you have a whole afternoon to burn in the garage, and the Pocket Style install won’t take you more than an hour.
Never fear, bored truck beauty enthusiast. When parts designers cruelly exploit the unoccupied masses with easy installations, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a little tutorial, but instead of making it quick and easy, we’ve added some energy-rich steps to fill up all of that free time and make sure you sleep well tonight.
Step 1: Clean the area. Take some rubbing alcohol or other alcoholic beverage and clean the whole area that the flares will cover.
Step 2: Go ahead and detail the rest of your truck while you’re at it. We’re talking vacuuming out the seat belt receivers, treating the upholstery, and polishing the antenna.
Step 3: Install the edge trim on the flares. This stuff is like the aisle that runs down the middle of the Senate. It creates a subtle, polite buffer to keep your truck paint and the flares from beating each other to an ugly pulp. Peel away about a foot of the adhesive backing and stick the edge trim onto the top edge of the flare, with the wide lip facing up.
Continue peeling and sticking, a foot at a time, until the whole upper edge is covered.
Step 4: Repeat with flares 2-4.
Step 5: Mate each included stainless steel bolt with a nut and screw them into place on each of the flares. There are a lot of these. Feel free to take a break in the middle to rest your weary fingers.
Step 6: Restretch the plastic sheeting behind your door panels. You know…to make sure it’s tight. You won’t regret it. Promise.
Step 7: Remove the hardware holding on the stock fender flares, if you have them. If you don’t, you’ll still need to remove the screws or fasteners holding on the outer rim of the inner fender. You’ll find them just inside the wheel arches.
Step 8: Take off the stock flares. Actually, they probably fell off when you pulled the fasteners, but that’s beside the point. Put these flares, along with the hardware, aside for future Ebay sales, art projects, or slingshot ammunition.
Step 9: Check the fuel filter. Just give it a good looking at.
Step 10: Install your new fender flares. Depending on what hardware Bushwacker gave you, you’ll use either screws or push-in snap fasteners. You won’t need to do any drilling, thankfully, but if you feel like busting out the DeWalt and going to town, feel free. Just don’t do it to your truck. Use a 2×4 or an empty patch of drywall.
Step 11: Polish the inside of your air intake. If you think about it, when was the last time you gave it a good cleaning? It’s probably filthy.
Step 12: Enjoy not chipping your truck’s flanks every time your wide tires chuck a rock. Also enjoy not getting pulled over for having such wide tires that stick out beyond your flares.
Step 13: Test your airbags to make sure they work.*
*Actually, don’t do this. It’s a very bad idea, and we deeply regret suggesting it. It’s…just don’t do it.
Well, we hope that took you a while. Now, as the sun sets on a perfect spring day, you can rest assured that you’ve spent your time well, and no thanks to the brains at Bushwacker. Join us next week when we walk you through the three-hour process of checking your tire pressure.