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78-79: What fitted fender flare options still exist for us?

Heya guys!

Been doing some research on fender flares and am coming up with nothing but disco'd part numbers. I'm looking for a flare like the Bushwackers used on "Das Bronco" on the Trucks show.



Is there an option still available short of hoping some brittle, clapped out used stuff shows up on CL or fitting another model and hoping it sorta-kinda fits?

Thanks for your thoughts and comments!
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those are cutouts is that what you want or just regular flares ?
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Sorry for my ignorance, Huck. I'm not familiar with the visual difference between the two. What do the flares look like compared to these? Then I can tell you which ones I'd like :)

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don't be that way .. Ive spent a lot of time in off road shops been into the big trucks since before i could drive .. cutouts are what they used on das bronco to stuff a bigger tire with less lift usually pretty bulky .. then you have a regular flare which is more subtle and just add like maybe enough coverage to keep all the crap off the side of the truck ..the smaller flare are hard to find i wanna say i saw someone ebay or craigslist
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If they look less substantial than the cutouts then I'm pretty sure I want the cutouts I've got a lot of tire showing that I'd like to get covered and I've always liked the look of them.

I really appreciate the part numbers, I am now armed with knowledge and as my action figure once told me, "Knowing is half the battle".
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Same part numbers as above, sold at summit racing.


Cutout flares are just that: you have to cut part of your fenders for them to fit right. Normal flares just mount on the stock fender lips.

I have a set of cut-outs on my 85. Tons of coverage, and allow me to run 37" tires on a 4" lift with plenty of extra space.

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Same part numbers as above, sold at summit racing.


Cutout flares are just that: you have to cut part of your fenders for them to fit right. Normal flares just mount on the stock fender lips.

I have a set of cut-outs on my 85. Tons of coverage, and allow me to run 37" tires on a 4" lift with plenty of extra space.
Thanks a bunch Blue. I've been doing a bit of Googling on it and I've noticed how large the wheel openings get with them.



That's a lot of opening with 37's and I'm running 35's. My tired little 5.8 won't push any more tire and I wonder if it would look comical with the tire and 4" lift combined and a wheel well that large.

Googling shall continue.
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Add lip out of metal like BonsaiDave did on his big truck. life & time of my 79
I have also seen landscaping edging used and it looked fairly decent.
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By fitted, I was assuming fitted to the body line contours like that picture under the front corner of Das Bronco. Do you mean that, or fitted to the stock arc of the wheel well opening?
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Add lip out of metal like BonsaiDave did on his big truck. life & time of my 79
I have also seen landscaping edging used and it looked fairly decent.
That does look fantastic, he did a great job on it. I guess if I find myself with a lot of spare time, I can try going that route but I doubt my execution will look as good as his.

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By fitted, I was assuming fitted to the body line contours like that picture under the front corner of Das Bronco. Do you mean that, or fitted to the stock arc of the wheel well opening?
Correct to the first, TS. I just didn't realize at first how much arch those get rid of. I think it might look a little silly with 35's but I haven't found any pics via search yet explicitly of the cutouts and 35's so I'm not sure yet.

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if you did 35s you could ditch the lift with cutouts check out FordTrucksEveryday on here
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I think the 35s would be a touch on the small side... But that's just me. I don't like the way a 6" lift looks with 35s either. They look too small. For street driving I could fit 40s on mine with the 4" lift and cut-outs, but there wouldn't be much articulation.
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I have to agree with you guys. I think they're just too much for my tires. It'd look like one of those monster trucks with travel wheels equipped.



I think I'll give it a miss for now and maybe revisit the option after I've won the lottery and installed a 460.

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I think the gap would be ok, it would be that the tires don't stick out even with the edge of the flares that would look goofy to me.
My 78 has the rears cut due to cancer about where cutouts would be and I think it looks fine with a 35" tire
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I think I'm running a 12.50 tire on a 10 inch rim with 3.5?(if memory serves) backspace. I've got a bit of protrusion(sorry for no line of sight shot, I know a side shot is not very useful for a visual):


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This is what you'd end up with, only not quite as bad.

Is why I said what I did. Works great to keep stuff off but looks funny. However the gap isn't bad

Just for comparison this one has same gap but the wheel offset is right


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That made me throw up in my mouth a little.
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schwim... did bog come with a lift? If you are un-lifted and want to run 35's, I think the cut outs would work.
pretty sure I've seen that here a time or two over the years from members we rarely see anymore.
I think GillaMonster did it with his old Bronco but he hasn't been around regularly for some time now.
I know Damager did the landscape material wheel wells and they actually looked good enough, you'd never know it was a cheap-off.

anyway... someone might confirm or deny, but I think the cut-outs and 35's w/no lift are an option.
my ol' lady's '78 XLT is running 33/12.5/15 SSR's on 15x10 wheels and works great and suffers no turning radius loss from rubbing.

IF you've got a lift or are aching to get into one, then I'd probably go with the fender fit flares and a 4" lift for 35's on the 2nd gen.
Again... you should double check. I may be wrong... but I was certain the combo worked on something when I thought I could work it on my '95.
Recently got corrected and had to re-think a whole lot, after buying all the tires I'd need.



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