Re: Fender Flare removal ?
I took my flares completely off and replaced them with Rocky Road wider flares, but in a trick removable manner. I should be done with the photo write-up soon, so you all can have a look. :-)
If you have the plastic flares, they come off pretty easy. I had the metal one's ('90 and later) which were best removed with an air chisel. The real problem with mounting your flares any higher will be those pesky steel lips that the flare mount to. Unfortunately, they ay spot welded to the body. But a few spot weld drill bits and take 'em off! If you live in an area where rust is a problem, expect to find a little (to a lot) of cancer growing behind them. Do the same with those girly plastic rocker flares. Next, grind down the remnants of the spot welds, fill any imperfections and paint to match. You'll need to paint as these lips were installed before they painted the truck at the factory.
If you'll be off-road only, forget putting flares on altogether. If you are running larger tires on the road, you have two options. First, move the steel lips up higher and weld them back on and mount the stock flares. If you are running wide sneakers, get a set of after-markets. I suggest Rocky Road's. Mine are easy to remove and replace (about 5-10 mins. total). Best part they cover everything really well on the road, and when I go wheelin', I pull 'em off and I have a nice clean, NARROW rig. Added benefit is that if I decide to kiss a tree or rock, or fall down and go boom, there will be one less part I'll have to buy and replace. And to top it off they look REAL SWEET!
May the four wheels roll you safely home (\);=