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Old 01-11-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Pros/Cons of fiberglass fenders

Don't really know much about them except they look pretty wicked. My question is are there any disadvantages of having them on a daily driver? Also, will they provide any benefit if you don't have a long travel kit installed or something?

I was surprised that the glassworks fenders weren't all that expensive. Of course, I'm sure the expensive part is getting them installed/painted...
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it allows you to flex out bigger tires than say 33s without trimming or tubbing the fenderwell

**Edit** see the Demello Tacoma
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I'd go with 35"s if your gonna get glass.

The only disadvantage I could think of is that it makes your truck wider, could make the trails a little tight.
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look at fiber werx. they are pretty good to or downey off road is way cheaper.

just look them up.
i want to get a one peice front for my 95 that will make it look like an 08
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and 05tacoTRD you better get that camber checked, it looks like you got some posy on that front
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look at fiber werx. they are pretty good to or downey off road is way cheaper.

just look them up.
i want to get a one peice front for my 95 that will make it look like an 08
i dont think downey makes glass for the 05+

i just looked on the fiberwerx site...those 1 piece race truck kits look badass!

and the conversion kits too!

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Installation is a pain but it's worth the time. I spent hours sanding each of the front fenders to get everything to line up properly. I still need to buy and install the new bedsides. Do yourself a favor and buy a Dremel if you don't already have one.

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Looks a little goofy on a non-long-travel truck but I wanted them to avoid the chance of sheet metal bending and tearing into my tires.

There's no standard means of mounting the antenna with these. I zip-tied mine to the truck under the passenger side fender and it's worked for me. Next I need to re-route the air intake since it now sucks in from the wheelwell with nothing protecting it from water spraying up from the tires.
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I know on the 1st gens you can get them with a mild flare on them so it doesnt look wierd without long travel, idk about 05+ but if you can get a set with a mild flare on it with 285's and maybe a some wheels that stick out farther than stock it would look awesome!
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Installation is a pain but it's worth the time. I spent hours sanding each of the front fenders to get everything to line up properly. I still need to buy and install the new bedsides. Do yourself a favor and buy a Dremel if you don't already have one.

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Looks a little goofy on a non-long-travel truck but I wanted them to avoid the chance of sheet metal bending and tearing into my tires.

There's no standard means of mounting the antenna with these. I zip-tied mine to the truck under the passenger side fender and it's worked for me. Next I need to re-route the air intake since it now sucks in from the wheelwell with nothing protecting it from water spraying up from the tires.
mjp2 theres some room and a little area under the intake filter of where u can possibly weld some kind of heat shield to protect it
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mjp2 theres some room and a little area under the intake filter of where u can possibly weld some kind of heat shield to protect it
I'm torn between that and running it into the passenger compartment. I can deal with noise but the ducting will be a PITA. There's a good chance I'll go with what you suggested as long as I can make sure water drains away from the intake if/when it does get through that opening.
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I'm torn between that and running it into the passenger compartment. I can deal with noise but the ducting will be a PITA. There's a good chance I'll go with what you suggested as long as I can make sure water drains away from the intake if/when it does get through that opening.
just wrap the intake in a shamwow!
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just wrap the intake in a shamwow!
That might soak up all the oxygen along with the water! Those things are SUPER absorbent!

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IMO you almost have to have a LT kit to make the glass fenders look good. Otherwise, the truck has a fat top, and no wide bottom to compensate.
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IMO you almost have to have a LT kit to make the glass fenders look good. Otherwise, the truck has a fat top, and no wide bottom to compensate.
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